Although the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area is thought of as mostly beaches and bars, there are some behind the scenes discoveries to include in the mix for a one or two day sample itinerary by car.

Arise very early from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to avoid grid lock winter traffic. Head south along I-95 which becomes U.S. Highway 1; about 40 miles to Key Largo, the first in the island chain called the Keys. Replete with snorkeling and reef diving opportunities, Key Largo abounds with rental boats, gear and instructors. Side trips to the Everglades are also an option.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email

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