Take a Ride on Miami's Highways to Hell
An aging population, tourists and immigrants all add frustrating cluelessness to the roads in the area. The Daily Beast rated State Road 112 - the stretch of highway from Miami Beach to the airport - as the 10th worst in the country. But that's far from the only bad commute in Miami.
Miami residents agree that the traffic on the 112 is atrocious. Try getting to the airport, one of the key stops off the 112. Chances are you'll miss your flight.
But some might counter with their own opinion as to the worst stretch of road in South Florida.
Take the Palmetto Expressway, a north/south highway that links drivers from the suburbs of Kendall, through the booming western municipality of Doral, past Cuban-centric Hialeah and north to the manicured lawns of Miami Lakes. Brutal. So bad in fact, a blog was created about it called Stuck on the Palmetto.
Despite the five to six lanes of traffic in each direction, State Road 826 (it's official name) is bumper to bumper. That said, the traffic hasn't kept the neighborhoods alongside it from booming.
Doral, just west of Miami International Airport, is far from the beach, but close to tons of amenities like the Dolphin Mall, an enormous outlet shopping center. Doral's walled communities make it the perfect destination for young families and someone looking for lots of space without the price tag that generally comes with it.
And the truth is, despite the traffic, the Palmetto links to the Dolphin Expressway, I-95 and I-75. Those connections take you east, west, north and south.
There's U.S. 1 south to Kendall. Get stuck heading north to downtown Miami in the morning or diving home after 4 p.m., and you're better off pulling over for a colada to boost your energy. The road stretches south through some of the area's wealthiest neighborhoods - Coconut Grove, Coral Gables and Pinecrest - to the Florida Keys.
Smart drivers take the scenic route. Smart real estate buyers figure out that no matter where you live you're bound to get stuck in traffic.