NASCAR will wrap up the 2017 season on Nov. 19 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Located about 40 miles south of Miami, the speedway is a 600-acre facility featuring a 1.5 mile oval and some of the country’s best racing. Perhaps the track’s best feature in mid-November, however, (for any of your non-race fan traveling companions, at least) is that it will still be warm in the Homestead-Miami area. You can use that when you’re trying to convince your spouse to go with you.
Plus, you’ll have this list (below) of things to see and do while you’re there, so you can make a vacation out of it before the holiday frenzy begins.
And for a really unique entrance, call our sales team today to schedule a private charter flight for you and your friends! (I mean, really, how else should you arrive at a NASCAR race except in your own private airplane?)
The Homestead-Miami Speedway is located in Homestead, Florida, 40 miles south of Miami and 7 miles inland from the coast. Guests using our charter service will fly in to the Miami or Opa-Locka Executive Airports.
Where to Stay
The Ritz is a brand name in luxury, and this Coconut Grove location is no exception. The Ritz features 115 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. There is a 6,000 square-foot spa and fitness center, plus acres of manicured gardens and a heated lap pool. All rooms include goose-down pillows (non-allergenic foam pillows are available), 100% Frette linens and a marble bath. (Located 28 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
The Blue, an all-suite hotel, is adjacent to “The Blue Monster,” one of Miami’s most famous golf courses. Guests can choose from Blue Suites, Deluxe One Bedroom Suites or a Three-Bedroom Villa (2,070 square-feet). Full spa and massage services, plus a 24-hour fitness center, are also available. (Located approximately 30 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
If you want to stay close to the Homestead-Miami Speedway, check out the Courtyard by Marriott in Homestead, just a few blocks away from the race. This Courtyard includes single guest rooms or suites (with pullout sofa beds), deluxe bath linens and comfortable beds. (Located 3 miles from the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Consistently ranked as one of the best hotels in the Miami area by publications like Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure, the Biltmore is a destination all by itself. It’s also listed as a National Historic Landmark (the hotel was built in 1920). There are 275 guests rooms, 130 suites with Mediterranean styling, and several three-bedroom penthouses. All rooms have feather bedding, luxury linens and views of the nearby golf course, the pool or the city. Amenities include a spa, tennis courts, fitness center and a 21,000 square-foot pool. (Located 27 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Where to Eat
El Santo Coyote, family-owned and operated since 2000, is dedicated to fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual, family atmosphere. With a 12-page menu of traditional Mexican entrees, there is no shortage of options. And if the weather is nice, check out the outdoor seating underneath one of the tiki huts. (Located near the speedway in Homestead.)
During the day, Etaru is a beach bar. By night, it is a popular Japanese Robatayaki. The beach bar menu items include smashed avocado on toast with wasabi, pancakes with maple-pecan butter and teriyaki salmon salad. Evening menu items include sashimi, Japanese fried chicken, beef short rib with ginger and red pickled onion, and prime beef with eryngii mushrooms. (Located 51 miles north of the speedway in Hollandale Beach.)
Chana is a spin-off of a popular New York City Thai restaurant called Sripraphai by Larry Tipmanee. Specialties include unique Thai spices and authentic flavors. The large menu features drunken noodles, spring rolls, fish and soft shell crab, and sticky rice. (Located in Miami,18 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
For a great burger, head over to Pincho Factory, just 6 miles west of the Biltmore (see above). Pincho was built on the idea that you should know what your burger is made of (namely: quality ingredients). Specialty toppings include gorgonzola cheese, fried eggs, fried plantains, and the Factory’s secret pink sauce. (Located in Miami, 23 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Zagat-rated and a local favorite, Blue Collar is the kind of place where people don’t mind waiting for a seat. Their mac ‘n’ cheese has been listed as one of the Ten Best in Miami, and they were voted “Best Restaurant” for 2017 by Burger Beast, a blog that celebrates comfort food in the Miami area. Menu items include: Jambalaya, ribs, cheese grits, cheeseburgers, and philly cheeseteak. Blue Collar is also popular for brunch, where menu items include: Lemon buttermilk pancakes, brioche french toast, steak and eggs, and a veggie scramble. (Located in Miami, 39 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Things to See & Do
For two hours, you can drive an exotic automobile at speeds up to 135 miles per hour around the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The experience includes 15 minutes of instruction, a demonstration, one-on-one coaching from a racing professional, and, of course, you and your dream car doing laps at top speeds. Car options include: Audi R8, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari GT, and McLaren. Prices begin at $249. (Located at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
The Coral Castle Museum is a garden of stone sculptures that were built by hand by Edward Leedskalnin between 1923-1951. Leedskalnin used more than 1,100 tons of coral rock to make his creations. Singer Billy Idol wrote his song “Sweet Sixteen” after visiting Coral Castle, and eventually the music video was filmed on location there as well. The museum is open daily for visitors. (Located in Homestead, 5 miles from the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Just outside the Everglades National Park, the Alligator Farm is South Florida’s oldest in operation and contains more than 2,000 alligators. Visitors can take a 25 minute airboat ride to get up close and personal (as well as wet) with the gators, turtles, fish and birds. There also are several animal shows, such as the popular Snake Show, and, of course, an Alligator Show and feeding. Private tours are available for guests who want a behind-the-scenes peek at the animals’ lives and care. (Located in Homestead, 10 miles from the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
See the Miami skyline from the water on a private sailing tour on Biscayne Bay. Sailing on Biscayne Bay offers personalized experiences that range from 2 hours to 8 hours in length. You can even ask to anchor and get out to swim or try your hand at sailing, too. Lunch and dinner are served on longer tours, and non-alcoholic drinks are included. You can bring your own champagne or wine. (Located in the Miami area, 28 miles north of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
This site in the Everglades National Park is home to one of the last well-preserved artifacts of the Cold War: a Nike Hercules Missile Site. The base has not been in use since 1979, but it remains almost exactly the same as when the government left it. There are 22 buildings to see, including a missile assembly facility, missile barns, barracks and more. The guided tour covers 0.7 miles and takes 1.5 hours to complete. The tour schedule changes seasonally. (Located 2 miles southwest of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.)
Contact us today and let us help you plan a trip to the Homestead-Miami for the NASCAR finale. We operate our own fleet and can source any size aircraft from an extensive domestic and international user network, which gives you total flexibility.