Florida Road Trip

Summer’s almost here and after being cooped up for weeks, a road trip sounds fantastic! You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. VW South Florida put together some ideas for fun summer Florida road trips. This trip takes you from your home here in sunny south Florida up the east coast, across northern central Florida and finally ends in a small town in northwestern Florida. Go ahead, launch Google Maps and take a virtual ride with us!

If you’re looking for natural wonders: crystal clear springs, coral reefs and caves, head up the east coast and hit Hobe Sound first! There you’ll find Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, a barrier island with white sand beaches and limestone formations. You might even catch a glimpse of sea turtles. Guests of Blowing Rocks Preserve enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving – so pack your gear, or you’ll have to rent some when you arrive. You can also hike photo-worthy trails and learn about their conservation efforts at the education center.

Next stop on your trip up the coast would thrill any prospective astronomer: Merritt Island. Merritt Island is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a major tourist attraction. You could meet an astronaut, enjoy the automated thrills of the Shuttle Launch Experience or explore their interactive displays. You can train like an astronaut in their simulator and take a bus tour through restricted areas. There’s a rocket garden and even an IMAX Theater. If you’re not excited about space, you might prefer the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This wildlife conservation park is home to 21 endangered species and you’re sure to catch a few alligators.

Continue heading north along the coast and turn inland a bit to visit Ocala National Forest. Just an hour north of Orlando is a forest with more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs and the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. It’s ideal for hiking and camping and is known for all kinds of water activities. Here you can find Juniper Springs, off State Road 40 and Alexander Springs on Lake County Road 445. These crystal clear springs are a constant temperature of 72 degrees year round and snorkeling is allowed at both. At these springs, guests picnic, paddle, swim and bird watch. It would be a fun and relaxing stop during your memorable tour of Florida.

We’re not done yet! Just 45 minutes northwest of Ocala’s National Forest is Devil’s Den! The Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring in North Central Florida is a collapsed cave over an underground spring. It’s a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age have been found in this cave. They are now on display at The University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History. You must either snorkel or scuba dive to enter the cave, but once you’re beneath the surface, you’ll experience a beautiful new world. Devil’s Den offers lodging, an RV park, swimming pools and picnic areas so there’s plenty to do when you’re not in the caves.

If you’re looking for something a little more physically challenging, make a stop at Torreya State Park in Bristol. At this 13,735 acre Florida State Park, visitors can experience biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, tubing, paddling and picnicking. There is lodging available as well as campgrounds. This park features 150-foot high bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River, hiking trails with beautiful views and a museum.

Another hour northwest, and you’ll reach Florida Caverns State Park. Enjoy an underground adventure with caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites decorated with colored LED lighting. Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides take you through winding pathways in colorfully lit caverns that are always a cool 65 degrees. You might encounter bats, mice, snakes and frogs but it’ll be worth it!

Finally, we come to the end of our northward trek through Florida. The final stop of our tour is just a half hour west of our previous stop. Falling Waters State Park is in a small town in northwestern Florida called Chipley. Falling Waters Sink is a 100 foot deep, 20 foot wide cylindrical pit. A small stream flows into it, dropping 73 feet to the bottom. It’s considered Florida’s highest waterfall. There’s a beautiful park with a small pond for fishing and swimming area. It’s a terrific place for picnics with gorgeous landscapes and helpful staff. Regroup and refresh in Chipley after a successful road trip.

If you’re contemplating a road trip this summer, you may want to upgrade your ride. Consider a new Volkswagen Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport. The 7-passenger and 5-passenger SUVs are loaded with convenience technology, comfortable seating and the some of the biggest available cargo spaces. Take a look at our current offers or visit a dealership near you.


A message from Volkswagen CEO Scott Keogh

Dear Volkswagen Drivers,

I hope this note finds you well. The world has turned upside down in the past two months. People are worried about their health, their finances, their jobs, their parents, and the future. Timeless rituals like holidays or birthdays or weddings or weekend baseball or dinner out are on hold, and we’re all looking for signs that it’s safe to come back out again.

But in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak, we’re seeing good all around us. We’re seeing neighbors look after neighbors. We’re seeing skies clear. We’re seeing New York pause each evening to celebrate the helpers. And we’re seeing all the ways in which transportation is as essential as ever.

From hospital workers and grocery personnel, to first responders and pharmacists, to people delivering supplies to friends, family, and customers, people count on their cars to perform our country’s most vital services.

We’re also essential in the lives of the people we employ. About 8,800 people in the U.S. work across the VW Group brands, at our parts warehouses and ports and at our Chattanooga factory. And when you include our dealer networks, we indirectly contribute to the livelihood of about 35,000 more in the U.S.

A lot goes into the decisions we make as a company, especially during a 100‑year storm like this one. And I wanted to take a moment to share a bit of the framework for how we’re making decisions for our customers, employees and dealers. We intend to take the long view and always consider health and safety above all else as we do our part to help keep America moving.

For Volkswagen in the U.S., this issue started relatively small in the supply chain. Within weeks, the regional crisis became global. As cities and states moved to lock down their communities, we shut down our offices March 13 and asked everyone who could work from home to do so. We followed the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help protect the workers in our factory, our call centers and our parts distribution centers to maintain production of vehicles for people who needed one, as well as parts for repairs. Many dealers have begun to pivot to no‑touch drop offs for Service, as well as virtual walk‑arounds, no‑touch test drives, and digital signatures for purchase contracts.

As this rolling blackout shut down the biggest parts of the U.S. economy, we balanced managing a company with all of our costs and what was now a fraction of our revenue. While that business logic is simple, these decisions are about much more than cold math. I think a company has an obligation to its employees and communities as much as it does its shareholders. I also know the people who work in this company, and I know that we’ll need as many of them as possible, if we’re to come out on the other side of this storm more than just viable.

As the market collapsed, we had to idle the Chattanooga factory on March 21, but kept workers on full pay until April 10. Once the federal relief package took effect, we furloughed the production teams, while keeping them on full medical benefits, after paying out first‑quarter bonuses. That helped provide a cushion and let them take advantage of the expanded unemployment benefits until work resumes, which we expect to happen in early May.

For customers who’ve been impacted by this crisis, we worked with the tools at our disposal, helping to ease the financial stresses of owning and maintaining your vehicle. Highly qualified owners of most new VW models who finance their purchase through Volkswagen Credit can defer their first month’s payment for 180 days, with no interest for 72 months.* We also have flexible payment options for customers who’ve lost their job**.

We’re also serving our community by shifting gears to support essential services and workers. Along with Faurecia, which makes fabric for our seats, we’re manufacturing masks and gowns for healthcare workers and we’re helping make visors in Chattanooga for area hospitals.

Many VW Dealers are in the process of repurposing their service loaners as delivery vehicles. Their employees have been bringing supplies to local food banks, carrying out food from local restaurants to customers in their homes, and making other essential deliveries.

In so many ways, life is different today from just a few weeks ago. Some of that change is unthinkable. But some of it has been magical. The commute to my coffee table takes about a minute. My wife and I can have coffee together every morning and I’m home for dinner every night. I hope you’ve been able to find the small but profound amid the new and chaotic in your own lives, too.

For now, be safe, be well and know that I, and all of our dealers and colleagues at Volkswagen of America, are thinking of and supporting you every day.


Scott Keogh
CEO and President of Volkswagen Group of America

* Offer available for highly qualified customers on new, unused 2019 & 2020 Volkswagen models financed by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers only. Example: For 0% APR, monthly payment for every $1,000 you finance for 72 months is $13.89. No down payment required. Other amounts may be due at signing. Not all customers will qualify for credit approval or advertised APR. Limited to two offers per household. May not be combined with certain other offers. Not available on lease offers. We will schedule your first payment exactly 180 days from the date of the contract. Dealer sets actual price. Excludes business customers. Offer ends April 30, 2020. See your Volkswagen dealer for details.
** Offer for current customers requires Volkswagen Credit account in good standing. Offer for new customers subject to important limitations. See for details.

Everyday Heroes

These are unprecedented times: social distancing, a toilet paper shortage and a full scale global shut down. But even though we’re all self-isolating, in many ways, we’re closer than ever. In this shared crisis, everyday heroes are the ones making the difference: the health care workers and first responders, of course. But also the grocery store stockers, online teachers and delivery drivers. At VW South Florida, we just wanted to remind you that some of those everyday heroes, your neighbors and friends, are working right now at a Volkswagen dealership near you.

Our sales and service departments are still open, ensuring everyone who needs reliable transportation has reliable transportation. Our cleaning crews are working diligently to keep every facility sanitary and safe. Our lot porters and drivers are picking up and delivering vehicles for service or home deliveries so customers don’t have to risk leaving their homes. And our lending partners are ensuring fast, easy credit approvals online and by phone. Everyday heroes are changing oil and replacing tires, making sure other everyday heroes can get to where they’re needed most.

Volkswagen is also pitching in to help with unprecedented offers like 0% APR financing for up to 72 months; that’s no interest for 6 years. And, if you’re concerned about being able to make your monthly payments – we’re offering to defer payments on new purchases for up to 6 months! That’s no interest for six years and no payments for six months on most new Volkswagen models. Plus, all new 2020 VW vehicles come with two years of complimentary maintenance, so keeping your vehicle in its best condition isn’t a financial burden.

As a country, we’ve survived many catastrophes; as individuals, we’ve overcome personal adversity. What makes it easier, is having someone to lean on. Your Volkswagen dealerships of South Florida are here to help in any way we can. Stay safe and healthy and reach out to us if we can help.


Super Bowl LIV in Miami

The Super Bowl is almost here! And it’s almost, literally, here! This year’s Super Bowl LIV (which means 54) takes place right here in Miami on February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium. While we don’t know who the final teams will be just yet, we do know that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing at halftime. And we have details on some of the key activities surrounding the big game.

Super Bowl Opening Night is Monday, January 27th at 7:10PM in Marlins Park. Opening Night is when players and coaches from both teams will be in the same place, at the same time, talking to the media and smiling for cheering fans. There will be interview sessions and appearances by the cheerleaders and team mascots. Take pictures and get free autographs from NFL players. There will even be an opportunity to win prizes, including tickets to the big game!

Super Bowl Live is a free fan-centric event that runs from Saturday, January 25th through Saturday, February 1st. It will feature a Tailgate Town, cooking demonstrations, fan activities, sponsored booths, live music, dance performances, water shows and other fun football spectacles. Super Bowl Live will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. For detailed hours of operation, check out the Super Bowl Live page.

Visit the Miami Beach Convention Center for the Super Bowl Experience – an interactive theme park offering games, football clinics, merchandise and autograph sessions. Tickets are on sale now and include all games and attractions; prices vary depending on the day, but range from $20 to $40 for adults; kids are FREE! You can purchase tickets through

It’s the biggest sporting event of the year and it’s here – in South Florida! Celebrate with a new Volkswagen, perfect for tailgating, like the new, 7-passenger Atlas! Check out our current offers or visit a Volkswagen dealership near you and score a great deal!


New Years Parties in South Florida

New Years Eve is right around the corner and there are plenty of celebrations right here in South Florida. You still have time to join the party! Check out these local events:

For hot Miami fun, check out Miami’s “Under the Fireworks” New Year’s Eve. Join 300 other South Florida partiers on one of Florida’s largest mega-yachts, The South Beach Lady, for a premium buffet, open bar, live DJs and a view of the fireworks from the water. This VIP event runs from $250 per person to a Platinum VIP ticket for $299. They also have group rates. Check to get your tickets.

Another VIP Event you might be interested in is The Gale Rooftop NYE Party! Called a Top-Tier Rooftop event, you can take in the views of South Beach and the annual fireworks show from the top of the Gale Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, a 5-hour open bar with the friendliest bartenders in town and a champagne toast. Tickets are about $180. Visit for details.

In Ft. Lauderdale, check out the Balcony Las Olas for their 2020 Masquerade Party from 9pm til Midnight. With three bars, an open-air rooftop, balcony bar, big screen TVs and dining, this party is going to be grand! Tickets include premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, live DJ, balloon drop and more! There are $99 General Admission tickets and $149 VIP Reserved Tables. Las Olas will be a beautiful place to ring in the New Year! Visit to purchase tickets… and don’t forget your mask!

The W Fort Lauderdale is throwing a futuristic event called Tomorrowland 2020. They’re touting “hypnotic visuals” and “electrifying live entertainment”. The W is located right on Ft. Lauderdale beach, so a great view is guaranteed. Enjoy 4 DJs, live music, gourmet food, a balloon drop and futuristic entertainment. It starts at 9:30 and has multiple ticket tiers from $75 per person to group experiences for over $4000. For more information, check out the event page.

Ring in the new year at PGA National in Palm Beach at their New Year’s Eve Gala. This resort has put together room packages as well as single ticket purchase options. Their party includes a cocktail reception, multi-station dinner buffet, unlimited open bar, a live band with dancing and a midnight balloon drop. Kids are even welcomed! Plus, there’s an after party! Tickets start at about $280 for adults and around $200 for kids. Members get a 20% discount. More information at

Looking for something fun and FREE? Head down to the Keys this New Year’s for the Key West New Year’s Eve Celebration! There are ball drops, conch-shell drops, high-heel shoe drops and a pirate wench drop across Key West. People party in the streets and you can participate for free! There’s a sunset celebration with performances by magicians, jugglers and artists as the sun sets in Mallory Square. Choose to enjoy dinner at one of a dozen nearby restaurants. And party ‘til the sun comes up. Tons of information at

Regardless of where you go or what you do, be safe! Don’t drink and drive! And have a Happy New Year, from your friends at VW South Florida! And, hey, if you want to start the new year in a new car, check out our current offers or visit a location near you!


Basic vs. Better: 2020 Toyota Camry

The 2020 Toyota Camry is now available. It’s been applauded for its reliability and newly added driver-assistance safety technology. But that’s no surprise. Toyota has always been a pretty safe bet. But it’s also kind of boring. Sure, the Camry is one of the best-selling vehicles in America, but that means every other car on the road is a Camry. It’s generic. It’s vanilla. And it happens to be more expensive than both the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. So why would you choose basic, when you can afford better? Test drive a German-engineered Volkswagen before you make this expensive decision.

New for 2020 on the Toyota Camry is the aforementioned safety technology including forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also now standard in the 2020 model. (They’re both also standard in all of the new VW models.)

Reviews for the new Camry are lackluster, calling its acceleration numbers “disappointing”. The hybrid gets even worse reviews on performance. On the other hand, the Jetta, with its turbocharged engine, can go 0-60 in 7.7 seconds. The benefits of the Camry include plenty of cargo and passenger space and a comfortable ride, but that can be said about most mid-size sedans, including VW’s.

With a new 2020 Passat on the verge of release and all of the tech-forward options available in the new Jetta, why settle for standard with a generic Toyota? Consider how much time you spend in your vehicle and decide if the Camry has enough benefits to spend thousands more when you can be driving a fun and stylish, award-winning Volkswagen for less. Check out our current specials or find a location near you and take a test drive before you decide.

2020 Toyota Corolla

Forget the 2020 Corolla; Consider VW!

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is Toyota’s latest redesigned sedan. It’s said to be their best yet and is currently on sale, starting at $19,600. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

The new 2020 Corolla lacks Android Auto support. Android Auto is a simple, safe way to use your phone and many of its apps while in the car. It’s designed with safety and convenience in mind to help you stay connected while on the road. For drivers with Android phones looking to purchase a new sedan, a better option may be the new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in the new Volkswagen Jetta.

Another area of concern for drivers looking into the new 2020 Toyota Corolla may be the interior storage space; it’s small in comparison to the competition. Space matters when packing luggage, groceries or family into your vehicle. For a sedan with more cargo space, shoppers should consider the Jetta instead.

When it comes to warranty, the new 2020 Corolla offers the standard 3-years/36,000-mile warranty. For less money, you should consider a new 2019 Jetta with DOUBLE the warranty. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta comes with 6-years/72,000-miles of transferable warranty!

The 19 Jetta has more tech, cargo space and better warranty than the 2020 Corolla – and guess what? It costs less too! For a sedan that brags about being affordable, the 2020 Toyota Corolla doesn’t win in that category either. The starting MSRP of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is more than $800 less than the new 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Maybe the new 2020 Toyota Corolla isn’t the car for you. If you’re working within a budget but don’t want to compromise on style, space, tech, or warranty then have another look at the new Jetta. Be sure to visit one of your local South Florida Volkswagen dealers today for more information. Check out our specials. We gladly serve VW shoppers from South Miami to North Palm Beach with 11 locations – find one near you!


South Florida Halloween Events 2019

Scared you may miss out on some of the spookiest Halloween events this year? Worry not. VW South Florida has a list of spooktacular events for you, your family and your friends to attend, from Miami to West Palm Beach! All you have to do is find your Halloween outfit, round-up your crew, and prepare to celebrate! Be sure to check-out the new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan for a spacious vehicle, equipped with the latest tech to keep you connected during every ride.

Halloween Parties for You and Your Friends
Sail the night away at Miami Nice’s 2019 Annual Halloween Yacht Party. Tickets start at $65. It sails Saturday October 26th at 9 PM and returns October 27th, at 1 AM. It boasts cash bars on each of its four decks, VIP areas, 8 flast screen TVs, complimentary light buffet and new cabana style furniture. The notorious event is known to sell out quickly; be sure to buy your tickets ASAP. You must be 21 and older with valid ID for entry and a costume is mandatory. For more information on destination, address, and boarding info, please visit If you’re in the South Florida area and are a fan of being on the water, then this is a ghoulish event is for you!

For those of you not as water-crazed but still in search of a thrill, you can attend Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Located in Palm Beach, Fright Nights is one of the premier haunted house attractions in South Florida. It’s best for children 12 and older. You can enjoy Fright Nights as early as October 11th; the event ends November 2nd. For more information, visit Fright Nights’ page.

If you’re looking for a fun, free event, then this is for you! Ghoul’s Night Out Halloween Bash at American Social on Las Olas is a free costume party in Fort Lauderdale. (But you must register on Eventbrite.) It takes place October 24th at 5:30 PM. This networking, happy hour event will include a costume contest, so be sure to dress up for prizes!

Halloween Events for the Family
There are also a handful of events that the whole family can attend whether in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County. One of our favorites is Boo at the Zoo Halloween Celebration which is held at Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. It’s a safe, fun trick-or-treat environment for kids of all ages. Families can also enjoy character meet and greets, costume contests, dance parties and more! Entry is free with park admission. Visit’s event calendar for more information.

Spookyville in Yesteryear Village is another great Halloween event for families and children 10 and under. It takes place at Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach. It’s another safe trick-or-treat event that offers treats, kiddie races, contests, games and arts & crafts. Be sure to dress up for a chance to compete in their costume contest! Admission is just $10; kids two and younger are free. The event is from October 18th – 20th, 25th – 27th, and the 31st. See for more details!

Families are in for a close encounter with ghouls and goblins at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for the Ghosts in the Garden event. It’s an afternoon filled with pumpkin carving, arts & crafts, and trick or treating. Dress you and the little ones up and enjoy the one day event, October 27th!

We’re sure one of these events caught your attention, so don’t let lack of transportation or space keep you from enjoying your Halloween! Check out the mid-size SUV with full-size space: The new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s bigger and better than ever – with a 3rd row and room for seven! And now whether you’re in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach, you can shop any one of our 11 convenient dealerships for amazing deals on the new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan.

On behalf of VW South Florida, have a safe and have fun Halloween!


Is the New 2020 Explorer Worth the Hype?

2020 is proving to be a big year for the auto-industry as many manufacturers aim to improve existing models. Because drivers demand more from their vehicles, automakers continue to push the envelope in affordability, space and technology.

Seeing as there have been several complaints over Ford’s 2019 Explorer model, the company debuted an all-new, redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer. Will this new design be able to compete with the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas? Let’s see.

The new 2020 Ford Explorer remains a three-row SUV. It has a starting price of $36,675 – significantly higher than the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas’ starting MSRP of $30,895. That’s a more than $5,000 difference; shoppers can use those savings for amazing upgrades or stick with the more cost-efficient base model.

Perhaps some of the biggest changes on the 2020 Ford Explorer are its standard rear-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and two new trim options, including a Hybrid and more powerful ST trim. This gives it a total of 4 trim levels. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas offers two drivetrains: front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and has a total of three trims.

When pitted against the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, an SUV known for its spacious interior, here’s how the 2020 Ford Explorer stacks up:

The 2020 Ford Explorer can seat up to 7 passenger but many reviewers call out the Explorer’s third row for being cramped. says, “passengers will find that the seat is too close to the floor to be comfortable for older kids or adults.”<sup>[1]</sup> Drivers can expect something different from the Atlas; it seats up to 7 passengers and has been praised for having third-row seating comfortable enough for adults.

The maximum cargo capacity on the new 2020 Ford Explorer is 87.8 cu.ft. While that’s a huge jump from its previous model-year, it still falls short of competitors like the Atlas, which has 96.8 cu.ft. in cargo space. 

Shoppers will, however, enjoy the plethora of technology offered in both SUVs. Impressive features like: rear view camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a digital instrument panel can be found on both SUVs.
We can’t deny it, the 2020 Ford Explorer underwent huge changes that helped it become its best yet. But it is still playing catch up to other brands. If you were considering the new 2020 Ford Explorer, think again. Try the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. Stop by any one of our convenient locations across South Florida to better serve you.

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