It’s one of the ultimate road trips one should never miss – the drive that induces sensory overload. It is famously known for The “Overseas Highway” that will awe everyone in its own right as an engineering marvel and definitely leaves a more memorable automobile odysseys. The long drive would tax everyone’s attention spans, especially when you’re doing it right – in a flashy convertible.
The Florida Keys, sometimes called the America’s Caribbean, are a string of tropical islands located in the subtropical region of the USA with great weather almost all year round. They’re the exposed portions of an ancient coral reef – with sharp shores and craggy coral rocks. The common way to get to Florida’s southernmost point, Key West is by driving from Miami which takes around 3 hours.
Before getting to Key West, you should stop along the way to check some places of interest in the other Florida Keys. 43 of the islands are connected via bridges and there are 42 bridges connecting the islands in total but the Seven Mile Bridge is the longest and the most popular one. People don’t usually spend that much time in the Keys, they often make a night or two stop while visiting Miami – just to experience the driving and escaping the buzzing life in Miami beach. Key West, Key Largo and Islamorada are among the most visited ones because they offer a lot of activities and have year round warm weather.
It’s the first and the largest of the Keys that you reach after an hour drive from Miami. It’s also the Diving Capital of the World, thanks to the coral reefs and its huge underwater state park. There’s plenty of chances to dive, snorkel or just enjoy the beautiful sunset and food.
THINGS TO DO
- Everglades – Waterway trails, gators and airboat
- Dolphin Plus
- Sail Fish Scuba
- Rainbow Reef Dive Center
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
- Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
- African Queen Canal Cruise
“Village of Islands” has a more relaxed lifestyle of the Florida Keys and makes it the perfect stop to relax and enjoy life. It’s not call a “Key” because it’s actually made up of six different islands. You’ll find several extremely skilled recreational fishing experiences – a favorite stop that has something more to offer.
THINGS TO DO
- Theatre of the Sea
- Florida Keys Brewing Company
- Fishing Charters & Tours
- Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room
- History of Diving Museum
This is arguably the most visited and top favourite Key among travelers. Florida’s southernmost point, 90 miles north of Cuba – one of the great American road trips. Besides the natural beauty along the route – tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant islands, it’s also famous for its colourful corals. It has abundance of entertainment, kitschy gift shops purveying seashell necklaces to burger stands offering shakes and fries, bars & gentlemen clubs for the adults.
THINGS TO DO
- Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Boat Tours
- Duval Street
- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
- US 1 is also called the Overseas Highway
- Small green mile marker signs line US 1. They start with 126 just south of Florida City and end at MM 0 in Key West
- The islands of the Florida Keys salute diversity and Key West is internationally known as a top gay and lesbian vacation spot
- Key West has more churches than any other place in the country
- One Human Family is Key West’s official slogan
- There are 42 bridges that connect Key West to the mainland of Florida
- Florida has the most sea turtle nesting within the U.S
- Three types of habitats are found in the Florida Keys. Tropical hardwood hammocks, mangrove forests, and salt water marshes
- Duval Street in Key West is known as the longest street in the world, because it runs from coast to coast
- Cuba is only 90 miles away from Key West
- All of the sand on the beaches of Key West were shipped in from the Caribbean
- People born in Key West are called Conchs, pronounce it like konk!
While Miami promises buzzing nightlife, culture & glamorous beaches, these Keys vibe leans toward taking a long walk or exploring the islands. Because of its biodiversity, ecotourism is becoming a large part of the economy of the Florida Keys. It is an impressively visual tour intended to impress your senses – Laid back, free-spirited, artistic, quirky, & scenic.
Car: 2016 Corvette Stingray
Accommodation: The Palms Hotel ✮✮✮ (Key West)