Florida tours: Orlando to Key West

For a nice run down the barrier island we like the section from Pineda (make a left on Hwy 510, then a right on A1A) south to Wabasso Beach, right on Wabasso Beach Road, back across the intercoastal to Hwy 1, left and continue on south. Most of the rest of the barrier island is too busy and developed to be an enjoyable ride.

We usually hole up for the evening around Fort Lauderdale or West Palm and catch the sunrise in the morning over the Atlantic. It's a great way to start another day on the road! Total Road Time: About 5-6 hours

The Outdoor Writer’s Association of America voted this leg of the ride (Miami to Key West) «the most scenic route in the eastern United States» some time back. From whereever you've stayed head on back west to Interstate 95 and head south. The traffic from Ft. Lauderdale through Miami makes any other route very unpleasant. Miami's beaches might warrant a stop in some people's book, but we usually bypass it and head for the laid back attitude of the Keys. When you arrive in Florida City, take Hwy 1 south for your island hopping adventure. You'll travel over a series of bridges through Key Largo, Plantation and Islamorada.

Spend at least a couple of days in The Keys. Take your time — There's no need to be in a hurry here, and no one is. We usually settle in somewhere in the middle of the chain, around Marathon where you can cruise to any other island in less than an hour. You've got to check out the Sunset Celebration on Mallory Dock and toss back a few drinks in one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts. During the day, lay around one of the beaches and soak up some sun and water, do some snorkeling or diving, or check out one of the many historical or natural attractions. Total Road Time: About 5-6 hours (from West Palm) Total Loafing Time: Unlimited

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