A road trip through the Florida Islands is one of your best adventures in the United States. From Miami to Key West, it extends 110 miles, crosses dozens of islands, crosses 42 sea-crossing bridges, and takes you through one of the most beautiful places in the United States.
Although it only takes 4 hours to drive from Miami to Key West, the southernmost city in the United States, you will miss many picturesque stops. These islands all offer different things, if missed it is indeed a pity.
Put on your hat and surfboard and an epic road trip begins right away.
When I saw the word “key”, I thought I had read it wrong, and then I understood that it meant “island”. If you want to know why, please click here Why the islands in South Florida are called Key
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Miami to Key West road trip
Distance from Miami to Key West-In other words, the total distance from Miami International Airport to Key West is 110 miles.
The entire road is a highway and it is very easy to drive, even if you have just obtained a driver’s license, you don’t need to worry. If you travel straight, the average travel time from Miami to Key West is 4 hours. It should be noted that overseas highways have 2 northbound lanes and 2 southbound lanes, and the average speed limit is 40MPH.
From my experience, the best time to visit the Florida Keys-it is the best season of spring (March to May), because the weather is stable and huge passenger traffic starts to decrease. You will also enjoy more reasonable prices. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 86 ° F (30 ° C) and January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 70 ° F (20 ° C). At this time, swimming is not a good choice. You will Feel cold. September is the heaviest rainfall, which means that the cloud will block the sun, and the whole body is soaked for photography.
Suggested Days-Our road trip lasted a week and we arranged in South Largo, Key West and (Marathon). This means that for a total of 110 miles of travel, parking is about every 40 miles.
Car hire in Miami
Unless you decide to drive from your hometown, you will fly to Miami International Airport and need a vehicle to start a road trip to the Florida Islands. This is the best solution. Due to the high demand for all types of car rental to all destinations, and on-site car rental prices will be high, and there are very few models, be sure to book a car rental before flying.
The road from Miami to Key West is smooth and easy to drive, so don’t worry about choosing the type of vehicle you rent. We chose the Infiniti to improve comfort and fuel economy, which are all determined based on actual needs. Maybe you can choose a convertible to drive, but this does not mean that choosing a VAN is a bad thing.
The price is 7 days a week, usually only between 200-350 US dollars in the off-season travel season. A small car costs about $ 200 and a convertible costs about $ 350. These do not include the price of petrol.
Stops from Miami to Key West
- Key Largo
- Big Pine Key
- Key West
Key Largo is the Key closest to mainland Florida, and you would consider it an absolute gem, and it would be a wonderful first stop when traveling from Miami to Key West. From here you have already left the continental United States, and in the next few days you will shuttle between the islands.
Key Largo is absolutely paradise, full of local characteristics and relaxed Caribbean style. Key Largo is the perfect place to dive.
You will find several companies that offer snorkeling or diving adventures. If you don’t want to snorkel or dive, take a kayak eco-tour that lets you explore the beautiful mangroves of Key Largo.
It takes 68 miles from Miami to Key Largo, and it takes about 2 hours, which is the first day of driving. This arrangement is more relaxed, so that you can find your hotel and settle in after you arrive. You can go around and have a full meal before heading to the pier to enjoy the spectacular sunset.
John Pennekamp State Park
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park covers approximately 70 nautical miles. It is the first underwater park in the United States.
Coral reefs and related marine life also bring most visitors to the park. The mangroves and swamps here provide visitors with a unique experience. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the reef from a glass-bottomed boat tour, and visitors can also take a closer look by diving or snorkeling.
Entrance into the John Pennekamp State Park costs $8USD per vehicle (2-8 persons)
The coral reef at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are among the most beautiful and diverse of all living communities.
Personal or Group in-water guide available upon request for $45 plus tax. Each additional snorkeler (guided) is $15 plus tax. Max. group size is 6 snorkelers per guide.
Carysfort Reef Light
The Reef Light is located approximately six nautical miles east of Key Largo, Florida. The lighthouse has an iron screw-pile foundation with a platform, and a skeletal, octagonal, pyramidal tower, which is painted red. The light is 100 feet (30 m) above the water. It is the oldest functioning lighthouse of its type in the United States, completed in 1852.
Kayaks and Paddleboards
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers ride-on kayak, canoe and paddle board rental. Explore the park’s 50-mile natural mangrove wilderness trail at Penkamp Waters.
Islamorada is a village with six islands, just 90 minutes south of Miami, and a paradise for your family to explore by land and sea.
Islamorada is known as “the fishing capital of the world” and has the largest fishing fleet per square mile in the world.
History of Diving Museum
The Dive History Museum was first established in 2000 and opened to the public on a part-time basis in September 2005. Over the next 12 months, the museum opens new exhibitions once a month and is open to each exhibition through lectures and visits. The museum began full-time operation in September 2006.
For 40 years, Dr. Joe and Sally Bauer search every corner of the world, and today the museum’s collection represents the contributions of more than 30 countries to the history of diving.
The world’s largest international diving helmet and artefacts include: manual air pumps, armor suits, lights and other accessories, as well as souvenirs, prints, photos, books, movies and videos. The museum is a must for anyone who dreams of diving, history or underwater adventures.
It led us through the entire evolution process from open diving helmets to today’s popular SCUBA and everything in between.
Entry to the Diving History Museum is $ 12USD for adults, $ 6USD for children aged 6-11, and free for children under 5. The museum is open every Monday from 10 am to 5 pm.
For a road trip from Miami to Key West, be sure to stop at Robbie’s Wharf. This place is an institution that feeds Tarpon at Robbie’s Wharf. It is a tourist project. Very exciting.
You need to hang your arm over the water, a huge sea creature suddenly jumps out, Tarpon wrapped my hand around my mouth, and you will scream in horror.
8 feet long and 200 pounds long, Tarpon is a huge game fish that lives in tropical waters off the Florida Keys.
Fishing enthusiasts from all over the world come here just to seize the opportunity of one of these monsters.
Although you can drive directly from Miami to Key West in about 4 hours, there are plenty of interesting places in other parts of the Florida Keys.
I stopped at Bahia Honda State Park. First of all, we have to find a place to settle and pay for the hotel. Head straight to the water and watch the sunset of the marathon key.
The helicopter trip from the marathon was great. You can fly over the city of Marathon, overlooking the entire length of the Seven Mile Bridge from high altitude, all the way to Money Key. Admire the colorful coral reefs.
The Seven Mile Bridge
The Bridge is a relic of the railway line built at the beginning of the last century to connect Key West with the mainland. The railroad was destroyed in a hurricane in 1935; the half-drowned, gap-toothed piles and arches that remain have an almost classical grandeur. At the far end of Seven Mile Bridge is the separate wreck of an iron bridge that veers off towards an island called Pigeon Key.
Big Pine Key
This part of the Florida Keys has the essence of an island chain. Most of this land is a protected nature reserve, so it’s an ideal place for kayaking to uninhabited remote areas. If you are not taking a kayak tour in Key Largo, don’t give up this time. Although there are mangroves in many places, the mangroves here remain more complete.
Key West is the southernmost point in the United States, and is known for water sports, lively nightlife, beaches, historical sites, and its gentle conch-like architecture.
Key West is not only a great place to soak up tropical scenery, but also a historic island. During the pirate and colonial era, many ships ran aground on huge reefs off the coast of Key West. It is known as one of the richest places for crews to plunder and salvage.If you love pirate knowledge or are fascinated by colonial times, this museum is worth a visit.
The Hemingway House
The room was full of fascinating things: in the room there was a tattered suitcase with the initials EH. In the bedroom, a three-legged Spanish delivery stool. On a bookshelf was a walking visor with a snake belt on it. The ticket price includes a short guided tour of the house and is well worth a visit. My tour guide spoke expertly about Hemingway’s adventure life.
It is one of the most popular destinations on Key West and is the main street in the city, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the North-South Atlantic Ocean. Although it is no more than a mile in length, it is the heart of the city, full of restaurants, shops, world-famous bars and attractions.
You may spend all afternoon or all night wandering up and down this famous range, and you will quickly discover why so many people flock here. Key West’s personality and personality have come to life in various famous restaurants, bars, art galleries, local shops, and more.
The Southernmost Point Buoy
You can’t visit Key West and not stop by the southernmost point in the continental United States, which is marked by a red & white concrete pillar.
When you stand in front of this cement pier, and you are exactly 90 miles from Cuba. You are also at the southernmost tip of the continental United States. This is a great place to take mandatory travel photos, but keep in mind that this could be one of the activities in here.
A lot of places to see in key west
There are a lot of places to see here that I wo n’t go into detail. If you go to key west, please refer to my map.
One of the best road trips in the United States
Admittedly, the key west trip from Miami to Florida is a classic American road trip. From the moment we arrived in Largo Island until we returned to Miami, we found our country was very large, from north to south, each state has its own unique culture, fascinating scenery and unique places.
Someone once told me, “It is better to go out and walk a thousand miles to read a thousand books at home.” I have to admit that they are right.