Miami to Key West: Your Summer Road Trip Through the Keys
Whether you’re a Florida native or you’re planning a summer escape to South Florida, experience an unforgettable adventure with a Miami to Key West road trip. The drive from Miami to Key West takes about four hours, spanning 100 miles and 42 bridges, so there are plenty of things to see and do on the way. Read on for our Florida Keys road trip itinerary, then pack your bags and head for the Sunshine State.
Starting Point: Homestead
The best place to start your journey down to the Keys is in Homestead, a city in Miami-Dade county. Homestead offers easy access to the U.S. Route 1, which will take you all the way to Key West. Before you hit the road, stop by Knaus Berry Farm (15980 SW 24 St.) and fuel up for the drive with their famous cinnamon rolls and fresh strawberries.
Stop 1: Key Largo
Key Largo is the gateway to the Keys. One of the bigger cities in the archipelago, Key Largo offers a variety of exciting things to do. Most notably, it’s home to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the country. Experience the diverse marine life from a clear-bottom boat, or by diving or snorkeling. Don’t miss the haunting Christ of the Abyss statue, submerged in 25 feet of water since 1965.
Stop 2: Islamorada
Islamorada is growing in popularity, but it still feels like your own personal hideaway. Known as the sportfishing capital of the world, Islamorada offers unique experiences unlike anything else. Your first stop should be Robbie’s (77522 Overseas Hwy.), where you can feed giant tarpons — an experience you won’t soon forget. Travelers from around the world come to feed these giant fish by hand. For a more relaxing experience, head to Morada Bay (81600 Overseas Hwy.) for an afternoon by the water, complete with Caribbean-style eats and drinks right on the beach.
Stop 3: Marathon
Marathon is the perfect place to stay overnight. Set on 13 islands, it promises a relaxing escape known for breathtaking landscapes and pristine beaches. Do as the locals do and go for a walk on the Seven Mile Bridge, where you’ll get amazing sunset views. While in Marathon, visit the Turtle Hospital (2396 Overseas Hwy.) where you can take a guided, educational tour of the facility and get up close and personal with the adorable turtles before they’re released back into the wild.
Stop 4: Bahia Honda State Park
Just a short drive from Marathon, discover Bahia Honda State Park — one of the most beautiful destinations in Florida. This stunning park in the Keys is open seven days a week and offers an array of fun activities, including snorkeling, boat tours, beach equipment rental, food service, and more. Whether you want to soak up some rays by the crystal-clear waters on a pristine beach or find some adventure, Bahia Honda State Park is a must on your Key West road trip.
Stop 5: Key West
Key West is the end of the line. But while your road trip is ending, your Keys getaway is just beginning. The most popular city in the Keys, Key West is packed with historic sights, engaging activities, and incredible food. From sunsets at Mallory Square to Instagram photo shoots at the Southernmost Point Buoy, explore all the best things to do in Key West. Our resort on Stock Island offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street, while still placing you within easy reach of downtown.
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