If you haven’t taken a trip down to the Keys lately get ready for a cute vintage vacation. Back in the day when families vacationed they sorta just loaded up the car, took to the road and discovered stuff.The road you take to get to Key West, Florida is called U.S. 1 or the Oversees Highway and its lined with mile markers. If you’re looking for loud signs or flashing lights you won’t find them here.
The mile markers are your guide and will get you where you need to go for this Florida road trip to the islands. A goal for the adventurer is to reach the southernmost point of the Continental U.S., but if you’re feeling a little more wanderlust, we added Dry Tortugas National Park to this itinerary to.
Key Largo to Key West is 2 hours and 13 minutes.
MM127: High Keys Area, Key Largo
MM105: Visitor Information Center
MM99: Mrs. Macs Kitchen: 1970’s Diner : Stop for breakfast or lunch, but mostly, stop for the “world famous” key lime pie.
MM87: Islamorada boasts all things cultural. Museums, tours, restaurants and music.
MM79-77: This is a good place to stop. From here you can grab photos of the Indian Key State Park and the Lignumvitae channels below.
MM62: Conch Key is a little pass-through fishing town
MM53: Tarpon Creek Marina. Fishing Charter : A Caribbean menu and a fresh tiki feeling will keep you here for hours. Water-side this a great place to watch the sunset if you’re splitting up your Key West vacation drive. Stay at Hawks Cay Resort for a relaxing villa stay with a spa, free we-fi and free parking.
MM48: Burdines Chiki Tiki Bar and Grille( Marathon, FL). A true Florida beach bar, you can stop here for a drink but don’t expect anything flashy or modern. Just sand and sun and loads of fisherman.
MM46: Old Seven Mile Bridge leading into the Lower Keys: This is a must stop. Whether you love the history of old Florida or not this bridge is an iconic part of the Key West experience and was once known as the 8th wonder of the world.
MM45: Pigeon Key : There are only two ways to get to Pigeon Key. You can walk the Old Seven Mile Bridge or take a ferry from Pigeon Key’s visitor center. Once there you can explore and take an hour historical tour to break up your road trip.
MM37: Bahia Honda State Park : Stop here for some snorkeling and beachcombing. A snorkeling tour is about 30 bucks a person and runs an hour and a half. If you, however are traveling with your bike then you can ride the 3-1/2 miles of trail that runs the length of Bahia Honda.
MM0: Louie’s Backyard Restaurant : Don’t let the miles of nature and laid back vibes fool you. You will need reservations to get into this place.
Shopping, spas and cafes in Key West happens on Duval Street. Make sure to check out Green Pineapple and Evolution Key West.
Bonus: Dry Tortugas National Park
In order to get to Dry Tortugas you need to take a sea plane or ferry.
It’s a little island with a fort, a place you can picnic and loads of nature and wildlife. You can camp here, snorkel, dive, boat and swim. Enjoy.