Hit the road with our top 5 places to stop on a drive from Miami to Key West!
A road trip in the USA is perfect for holidaymakers that like to explore their surroundings, hunt out hidden gems and discover the culture and history of an area. With direct flights from Dublin to Miami now available with Aer Lingus, where better to start a road trip? Our travel expert Denise is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to road tripping in the USA. In this blog she shares her top 5 places to stop on a drive from Miami to Key West.
First on your road trip will be the quaint island of Key Largo. About 90 minutes’ drive from Miami and situated in the upper Florida Keys archipelago, Key Largo is the perfect place for a quick stop to stretch your legs. For an authentic American diner experience, be sure to swing by the ‘Waffle House’ for fresh coffee, juicy burgers and signature waffles.
Set of the popular Netflix series ‘Bloodline’, Islamorada (located 2 hours’ drive from Miami) is a stunning beachfront destination boasting numerous bars, restaurants and water activities. For fishing enthusiasts, Islamorada, known as the “Sports Fishing Capital of the World”, will be heaven on earth. To really get to experience all that Islamorada has to offer, spending a few nights there is advised. Check out the Amara Cay Resort for a comfortable, laidback and elegant place to lay your head.
Just one hour outside of Key West is Marathon, a busy town which will appeal to all travellers, even families! Marathon is home to the ‘The Turtle Hospital’, an organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles.
Visit the hospital for a guided tour where you can meet current patients and permanent residents. Fancy something sweet after your tour? Visit ‘Sweet Savannahs’ for a banana split or an ice cream sundae!
Big Pine Key
Need one last pit stop before your final destination? Check out Big Pine Key, home to the National Key Deer Refuge and some of the nation’s best seafood restaurants.
Big Pine Key features an excellent bike path which is popular with travellers who are keen to explore its famous nature trail.
The final stop on your Florida road trip is your destination – Key West! With so much to see and do in Key West you should plan to spend about 3 nights here. Hit up Duval Street which is filled with a host of fun restaurants, bars and boutiques. Want a bar with a difference, pay a visit to the ‘Smallest Bar’ in Key West– it does what it says on the tin!
For those of you that want to site see then jump aboard the Conch Tour Train which will show you the best of Key West in just 90 minutes. When you have completed your road trip you should really treat yourself to a nice hotel and the Casa Marina Resort is just that! Boasting the only private beach in Key West, this tropical resort is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy the beautiful Florida sunshine!