Key West Vacation

Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway


driving to Key West for your next get away.

Are you looking for a simple get-away with no complications to get there? Take a Key West Vacation. Just the drive down will be one of the best features of your trip. It is cited by National Geographic to be a “drive of a lifetime…one of the world’s most spectacular trips”.

Did you know you can drive to the tropics from the US mainland? You can fly into Miami and drive to Key West, down to the tip of Florida. It goes right on down to mile 0 of US Route 1. It is amazing to me that there is such a road – the Overseas Highway.  A great feat of man – an engineering marvel – building a highway through these two oceans –  making this an easily-accessible destination. There is so much to do and see – you’ll have to come back again… and again.

Driving through the keys and down to Key West has to be one of the coolest adventures you can take. The drive takes about 3 hours and it is a great integration from the cares of life back home to the Key West relaxed lifestyle. I’ve done it – many times. It never stops being amazing! At times there is nothing but blue water on both sides of you for miles. Each bridge and there are about 42 – gives you yet another amazing view. You really get the sense of being in the middle of the ocean (because you are!) The colors are stunning.  If you can’t stop looking at the water on both sides have someone else drive so you can enjoy the views. Better yet, switch so everyone can have some time taking it all in without worrying about the driving. The views are spectacular and even better is if you can get some sunset driving time in! Wow! Where can you drive down the middle of two oceans?  There you are with the Atlantic on the East and the Gulf of Mexico on your West.

These beautiful tropical islands are made of mostly limestone and coral. Most of these islands – also called keys – are connected to the mainland. There is so much to look at and to do on this trip. The islands are known for the variety of wildlife, vegetation, spectacular diving and fishing. Because of past road restructuring, some sections of the old road are closed off and inaccessible except by foot and you can fish from there or simply take a walk, take pictures and savor the experience.

The lower key of Big Pine is designated as a wildlife sanctuary, it’s about 30 minutes from Key West. It is home to the endangered and protected Key Deer. Key Deer are smaller than most of us are used to seeing, at two and a half feet tall they are about the size of a large dog. They’re a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer. And you might spot a few if the timing is right.

One of my favorite sections is Saddlebunch Keys. These are a series of uninhabited mangrove islands and sandy lagoons. They are about 7 miles outside of of Key West. It is just pure liquid and mangrovian wilderness. Can you say mangrovian? At this point you’re almost there and ready to relax and enjoy. Here’s just a few ideas of what you can enjoy during your stay here:

  • Kayaking
  • Reef snorkeling
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Jet ski tours
  • Did you bring your dog? – dog beach
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • People watching
  • Live entertainment
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Dinner cruises
  • Sunset cruises
  • Paddleboard tours
  • Snuba
  • Dolphin watch

Pack up – and you don’t need to pack much – and GO!!


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