Located at the Southern tip of Florida, the Florida Keys are quite different to anything else in continental USA. The combination of US lifestyle with Caribbean charm and Hispanic cultures offers a truly unique experience. The archipelago stretches for over 110 miles offering numerous islands and keys with a wide range of on shore and off shore activities, from white sand beaches to accessing the Everglades National Park from the sea rather than the land. A mecca for watersports lovers, there are numerous opportunities for diving snorkelling, fishing and more. Take this trip and drive the US Highway 1 from Miami to Key West, stopping at major points along the route and seeing all this wonderful part the States has to offer.
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Drive distance – 59 miles
Fly from the UK into Miami. Direct flights are available from London or travel via US gateways from the likes of Manchester or Edinburgh. Upon arrival, collect your car at the airport and drive down from Miami to Key Largo. Skirting the edge of Everglades National Park, this relatively short drive will take you from the southern part of Florida and out over the water on Highway 1, stopping at the northern most of the Keys.
Key Largo offers a lot of ties to the sea so a day here offers plenty of chances for scuba diving, snorkelling, sports fishing and eco-tours. The beaches are sandy so just chilling out in the sun is also an option.
Drive distance – 25 miles
Start the drive further down the Keys with a journey around 45 minutes from Key Largo to Islamorada.
Islamorada is made up of six islands and widely seen as the sport fishing capital of the world and where it and saltwater fly fishing were pioneered. For enthusiasts, it’s a great place for a spot of casting but there is much more to Islamorada. Activity, fun and relaxation for the whole family includes hand-feeding hungry tarpon at the docks of Robbie’s Marina while there are several State Parks and public spaces offering plenty of entertainment for a couple of days in the South Florida Sun.
Drive distance – 80 miles
Today’s drive will take you through Marathon, one of the bigger towns and cities of the keys and out across one of the highlights when driving Highway 1 – Seven Mile Bridge. One of the longest bridges in existence, it connects the middle keys to the lower keys. Continue through the spectacular settings of Big Pine Key, Summerland Key and more as you enter Key West and the final destination of your drive.
The continental USA’s most southerly point, Key West is closer to Cuba than it is to Miami. Watersports are a big draw throughout the Keys and Key West is no different with fishing charters and diving opportunities from the harbour. Duval Street is the party capital of the Keys, a great spot for something to eat or partying the weekend away and don’t miss the sunset from Mallory Square, where live music and arts & craft stores celebrate the end of each day. Three days at Key West will fly by at the end of this amazing journey.
A last morning in the Florida Keys so catch the last of that sun or enjoy the sunrise before heading to the airport on Key West to drop off the car and fly back to the UK. No direct services yet, so the flight home will be overnight, connecting via somewhere like Miami or Atlanta.
‘Water Sports, Spa, Private Beach’
Playa Largo is located within the Florida Keys in Key Largo on a stretch of private beach. There are a large variety of water sports on offer including snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding and parasailing. There is also a spa, gym and swimming pool and you can book a cruise, tarpon feeding and swimming with dolphins. The hotel features views across the Florida Bay, a private marina and seaside garden where chefs grow their own herbs and vegetables.
‘Relaxing Beachfront, Fishing and Diving, Family-Friendly’
Amara Cay Resort is in Islamorada, Village of Islands and comprises four islands in the Florida Keys between Key West and Miami. There are diving opportunities nearby or simply learn all about it at the History of Diving Museum just a few miles away. The resort offers private beach hammocks, a whirlpool and outdoor heated pool, Bocce Ball courts and a children’s playground. Massage treatments are available poolside or in your room.
'Old Key West Hospitality, Meets Modern Luxury’
Built in 1920, Casa Marina Key West, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is a merging of old Key West ambience and contemporary luxury. Nestled along the southern edge of the island and spanning more than 300 metres of private beach, the resort has accommodation offering views over the ocean and local Key West neighbourhoods, a full-service spa and a good choice of bars and restaurants. Sample the renowned nightlife of nearby Duval Street or the charming attractions of historic Old Town. There are a variety of Key West water sports - from jet skiing around the island to diving in America's only living barrier reef.
The Everglades are a subtropical wilderness and a cover a huge part of the Southern tip of Florida. Less than 30 minutes from Miami, this wetland and forest area offers a unique habitat for various animals and birds. Catch a ride on an airboat and to see alligators and more.
The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park covers around 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkelling.
Made up of seven small islands, Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions. Its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore and learn of its history with excellent guides and enjoy an array of activities. There’s something for everyone!
International flights in economy
Nine nights accommodation as listed
Car hire with GPS
Meals unless otherwise stated
ESTA or visa for entry to the US
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