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Florida Keys Travel

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Florida Keys Travel

We are planning to travel around Southern Florida starting in Miami in May 2015

One item on our "to do" list is the sunset celebration at Mallory Square in Key West.

We being from England and driving ( for us) on the "wrong" side of the road would like advice on where we plan to stay. We are down to two hotels one in Islamorada and the other in Key West, close to Mallory Square and ideal for the sunsets (and sunrises).

Our question is where is best? Should we choose Islamorada and then face around a 2 hour trip each way, returning at night or stay "by the action" in Key West.

Is the main road through the keys well lit and is it therefore an easy drive at night from Key West to Islamorada? We have driven in the USA before in 2013 both in California ( San Francisco to San Diego), and Tampa area, but would appreciate advice on driving the Keys please.


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1. Re: Florida Keys Travel

We have visited the Keys many times and always drive down and back but would not attempt to drive at night time. A lot of the road is unlit and narrow. I would read up about the drive down the Keys and it will give you an idea of what to expect. It is a beautiful drive but best done in the daylight IMHO.

I would base yourself in Key West and maybe stop for a night in Islamorada on the way back to Miami. You do not say how long you are going to be in the Keys for so it is hard to really advise. Having said that, my best piece of advice is to stay the first night, after your flight from the UK, at a hotel near Miami airport (unless you are actually going to stay in Miami for a few days of course), collect your hire car the next morning and then start the drive down to Key West.

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Thanks for that info, it has confirmed our concerns for driving at night. We had one experience of driving near San Diego at night and found unlit roads and no catseyes etc. not very pleasant. We are staying in the Keys for 5 nights as well as 4 nights in Miami Beach and 7 on Marco Island, the order has yet to be decided but your advice will certainly be taken and will help a great deal. We have done a lot of research on line, but first hand knowledge is always best.

Thanks again

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I would spend 2 or 3 nights key west first then the last nights in Islamorada. That way you won't have as far to drive to the airport plus you can see other parts of the keys. Most of the keys main road is 2 lane with a couple places having 4 lanes with a divider. Just think about which lane you need to be in to face the right direction when coming out of places you may stop at. Most of the time you will be able to follow the other traffic. Most everything is located by mile markers which makes it easier to find things.

You should be posting your keys questions on the Florida Keys and key west forums. Lots of good info there too.

Make sure you read up on cashless tolls and rental car companies too.

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You've chosen an excellent road trip and it sounds like you have just the right number of days planned for each stop. We've done this route a few times and the scenery overwhelmes us each time. You certainly do not want to attempt to drive at night, for one you will miss the most spectacular scenery, especially around the seven mile bridge area. You literally appear to be driving along a two lane traffic and have water on each side of you.

I would suggest Miami - at very least one night - then islamodora area / key largo ( 1-2 nights) then key west (at least 3 nights) -

You need to stay near Mallory square to get the best experience - you will regret staying too far out. The sunsets are beyond words ----- check out the live web cams.... We stood outside the one outside sloppy joes and waved like loonys to family back home.

then you have the gorgeous marco island for a week. Highly recommend the hilton.

Ps,..... Hi traveller - happy retirement !!

Sounds a wonderful trip and I'm green with envy - you will be in our favourite part of the world.

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