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driving from Miami to Key West

Murrieta, California
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driving from Miami to Key West

Driving from Miami to Keywest for an overnight stay. We're driving down on Monday 4/20. We're hoping to catch sun rise on way down. What time should we leave Miami? We're early risers.

Heading back the following day to catch a 9pm flight out of Ft Lauderdale. What time would you recommend we head back to make our flight with time to spare?

Thanks for your help

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1. Re: driving from Miami to Key West

Sunrise at that time is around 7am. Where do you want to be to watch the sunrise? Depending on where you are on US1 as you head south, you could see a great sunrise from the car or it could be blocked by trees and/or buildings. The old 7 mile bridge would be a great place to see a sunrise, but that is about 120 miles from Miami or 2.5 hours driving.

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2. Re: driving from Miami to Key West

Actually Old 7 is a great place to watch the sunset. A good spot to watch the sunrise would be at Veterans Park, at the Bahia Honda side of the NEW 7 mile bridge.

Long Key Bridge might also be a good spot to watch the sunrise.

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3. Re: driving from Miami to Key West

We left Ft Lauderdale at 3am and got to see a nice sunrise, from Miami, hit the road between 4-5am. depending on if you want to stop or not. As for your return, depart Key West at 3pm.

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4. Re: driving from Miami to Key West

We never leave it until the day we fly home to drive back to the airport from Key West. We spend our last night in Key Largo so we are a lot nearer to Miami and only have a 1.5 hr drive to the airport. We don't want to risk getting stuck in traffic in the Keys and worrying that we may not make our flight!!! We still leave Key Largo hours before our flight is due to leave as traffic in Miami can be bad.

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5. Re: driving from Miami to Key West

We've "beat feet" back from KW to the airports (FLL and MIA) a couple of times, and it can be rushed. With that in mind, you're driving on the Monday after Easter, which is nearly like a Sunday because of the day off, and that can be painful on the driving.

Good news -- FLL is pretty easy to get to from the turnpike, and rental car returns there are easier than MIA. I'd recommend leaving KW no later than 2pm, though, which gets you to FLL around 6pm (plus an hour to spare) and time to have a relaxing drink in the airport. Later than 2pm, and you're going to risk fighting traffic with the weekenders headed back to the mainland later in the day.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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