OVERSEAS HIGHWAY

A Scenic Drive in The Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys are an excellent choice for a tropical vacation destination for travelers wanting to stay in the continental United States. The shimmering turquoise and blue seascapes look as though you are viewing an artist’s palette.

The sun puts on a majestic display of nature every evening with hues of purple and red that will take your breath away. Taking a road trip on the Overseas Highway is a great way to enjoy all that the islands have to offer.

Key Largo Credit: Steve Beaudet www.boshoots.com
Key Largo Courtesy of: Steve Beaudet www.boshoots.com https://instagram.com/boshoots/

 

Route 1, also known as the “Overseas Highway,” starts in Key Largo, Florida and ends in Key West, Florida. Completed in 1938, the highway mirrors the path of the Overseas Railroad constructed in 1912.

The journey stretches over 100 miles and will take you through the tropical islands of the Florida Keys. Breathtaking views of tropical turquoise waters and some of the 42 bridges low enough to make you want to reach out and run your hands through crystal clear water.

In 2009, the Overseas Highway was named an All-American Road by the National Scenic Byways program administered by the Federal Highway Administration. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned the prestigious title.

This is a journey that should be taken with plenty of time in the budget for stopping and enjoying the sites. There are several different speed limits so be sure and watch closely. A ticket is not a welcomed guest on this awesome drive. There are plenty of restaurants along the way and other places to get out and stretch your legs and see the sights. This is no time to be in a hurry. Relax. You are on vacation.

Sailboat IslamoradaTraffic can be quite congested on the weekends. You should really try to avoid being on the road on a Saturday as Saturday’s are the flip day for all vacation rentals.

 

A great time of year to visit the Florida Keys is in the winter. However, high season is from December through April. Hurricane season is June through November. Plan accordingly.

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As you begin the journey is Key Largo, you really can’t miss a trip over to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The park has the only coral reef in the continental United States.

 

You can enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing and the abundant sea life.

Your trek will take you through Islamorada, sometimes call the Fishing Capital of The World. You can charter boats or rent a fishing guide to take you out if you’re a newbie.

 

Just after leaving Islamorada, Anne's Beach has amazingly beautiful and calm water for swimming, and a good tropical breeze, making it a popular spot to kite-boarding.

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Courtesy of Postcard Inn www.holidayisle.com

 

If you enjoy kayaking, make plans to stop at Curry Hammock State Park; it’s a relaxing spot to kayak and enjoy the tropical wildlife. The group of islands has one of the largest populations of thatch palms and wetlands, supported by hardwood hammocks. Mangrove Creek is an excellent spot for kayaking as well as keeping an eye out for tropical wildlife.

 

Marathon Key is home to some beautiful resorts with old world relaxing charm and modern amenities.

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If you are going south, after leaving Marathon will come to the beautiful Seven-Mile Bridge. This part of the highway crosses a channel connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Bahia Honda State Park is next after crossing the Seven-Mile Bridge. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful award winning beach great for swimming and sunbathing. The park is also very close to the historic railroad trestle that you are able to walk on and enjoy the fantastic views.

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The Overseas Highway comes to an end at the southernmost town in the continental United States, Key West, Florida. Key West is filled with history and the houses of Hemingway, John Audubon and Harry S, Truman and is a destination in itself. Some have said, Key West’s best beach is at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, which is a historic landmark dating to the Civil War. The beach offers great snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing on the tropical island of Key West.

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If you're looking for a great road trip, consider the place photographed and the setting for so many movies. It really is heaven on earth.

 

 

 

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