Naples to Key West + ADD NEW ROUTE
9 in Florida Florida200 Miles Miles
By Richard S.
on July 1, 2003
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Start your drive in Naples Florida. Once there, it's easy to find 41 (AKA Tamiami Trial). Take 997 south to AVOID MIAMI (if you don't like traffic). Keep a look out for the signs lead to Key Largo and once you get on route 1 you are home free all the way to Key West!!! However, getting lost on this trip could only be a good thing, unless you head to Miami on your way back like I did once! Ugh.
Don't expect a technical challenge, this ain' t Deals Gap. This ride is about scenery and wildlife. On the plus side, there's lots of opportunity for spirited throttle twisting in reasonable safety on the Tamiami Trail from Naples to Homestead. Watch for gators, snakes, and turtles. From Key Largo to Key West, it's all about the water. Parts of this stretch will take your breath away, and the relaxed pace along the straight road provides ample Zen. Once in Key West, it gets crowded and corny. Check out the southernmost spot in the USA and high-tail it out of there. The return trip is just as nice!
Animal wildlife and an airboat along the route
Update contributed by hitekhillbilly (March 2013): Once you meander your way through south Florida traffic, and get into Florida City, its around 20 miles of mangroves, then all the way from Key Largo to Key West, awesome views with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
Florida's roads are usually in excellent due to the warm weather and the tourist industry which provides lots of tax dollars to keep the roads nice. Amenities along the Naples to Key West Run.
Be sure to gas up in Naples, as it can be a long walk to gas on the Tamiami Trail. You'll pass the Everglades National Park when you get near Homestead ... the park is open year round and offers a lot of things to do and learn about! Once past Homestead, you'll find plenty of cheesy tourist traps and excellent seafood along the way as the Keys have some of the most attractive tourist options in all of Florida.
Photo contributed in Jan 10
Photo contributed in Jan 10.
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