Naples to Key West

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 14 visitors


State: Florida
Date Submitted: July 1, 2003
Submitted by: Richard S.
Motorcycle Road Length: 200 Miles Miles

Written Directions

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.

Scenery  

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.

Road Quality  

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.

Roadside Amenities  

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.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Everglades National Forest website.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by dhornick on August 16, 2012
(7 out of 7 members found this review useful.)
Creator: dwhornick
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We just made this ride as part of a 3626 mile 15 day excursion from the Midwest to Key West and back through the Smoky Mountains. This portion of the ride (Naples to Key West) is where I considered our vacation to truly begin. I loved Naples and then Highway 41 from Naples over to the edge of Miami was a great ride through the heart of the Everglades. 41 was a route I had always wanted to try and its worth it. The road conditions are above average and the traffic minimal. It's only 93.2 miles from Naples to the Turnpike in Miami so as long as you gas up in Naples you're good to go. We stopped and did an airboat/swamp tour that was outstanding. Once we got to Miami and the Turnpike we headed south to the Keys all of which was very familiar as we've made the trip in cars multiple times. Of course like others have suggested we made a must stop at Alabama Jacks just as we have many many times before. Never miss it. After waiting out a thunderstorm there we headed on down to Marathon where we had a house rented for the week. Riding on to Key West the following day was another life long dream on the bikes. Man oh man how I love the Florida Keys. Great ride from beginning to end.
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Reviewed by F4iGuy on June 18, 2013
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: MrF4iguy
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: As a local of South Florida, i have done this route hundreds of times with a few variations. I just love the tranquil seaside ride, going over the bridges with water all around you and the smells from the ocean and the surroundings. Sometimes i will go all the way down to key west but i do try to avoid it. If you have never been there, go once, take a picture at the "Southern most point" and get out. Otherwise go as far as Islamorada or a couple hours more, down to Marathon key to ride the 7 Mile Bridge, which i always enjoy (when i go that far). If you like to camp, once you pass the 7 mile bridge there is a campground in Big Pine Key which i have stayed in a few weekends. It will be a 1/3 of the price of a hotel in key west, and a lot more fun IMO. Just please,
WATCH OUT FOR THE DEER!!!
If you make it down that far, visit a place called "NO NAME PUB" for a really good burger and a very unique experience. You'll see!!!
I almost never turn down a ride to the keys, so any one going down and wants some company, shoot me a message F4iGuy1@Gmail.com
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Reviewed by Guest on April 5, 2011
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Evelyn
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I love this route, it was my 1st solo ride in 2002. I have made this trip several times since. I could do the 7 mile bridge all day. The views are great, kick back and enjoy. Note the Keys do not like loud pipes so ride quiet.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 13, 2011
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: MIkeOfAmerica
Comment: Took this route 01/08/2011 and the same route back 10/09/2011. Ride through the everglade area was great. Panther crossing area, never did see any Panthers. Large alligators in the canals. Highway 1 to Key West was busy with weekender. Took 8 hours one way from Naples to Key West. The 7 mile bridge is a big attractions to inlanders. Key West is a great town, lots to do in the downtown area. Would do again. Trailers from Atlanta to Naples. No helmet laws. You are really "in the wind" without a helmet. Lot of straight sections and 45 mph.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 18, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Del
motorcycle_year: 2006 Nomad
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: This is my favorite road in the US..so far. I ride from Atlanta to Key West every year. I pickup the Overseas Highway in Homested. To avoid the heat, I take the trip in December. To avoide the traffic, I ride out to Key West during the week. Make sure to stop at some of the roadside restaurants along the way. They add to the charm of the ride. If you let the locals help you get into the ZEN of the keys and find yourself still out there Sunday morning, no worries. Grab a Waffle House breakfast and head North at 7 or 8am. Trust me, you will have an empty road all the way to the REAL world.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 18, 2010
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Tom
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I strongly suggest avoiding Alabama Jack's on weekends-too many drunk riders. If you find yourself near there, stay away from the 'group' riders as they're 'packed together' in hopes of not being stopped, and have had more than their share of accidents.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 28, 2008
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Kathy
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: If you like seafood check out the City Seafood Cafe in Everglades City or Joni's Crab Shack on 41 in Chokoloskee. If you're near Marco Island on a Sunday during "the season" check out Stan's on Goodland. They have a big party on Sundays and lots of bikes there.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 27, 2008
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Brad
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Triumph
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Going west on hwy 41 is better because you will see the gators in the creek on the north side of the road. Lots of places to stop and view nature, stop at the Oasis visitor center. STOP AT THE IRON RHINO SALOON just south of Naples before you start the nature ride on hwy 41. Ask for a "little beer", local special. Everglades Safari Park is the best spot for airboat rides, plus you get an educational alligator show, plus a zoo full of alligators. FYI, the restaurant on site is worthless.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 23, 2011
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Gilbert Elrod
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode Englewood to Key West solo March 2011. Stayed overnite at Sea Dell in Marathon. Clean, quiet, with polite help and a nice little pool. When I got to Key West and saw the traffic, I touched my foot on the ground and turned around and headed back north. Too much traffic! Kinda cool looking at the 7 mile bridge I traveled 40 years ago as I rolled down the new one. I came down I-75 to SR29 south to 41 to avoid the Naples traffic. I saw a lot of bikers. Total trip over 700 miles. My first trip on new Harley that has 1,000 miles. 1,00 mile checkup at Naples HD while on the way. Great dealership!
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Reviewed by Guest on April 8, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: MARK
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I'VE DONE THIS RIDE 3 TIMES, IT IS GREAT, DON'T MAKE KEY WEST YOUR ULTIMATE DESTINATION, IT'S OK TO VISIT BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO STAY THERE
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Reviewed by Guest on December 27, 2009
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Creator: Larry
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I been routing a map coming from Tenn. and saw this and want to say thanks this have change one route for me rather be return or arrival, I still a taking A1A... Cause this trip is about the coastal ride.. Again thanks.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 11, 2009
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Creator: Smalld
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: I rode this route in the other direction (KW to Naples) in April, '09. Yes, the scenery and amenities are great but I can't rank roads this flat/straight and crowded very highly as motorcycle roads, regardless of their physical condition. The traffic was horrendous and the crush of people eventually sent me packing - beautiful and unique region, just the same.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 10, 2009
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Mike
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Yes Alabama Jacks is a great place for a snack, lots of bikes nice atmosphere.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 23, 2008
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Creator: Ted
motorcycle_year: 1984
motorcycle_make: Honda
Comment: After you hit US1 heading down, after you get to the end of 'civilization', take Card Sound Road. Stop at Alabama Jacks on the right for some great conch fritters and a cold beverage. Then head south through the toll plaza. This road will end at US 1. You can head south from there to Key West.
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