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Naples to Key West

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 01, 2003

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dhornick
August 16, 2012
We just made this ride as part of a 3626 mile 15…
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F4iGuy
June 19, 2013
As a local of South Florida, i have done this…
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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.

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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

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dhornick
August 16, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
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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F4iGuy
June 19, 2013
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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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Guest
July 19, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
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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