Road tripping to a coastal town is my ideal adventure, especially if I’m doing it in a fully stocked campervan with my closest travel buddies or family. If you don’t own one, not to worry you can easily rent a campervan that is fully converted and equipped with all your road tripping needs. Florida has a number of great destinations at its fingertips and here is why you should venture out and explore the Florida Keys.
Well, there are some interesting facts to know about the location and what its famous for. One interesting fact is Cuba is closer to Key West than Miami. Cuba is about 90 miles out from the Keys, whereas Miami is about 150-165 miles. I like to say it’s a short skip and a hop if you’re up for more travel adventure once you get down there. But let’s get your down there first. The Overseas Highway is the only road in and out of the Florida Keys, the fishing capital of the world, however, it’s a scenic view and considered one of the most beautiful in the country. It really is the perfect road trip when you are seeking an open road with views of the ocean as you drive off the Seven Mile Bridge. It’s a fabulous feeling driving somewhere with an open mind and a free spirit to explore a new place. When I travel, I prefer getting the local experience and here is where you should stop first for something to eat. Check out Lloyd’s bike tour if you want to experience Key West, known as the conch republic, on an exclusive tour.
Okay, it’s time to get back on the road and with your fully converted equipped campervan. Did you bring your bathers? Because you are going to need them if you plan on snorkeling the third largest barrier coral reef in the world! Key West’s coral reef is 150 miles north towards Miami and 70 miles west to one of the most remote park in the US, Dry Tortuga National Park. The largest in North America and ranking third behind Belize and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Snorkeling or diving tours are reasonably priced and a great way to meet other people also traveling the sight, so plan to stop in Key Largo and Islamorada!
On your travels south, you don’t want to miss a few other famous things to experience. Did you know Key West is home to famous writers like Ernest Hemmingway? If it’s something that interests you, you can visit his home and check out his cats with six toes. Next up is Duval Street home to many restaurants and shops. And even more famous for the mile-long pub crawl. Key Lime Pie is abundant in Key West. With that being said I’ve also been known to seek out the best Key Lime Pie and have made an effort to try the pie at every stop. Do it, I dare you!
I could go on about Key West, but you will just have to find your own spots and tell me about it in the comments below. Happy camping #vanlife #ondevan