High on the wish list of anyone who enjoys road trips should be one through the Florida Keys. From Key Largo to Key West, the entire drive can take about 3-4 hours, depending on traffic on the Highway 1. Along the way, you’ll see the best the Keys have to offer from historic landmarks to seaside eateries to museums to unspoiled beaches, all with a dash of the Keys charm tossed in for good measure.
I’ve been able to take two Key West road trips – one down to Islamorada and back and the next one all the way to Key West and back. The memories are indelible. From watching my daughter play in the water at the Postcard Inn to bar hopping through Key West to standing on one of the viewpoints at Bahia Honda and being amazed that I was still in the US, the Florida Keys leave a mark. While there are fast boats that will get you from point A to point B quicker, the best way to experience the Florida Keys is through its lifeline – Highway 1.
YouTuber “Live Love Discover” did just that. Strapping on a GoPro Hero 3 and recording the entire journey from Key Largo to Key West. Converting it into a time lapse, the whole trip was condensed to seven minutes, just enough to whet your wanderlust. Horace Greeley may have implored everyone to “Go West” back in the day but I’d argue that “Go South” seems a lot more fun, especially for the beach bar bum inside of you just begging for a road trip.