March 29 - April 2 me & 2 others are riding from Greenville SC to Key West FL. We want to see as much scenery as we can but we understand we can't see everything. We've never ridden in Florida & I really haven't visited Florida much at all. However, Key West is destination ride #1 on my want to ride list. I have no other reason why other than it will be warm & I can get an umbrella drink.
Here is the itinerary
Thursday - ride from Greenville SC to Jacksonville FL
Friday - ride from Jacksonville to Florida City
Saturday - ride from Florida City to Key West & spend the day in Key West
Sunday - ride from Key West to Clearwater or Tampa area
Monday - ride home to Anderson SC
The only hotel reservations we're making is Friday night in Florida City & Saturday night in Key West.
I need some suggestions on what route we should take from Jacksonville to Key West?
Our original plan was to get on the A1A & ride it from West Palm all the way to Miami Beach. After talking with some others, it sounds like that we'd be in traffic/red light hell.
A member here suggested the A1A from the Vera Beach area down to Jupiter & hitting the barrier islands. Other people have suggested to avoid Orlando at all costs & said hwys 17 & 27 are nice scenic roads to ride too.
We don't have to stay along the coast & don't mind heading inward if that gets us on some nice riding. I know its going to be a long ride through Florida.
Is there anything near Lake Okeechobee that would be worth stopping to see?
First off, I don't give a rat's a$$ about Daytona Beach. There's nothing for me to see there. I also hate NASCAR.
I'd like to see part of St Augustine even if its just passing through. I would like to see West Palm, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami & Miami Beach but I don't want to sit in hours of traffic to do it. If there's a part of Florida that's better to see or just as nice to see then I'd rather do that than sit in traffic huffing carbon monoxide.
When we leave Key West, we're going to 41 through the Everglades to the gulf side of Florida & head up toward Tampa or Clearwater. We don't have a plan on where we're staying Sunday night. We're going to play that by ear & see how far north in Florida we can get & see some sights along the way.
If you have any suggestions to places on the gulf side of Florida that would be appreciated too.
Thank you for any suggestions & advice