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Florida Road Trip | Most Beautiful Drive in America

The drive between Key Largo and Key West is the most beautiful stretch of highway in America. Route 1—the Overseas Highway—will take you across 44 coral islands and 42 bridges between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. In under three hours, this extraordinary Florida road trip takes you all the way through Monroe County to Mile Marker 0. The 1800 Atlantic rental properties’ convenient location in Key West means you can either start or end your road trip here by the Southernmost Point. Here are the best stops driving to Key West offers to road trip lovers.

Best Stops Driving to Key West

There are dozens of incredible places to stop on the drive from Miami to Key West. Unfortunately, there’s not enough room for us to mention all of them. Start with these recommendations, and if you decide to retake this Florida road trip, you can try out even more restaurants and attractions.

Key Largo

While you can begin the Florida Keys road trip in Miami, this blog will take you from Key Largo’s Mile Marker 100 to Key West’s Mile Marker 0. Your first stop is the African Queen steamboat that Audrey Hepburn sailed on in a 1951 film. Take the 1.5-hour cruise from Marina Del Mar or simply stop to watch as it pulls away from its dock. Afterward, grab lunch at the classic Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen.


Just a brief drive south, you’ll land in Islamorada, which is an area comprised of “Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, and Teatable Key.” This gorgeous 18-mile stretch of the Overseas Highway calls itself the sportfishing capital of the world, but in addition to the fish, it also produces great beer. Stop at Florida Keys Brewing Co. for a picnic and a cold drink. Or enjoy a full meal and feed some enormous fish at Robby’s. Or both!

Seven Mile Bridge

Next, you’ll drive over the Seven Mile Bridge, which is the longest bridge in the Florida Keys road trip. You don’t have to leave your car to see 360-degree views of the glittering sea. However, if you would like to stop, stretch your legs, and enjoy the view, Sunset Grille & Raw Bar never disappoints. Their patio even has a pool, so you can cool off with a scenic dip. Once you cross the bridge, you’re over half-way to your 1800 Atlantic vacation rental.

Key West

Once you make it through the lower keys to Key West, you can visit our blog page to browse the endless activities and things to do in town. From the best seafood restaurants to the best historic sites, 1800 Atlantic has detailed recommendations for you to choose from. If you’re tired of driving upon arrival, hop on a trolley tour to explore the Key West hot spots. Many of the best places to stop on the drive from Miami to Key West are at the end of the Florida road trip, including Mile Marker 0, so spend the night here and continue adventuring in the morning.

Ending Your Florida Road Trip

After the long car ride full of unforgettable scenery, drop off your luggage and settle into your 1800 Atlantic vacation rental. You’ll hit the town of Key West refreshed and ready for more fun experiences. Don’t forget to snap a photo at Mile Marker 0 to remember your journey through the beautiful Monroe County. Call 1-800-433-2819 to book your stay in Key West.


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