Florida Keys: Best Road Trip in USA
Considered one of the best road trips in the United States, the Florida keys is a must while visiting the Sunshine State. The archipelago located at the most Southern point of the United States consist of islands connected through a series of bridges that offer one of the world’s best scenic drive.
The Florida Keys, also known as the Conch Republic, is a world apart from the rest of Florida. It has a Caribbean beach feeling with a nice party vibe. You’ll encounter plenty of different types of people during your visit; from young party-goers to families to retired people, loads of fishermen, scuba divers and the occasional afternoon drunk people walking barefoot in the streets. Whether you’re an active person or a lazy stay-by-the-beach type of person, you’ll find your place in the keys.
If you want to enjoy all the pleasure of a Caribbean island while remaining in the USA, this is the place to be. Amazing crystal-clear warm water awaits you with countless water sports activities available.
Aside from Hawaii, the Florida keys may offer some of the best scuba diving available in the USA. There are some amazing deep wreck diving that I wish I would’ve had time to try, but since I was with a friend of mine who happens to be a beginner we settled for an easy 12-meter deep dive along the coral reef. We saw many school of fishes and a beautiful sea turtle. The dive was warm and very relaxing, but I would most definitely recommend the wreck dives if you are an advanced diver.
The Charming island of Islamorada is perhaps my favorite place along the keys. It is the perfect island for an afternoon stop! After having lunch while looking at the tarpons from the terrace of the restaurant, I did a quick drone flight followed by a two-hour kayak ride through the mangroves.
The best way to discover the mangroves is to rent a kayak or a paddle board. You can take a guided tour, but it was cheaper to go without a guide so my friend and I were happy to get lost through the mangrove tunnels. Beware of the treacherous sun and bring sunscreen!
7 Mile Bridge
The feeling of driving on this bridge is absolutely incredible! This is the longest stretch of uninterrupted bridge along the keys. Pull down the windows, turn up the volume to one of your favorite songs and enjoy this delightful drive!
Sombrero beach on Marathon island has a really nice long beach perfect for a sunny afternoon. By the time I made it to the island it was almost sunset, so we enjoyed a nice stroll along the beach and a quick drone flight. While flying my drone I spotted this awesome private island.
The last town, Key West, is the southernmost point of the United States and is only 90 miles to Cuba. Now that Americans are allowed to enter Cuba everyone is hoping for eventual ferry rides between the two countries.
Key West is renowned for its beautiful sunset. Every night Mallory square is filled with people looking at the sun setting over sunset key. The town remains quite lively after sunset and most people enjoy a night out on Duval Street. There are tons of vibrant restaurants and bars with live music and festivities all week-long.
Hawks Key Resort
As I was driving down to Key West I stopped in a few different islands. I also stopped and filmed a few places from the road including Hawks Key Resort which looked amazing by drone.