Driving from Miami to Key West – 2 days itinerary

Discover our two days itinerary driving from Miami to Key West, enjoy the best sunset corners in Key West and taste the best food and drinks.

Driving south from Miami to Key West is itself an experience, you’ll stop multiple times for a swim or just to take some photos on the lovely beaches, looking at this incredible road that runs for roughly 165 miles.

Check out where to stop along the way, the best sunset spots, where to eat and sleep, best craft beer places in Key West.


Where to stop along the way

When we’ve finally reached the beginning of this long straight street we couldn’t wait for touching some sand and check the colour of the water, so much excitement! 

First stop was the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. the name sounded so good that we had to check by ourself. It’s an undersea park with colourful marine life, here you can do snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours & kayaking. We stopped only for a quick picnic on the beach, take a break on the beach and use the facilities.

The entrance fee was $8.00 per vehicle with 2-8 people per vehicle limit.

Check the official website for more information


Mile Marker 102.5 Overseas Highway
Key Largo FL 33037

We stopped in many other places along the way,  you’ll notice on the side of the street some parking, usually it’s just before or after a bridge, park there and go discovering the beaches. This parking are usually used by tourists or fishers. Sometimes you can meet some Americans on holiday making giant soap bubbles. 🙂

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Best Sunset spots

Our suggestion is to arrive in the afternoon and find your favourite spot for an incredible sunset.

  • Sunset Pier – it's located at the very north end of Duval Street, it's a long pier full of tables shaded by umbrellas. There's a bar where you can enjoy a fresh drink. As it's a very famous spot for sunset, you'll find lots of people, go there early and choose your perfect spot, it will be very crowded. There are live music, good drinks and a marvellous sunset, what can you desire more? Good tunes and good times are on the horizon.
  • Mallory Square Sunset Celebration (very touristy)
  • Fort Zachary Taylor

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Where to eat, our choices:

Conch republic Seafood Company
Good quality, very careful with allergies

Cuban Coffee Queen
Very good ice coffee and great sandwiches, they are also careful with allergies.

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Where to sleep

You may have the temptation to sleep along the way just because you’d like to save money, Key West is the most expensive of the Keys, but it’s the place to stay. The towns along the way are just motels and shops next to the Interstate without a real centre  where you can have a walk or have a nice dinner in front of the ocean.

Our choice:

Old Town Manor


Craft beers

We found a couple of places, but we didn’t go. Let us know if you tried them and what do you think.

The Waterfront Brewery
Shot & Giggles

How to get around

Good to know is that there’s a free and frequent trolley in Key West. It’s called Duval loop. 

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