Experts at StressFreeCarRental.com have created a place by place guide of the journey which includes all of the amazing spots that you can stop off at on the way to make the most of your trip.
The Florida Keys are a popular tourist destination with around 5.13 million trips being made there in 2018 alone.*
The total journey from Orlando to Key West comes to around six and a half hours and rather than doing the journey in one go, experts suggest making use of the drive and all of the great attractions in between the two destinations, especially the beaches.
This journey has the perfect mix of an exciting fun packed trip alongside a relaxing get away as you head closer to Key West, a beautiful island destination.
A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “This trip is really great for families and couples who want to experience both a fun and thrilling getaway as well as a relaxing scenic one.
“Orlando Florida is home to some really exciting attractions like the Universal Studios and after that the journey to Key West includes some other great nature destinations like Miami and Hutchinson Island which has some beautiful beaches that are a must see.
“We’ve put together this quick and easy inspiration guide so that eager travelers can just rent a car and hit the road without worrying too much about finding great places to stop off at.”
Orlando to Key West - the ultimate guide:
There is no denying that one of the biggest attractions in Orlando is the Universal Studios. This isn’t too large so you could actually just spend one day here if you wish! Some people however do stay a little longer to make the most of all three of the theme parks there. Also located not too far from Orlando is the iconic Kennedy Space Centre. It’s around an hour away from Orlando and is hugely popular so if you can squeeze it in it’s definitely a must see!
Jump on to the A1A, a well-known scenic route, and enjoy the beautiful views as you approach Hutchinson Island. The drive is scenic as it is, but if you’re looking to stop off and get closer to nature, be sure to enjoy the beaches at this location. A couple of popular include are Stuart Beach and the Jensen Sea Turtle Beach which is perfect for turtle watching (hence the name!)
Also along the way is Palm Beach which has some great attractions but is often one of Florida’s most overlooked locations. If you’ve got a couple of eager gamers in your family you’ll want to stop off at the Silverball Museum and Arcade which has over 150 video games and offers unlimited go’s once the entrance fee is paid.
The most famous spot in Florida is Miami which is known for its beautiful beaches. South Beach still remains as arguably one of the most famous and iconic beaches ever with an amazing atmosphere and it’s also popular for spotting celebrities!
Marathon is located in the middle of the Florida Keys and is infamous for its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water. Marathon Key is also home to the Dolphin Research Center, looking after several dolphins and sea lions. Visitors can swim with dolphins and learn about all of the research done there.
And you’ve made it! You’ve finally reached the most southern location in the USA known for watersports, beaches and nightlife! It also has a lot of history with many famous writers like Ernest Hemingway having lived there. There’s also an Ernest Hemingway home and museum that’s a great experience.