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Florida by Harley & Convertible - As featured 'The Times - Best 100 Holidays'
Here's a Florida holiday with a twist. Explore the stunning chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys on the back of your very own Harley-Davidson. You'll love the quirky vibe of the Keys and what better way to experience the Overseas Highway than by motorbike. Then you'll jump into a sporty convertible and head up the Florida Gulf Coast and experience some of the best beaches in the USA. Grab your sunglasses and hit the road.
Price per person includes:
Flights from the UK to Miami/home from Tampa
Harley-Davidson from Miami for four days, unlimited mileage and all insurances
First night in Miami, 3 nights in the Florida Keys, 3 nights in Naples and 4 nights Clearwater Beach
Convertible car hire for seven days
A personalised road book with travel tips and a day to day driving itinerary with local area information
The incredible Overseas Highway
Scuba diving, deep sea fishing and catamaran trips
Great seafood, al fresco dining and flaming sunsets
Everglades National Park
Golden sands of Miami and the historic Art Deco district
Miles of pristine beach along the Gulf of Mexico in Naples and Clearwater Beach
Busch Gardens, Tampa
Day 1 : Miami
Arrive into Miami early afternoon. It's a 20 minute taxi from the airport to South Beach, Miami..then relax and enjoy the sun, sand and the art deco treasure that is Ocean Drive.
Ocean Drive is home to the iconic art deco hotels you've seen on telly and films. It's definitely worth a stroll and possibly a cocktail and appetiser during happy hour. Lincoln Road is the pedestrian shopping and dining area just around the corner from the north end of Ocean Drive. There is also a big Walgreen's if you need to stock up on anything before hitting the road.
Day 2 : Key Largo, The Upper Florida Keys
Distance: 53 miles
Today the fun begins. Experience the start of the 113-mile drive on the Overseas Highway from mainland Florida to Key West. Pack wisely as there won't be a huge amount of luggage space on the bike. But hey, you are off to explore the Florida Keys which are incredibly laid-back, no need to dress to impress. Jeans, a couple of t-shirts, swimwear and cool shades are all you'll require. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the Harley-Davidson depot in Miami and collect it when you return your bike.
It's a short ride today to Key Largo, the longest and largest of the easternmost island of the Florida Keys. Considered one of the Scenic Drives of a Lifetime, Highway 1 or the Overseas Highway, runs from Key Largo to Key West. This scenic route unrolls like a long dark ribbon in front of you, with immense vistas of turquoise water and paler blue sky stretching endlessly either side of you.
A true highlight of this route is to drive across the incredible Seven Mile Bridge, nothing but sparkling sea and deserted islands surround you, this is cruisin' at its best.
Tonight your stay is in Key Largo. If you're a scuba diver, you'll adore the diving here. Arrive by 1pm and you'll probably be able to enjoy a 2 hour afternoon dive. Not a diver? Like dolphins? Then why not visit Theatre of The Seas and swim with the dolphins here (must pre-book). John Pennekamp State Park is also worth a visit, take a glass bottom boat trip here to view the marine life. Alternatively, there are some great Tiki Bars in Key Largo, park up the bike, order a cool beer and just enjoy the scenery.
Day 3 : Key West
Distance: 104 miles
Today you'll leave Key Largo behind and continue south on the incredible Overseas Highway. Stop for breakfast at Robbies and hand feed the monster tarpon here. You might even like to drop in at the Aqua Ranch to view the giant cobia. Your ride today is the most scenic part of the Overseas Highway, take it slowly, enjoy the scenery, stop for a cooling dip in the turquiose seas. If you weren't relaxed before, you sure will be now.
You'll cruise into lively Key West for your overnight stay around early afternoon which will give you plenty of time to explore this quirky little island.
Leave Key West today and cruise back up the Florida Keys. As it's only a couple of hours ride to your next stop, Islamorada, you may want to spend the morning on the Bahia Honda beach, near Key West, often ranked the best in the USA. Enjoy a breakfast picnic here and a spot of snokelling.
En route The Hogfish Bar and Grill and the quirky No Name Pub are great lunch stops, bikers are very welcome. Arrive in Islamorada, the Sport Fishing Capital of the World early afternoon, park up the bike and head for Pierre's or the Islamorada Fishing Company Restaurant. Great seafood, huge cocktails, lively atmosphere and flaming sunsets to die for, are all on offer here. All in all a great end to your Florida Keys Harley adventure.
Days 5,6,7 : Naples, the jewel of southwest Florida
Distance: 128 miles
It's time to leave the tropical chain of islands that make up the Florida Keys and head back to the mainland of Florida. You'll drop your bike off at the depot near the airport and transfer to Miami airport to collect your car.
From Miami head for Naples via Everglades National Park. This 1.5 million acre park is one of North America's unsung wild places - a beautiful, rugged, subtropical wilderness. Stop at Everglades City, a great access point for Everglades National Park. Enjoy an exhilarating airboat or swamp buggy ride to see the Everglades at their best. If you're lucky you may see an alligator or two.
After your wilderness experience its time to hit civilisation again and the sun-drenched beaches of Naples on the Gulf of Mexico. For your next 3 nights, do as much or as little as you like. We recommend sunset walks along the 7 miles of pristine sandy beaches, a round of golf at one of the many championship courses, joining the locals on the Pier to try a spot of fishing or just enjoy a cool beer and lively conversation. There's Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens , dolphin cruises or boat rentals available. If you're feeling energetic then head up to quaint Sanibel Island hire bikes and explore this tropical island packed with wildlife. You'll also love shelling on the 50 miles of beaches here, the beaches are awash with over 400 species of shells.
Shopping in Naples is another treat with a spectacular selection of fashionable centres and plazas to choose from. From small boutiques and specialty shops along Third Street and Fifth Avenue South, Tin City and Venetian Village to the large chain and department stores at Coastland Center Mall and the very upscale Waterside Shops.
Days 8,9,10,11 : Clearwater Beach
Distance: 169 miles
After 4 days in sunny Naples, it's time to cruise to your next resort for 4 nights, Clearwater Beach. Boy, are you in for a treat here. The beaches of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area are where you will want to be if 35 miles of sugary white sand sounds good to you. And we are talking seriously rated beaches including Fort De Soto Park and Caladesi Island State Park.
Just an hour's drive up the coast to Crystal River provides an incredibly unique experience - swimming with manatee. You'll love the Clearwater Marine Aquarium too, home to possibly the world's most famous dolphin, Winter. With Clearwater Beach as you're base, it makes it easy to pop into Orlando for a day, it's less than a 2 hour drive. Closer yet is Tampa Bay, visit Busch Gardens, do a spot of shopping at International Plaza and Bay Street and explore the Cuban district at Ybor City.
Day 12 : Fly Home from Tampa
Distance: 20 miles
It's time to head back to the UK, unless we can persuade you to stay longer? Maybe a few days in Disney or a spot of shopping on the East Coast?
A Bon Voyage holiday is tailored to your exact wishes, so please call or email us to discuss your Florida dream holiday.