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The Florida Keys and the incredible Overseas Highway
The Overseas Highway that runs down the spine of the Florida Keys is a one-of-a-kind driving experience through some of the nation's most spectacular scenery. On this 113 mile journey from Key Largo in the Upper Keys, to lively Key West, the southernmost tip of the USA, you'll pass over an astonishing 42 bridges. This is convertible country. Flip back the top, slap on the sunscreen, crank up the tunes and let the scenery take over.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Miami
8 nights accommodation in sought after locations
Car hire on leaving Miami
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
The Overseas Highway and Key West
Pirate History, Eco Tours and Catamaran Trips
Fishing Trips and Scuba Diving
Wildlife and bird watching
Flaming sunsets and unique waters edge restaurants and tiki bars
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you’d like this option included in your holiday quote.
Days 1- 2 : Sunny South Beach, Miami
After your flight across the pond, there's no better place to unwind, relax and slip into that holiday mood, than sunny South Beach, Miami. Your hotel for your two night stay here will be in the funky Art Deco District.
When you're not sunning yourself on the golden sands, sipping a cocktail in one of the fashionable street cafes, or mooching around the stylish boutiques, we suggest you hop on a schooner for a sail around the harbour, enjoy an Art Deco tour or visit Little Havana for a strong cuban coffee and a large cigar. If you adore people watching, you're in the right place. Roller skating babes, hunky dudes, sugar daddies and some of America's most flamboyant creatures strut their stuff along Ocean Boulevard.
Days 3 - 4 : Key Largo, The Upper Florida Keys
Today, your Florida Keys adventure begins. Collect your car from Miami, which simply has to be a convertible, and head south.
En route to Key Largo why not take a short side-trip to the impressive Everglades National Park. Enjoy an airboat ride through this wild and rugged swamplands, if you're lucky, you'll bump into the odd alligator or two, you are in their backyard afterall.
Driving south from mainland Florida, it's easy to understand why the southernmost leg of US Highway 1 is referred to as the Highway that Goes to the Sea or the Overseas Highway. The route you're approaching unrolls like a long dark ribbon in front of you with immense vistas of turquoise water and paler blue sky stretching endlessly on either side.
Life takes on a different pace in this part of the USA. If you're seeking a laid-back, easy going holiday-you've got it. Flip-flops and cool shades are the order of the day here.
Your next stop for two nights is Key Largo in the Upper Florida Keys. A must-do here is a spot of diving and visit to John Pennekamp State Park, (one of only three underwater National Parks in the USA). A visit to the world's first underwater hotel and a stroll around the fascinating Wild Bird Centre are recommended too.
Days 5 - 6 : Key West
After a relaxing 2 nights in Key Largo it's off next to the most southern tip of the USA, Key West. On your journey down the Florida Keys you'll pass over endless bridges that seem to disappear into the sky and you'll be surrounded by scores of deserted islands in azure seas. Now don't rush this journey, take it slow and easy, you won't want to miss anything. Stop for lunch, park up the car and take a cool dip (who cares if you arrive at your hotel wet, you're in the Keys.) Stop at a tiki bar and enjoy an ice-cold beer, or simply turn up the CD and listen to your favourite tunes as your cruise along and top up your tan.
Your next stop for 2 nights in Key West. We suggest you stay in a turn of the century, charming guesthouse (these are not like UK guesthouses) or a swish resort on the beach such as The Reach Resort or the Casa Marina. Unlike the rest of the laid-back Keys, Key West is a jumping place. All the action largely revolves around lively Duval Street which runs from one side of the island to another. Packed with restaurants, bars and boutiques, this is one place you'll never run out of things to do. Here we know you'll enjoy the fun Pirate Walking Tours, the Echo Catamaran trips and the historic Conch Train.
Stroll the quaint streets of Key West, stop for a slice of the delicious Key Lime Pie, pop into Sloppy Joe's Bar (a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemmingway) or pull up a bar stool and enjoy some good old people watching.
At the end of your day on this interesting little Island, head to Mallory Square and enjoy the nightly Key West Sunset Celebrations.
Days 7 - 8 : Islamorada
Today it's time to leave Key West behind you and slip back into a slower pace of life as you cruise back up the Florida Keys en route to your next stop, Islamorada.
Islamorada is THE Sport Fishing Capital of the world, it's a Mecca for fishing fans who come here to catch marlin, tuna and dolphin (the fish, not the mammal). If fishing isn't your interest, then there are plenty of other activities in this area to experience. We love the unique Aqua Ranch and The Turtle Hospital.
As this is the end of your holiday, you may not want to do more than kick back and enjoy the laid-back vibe. Make sure you start your day with a fabulous breakfasts at Robbies and when the thoughts roll to dinner you've got great local restaurants (we recommend Pierre's), complete with terrific views and stunning sunsets.
Day 9 : Head for home.
It's just a short drive today back to Miami Airport for your flight home, however your exploring doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may decide to extend your stay in Florida and include visits to nearby Naples or Sanibel Island.
Call the travel specialists as Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Florida Keys and Overseas Highway adventure.
Once again I found Jade Weir to be very helpful and efficient. During my last trip I contacted her to make a change to my schedule. This was made very much to my satisfaction. Ms Weir is an excellent travel consultant.