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Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

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kansas
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Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

We will be traveling to Key West in November. Flying into Fort Lauderdale. We only have a short visit and plan on staying all four days in Key West. So the question is, are there some must see stops as we drive from Fort Lauderdale to Key West during the day? Also, on the way down is there a restaurant that we should have lunch at before getting to Key West? Any suggestions would be great.

Marathon, Florida
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for Marathon, Islamorada
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1. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

Here and also on the 'Florida Keys' forum ----------------------------> some suggestions in blue. It's a good start for you.

Key Colony Beach...
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for Florida Keys
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2. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

There are about 20 restaurants that I can suggest. What time are you leaving FLL? What time do you want to eat? What type of food you want to eat?

What to do on the way? What do you consider "must see"? Again, about 500 things to do and see. How many stops do you want to make? How mcu itme do you want to spend getting to Key West. I can give you enough things to do and see that it will take you 3 days to get to Key West.

Hatteras Island...
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3. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

Hey buffetguy, I would like to spend 3 days going to KW, so if you could go ahead and name the 20 restaurants and the 500 things to see and do, that would be great. Thanks.

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

I'd recommend stopping for a drink @ Alabama Jacks then stop in Islamorada for lunch at either Morada Bay or Lor-e-lei.....just for starters :)

Michigan
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for South Haven, Saugatuck
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5. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

I'd stop at Robbie's Dock at the 77.5 mile marker. They don't have anything like it in Kansas.

Los Angeles
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6. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

there's 2 different places to see-

Those that you can just get out of the car to take a look, spend a little time there:

The African Queen, docked in Key Largo

Robbie's, where you can feed the tarpon

The giant lobster

7 Mile Bridge

Any of the tiny beaches- Anne's, Harry Harris, Sombrero, etc.

Any of the Sea Shell stores or the T-Shirt stores

Any of the bridges where people are fishing

There are also places where the stop should be longer:

J. Pennekamp State Park

Bahia Honda

A ride out on the African Queen! It goes through the canals

A snorkel trip out to the reef

Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key

Or a stop at any of the dozens and dozens of bars and restaurants

St. Thomas
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7. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

If you like diving, stop at the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. Great displays of dive equipment. Further on down is the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. You should call ahead to make reservations. You will meet turtles who are being rehabilitated after an illness or injury. You will also get to meet the resident turtles who were unable to be released back into the ocean. Be prepared to fall in love.

Tampa, Florida
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8. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

If you take the usual way that most do on the drive to KW, are you aware of the Cashless Tolls on the last 47 miles of the Florida Turnpike (in the Miami area). Your car rental co. will charge you a fee (some on the large side) for using their toll program to pay for these tolls. And some charge for each day that you have the car whether or not you go through a toll. Read here for details: www.sunpass.com/rentalcar

Key Colony Beach...
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for Florida Keys
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9. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

Alabama Jacks

Gilberts

Caribbean Club

Island Grill

Hog heaven

Pierres

Bob's Bunz for breakfast

Islamorada Fish Company

Lazy Days

Island Fisheries

Sparky's Landing

Burdines

Castaways

Island Fisheries

Sunset Grille

No Name Pub

Boondocks

The Wharf

Mangrove Mamas

Bobalu's

Geiger Key Marina

Roostica

Hog Fish

There's 23. Hope that helps. They're in order of your trip down the keys from Florida City to Key West. There are a few more than have slipped my mind as I'm well into Friday Funday.

500 things to do: Be a little tougher,

Add in go fishing with one of the 475 charter boats in the keys

Robert is Here

John Pennkamp

Rain Barrel

Lattitude 25

Hurricane Monument

Kayak Islamorada

Anne Beach

World Wide Sportsman

Holiday Isle

Theater of the Seas

Robbies

Long Key State Park

Dolphin research Center

Take A helicopter ride in Marathon

Crane Point

Sombrero Beach

Turtle Hospital

Walk Old 7 Mile Bridge

Bahia HondaState Park

Search out Key Deer

Look for the Peacocks in Big Pine

Blue Hole

Find the private Airport in Summerland Key

Sky Dive

Take an ultralight flight

There. 500 things to do.

kansas
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10. Re: Places to stop and see between Fort Lauderdale and Key West

As always I knew that I could count on trip advisor. Thanks to everyone, that posted you have given me exactly what I was looking for and more. Now I will take the information and develop our drive down to Key West. Thanks also for the info on the tolls. Did not know about any of that.

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