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Are we crazy?

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Are we crazy?

Heading to Orlando for a couple of nights, and hoping to take in some of the Florida Keys since we've never been there. Couple of questions:

1. Are we stupid to try to drive from Orlando to Islamorada in one day?

2. Is it dumb to stay over night and then try to get to Key West the next day before trying to head back up North?

3. Our flight is mid-day, where should we stay the night before to make it a reasonable journey in the morning? Miami? Farther North?

Thanks for your help, I have no feel for the driving times and distances in Florida.

Berkshire, England
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1. Re: Are we crazy?

You could do the drive from Orlando to Islamorada in one day but it will probably take at least 5 hours, if not longer. It is a long way! To be honest, in the time that you have, you won't be able to appreciate the Keys IMHO and it seems such a long way to drive just for a day! So, yes, I would say it is dumb!!! The drive down the Keys is Spectacular but it is not a quick drive as the speed limits are low in places and often the road is single lane. If you do decide to do it you really won't have time to see anything of Key West!

Fort Lauderdale...
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2. Re: Are we crazy?

Plan on about 6hrs+stops from Orlando to Islamorada. 8hrs+stops from Orlando to Key West.

Now for the tricky part, who makes up your party ? Small kids ? Teens ? Just a couple ? Its a fine line between over doing it and enjoying a trip like this. Do you have a specific destination in mind ? Planning is everything, if you know what you want to see or do and have a goal in mind then I say go for it. As for your return, Id get as far back north as a could, though rare, accidents on the Turnpike and I-95 do cause long delays from time to time. You should also educate yourself on the cashless tolls you'll find in and around Miami. Enjoy!

San Francisco...
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3. Re: Are we crazy?

Its just the two of us...and we like driving, so the 5 hours doesn't bother us, but if its a hard drive, we might give it a miss...

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4. Re: Are we crazy?

Not a good idea, wait until next time.

San Francisco...
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5. Re: Are we crazy?

We basically have all of Friday, all of Saturday, and our flight from Orlando is Sunday at noon. So we were thinking drive to Islamorada Friday, stay overnight, look around all day Saturday, and then drive back Sat. night to some place farther north so that the trip to the airport isn't a 5 hour sprint...

What is it like in Palm Beach? Vero Beach? Someplace maybe within a couple hour drive of the Orlando airport.

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