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“Nice Drive” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Overseas Highway

The Overseas Highway
Key West, FL
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Ranked #13 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: A charming 110 mile highway running the length of the Keys.
Northern Virginia
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“Nice Drive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We went from Key West to Marathon, a nice drive, not too many pull offs to see sights and I was not comfortable just pulling off the road onto the shoulder. Did eat at a great restaurant in Marathon called The Island Fish Company, great food and great location on the water.

Visited November 2013
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“One of the Best Drives you'll ever take!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

You have to see it and experience it to understand how anyone could get so excited about a road trip, but it is 125 miles of wonderful. Small beaches along the way, marinas, restaurants, shops, and miles and miles of blue green water! Just GO!

Visited September 2013
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“Wonderful road out to sea.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

I have watched the keys grow and populate over the many decades of driving to Key West to see my family. On the last trip we stopped at the Seven Mile Bridge, parked and walked on the bridge for a while. I have ridden over that bridge more times than i can count and it wasn't until I walked on it that I realized how narrow it is!! People would fish off of the bridge as cars and tractor and trailor trucks whizzed by them--leaving no margin for error. I've seen those same kinds of trucks dangling over the side of the bridge and fishermen in boats below would rescue the driver from the water. Then, the draw bridge occassionally would get stuck causing traffic to set on the bridge for hours. The new bridge is great for travel, but it holds no uniqueness and no memories like the original bridge. Now, as we drive over the keys we enjoy looking at the turquoise water, the boats, the lush vegetation, and always looking on the poles and wires for cormorants spreading their wings to dry them, or for a hawk's nest. We stop at the little beaches along the keys-Annie's Beach, Little Duck Key Beach (it has another name now) along the way, and we get something to eat and drink, and as always stop at Shell World-both stores. We take a mini vacation on The Overseas Highway. There is no other road like it in the worlld!! So beautiful!!

Visited July 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful drive best done in an SUV”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This trip is quite an adventure. Most of the time the speed limit is 40mph so down think you can rush it! The down side is that in places it could be anywhere in US with MacDonalds and chain motels lining the road, but mostly the view is of pretty holiday villas, boats, palm trees and blue blue sea!

The route was first built in the early 20th century as the Overseas Railroad and was destroyed by a category 5 hurricane in 1935. Some of the original truss bridges are now used as fishing piers while other bridges were rebuilt when the road was constructed in 1938.

I drove in a sedan the first time and could not see anything on the bridges due to the high concrete sides. Second time in a high SUV it was much better. Then I drove it in a convertible - views were not so good, but the smells, sounds, and wind in my hair more than made up for it!

Stop for a paddle at milemarker 67 at Long Key State Park - it;s a beautiful experience

Visited January 2013
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Renton, Washington
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“Beautiful natural scenery; not enough Starbucks :)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

This is one gorgeous drive, especially with someone you love. The water is a wealth of blues, greens, greys, and even a tad yellow/brown in some parts near the shore line. LIttle islands dot the landscape as do cool trees and an abundance of shore birds. The only thing the highway lacks is an abundance of places to get coffee. Somehow the chains have left this place uncharted territory and mom and pop places don't proliferate either. If you need caffeine and are driving from Miami or Key West, you might want to stock up before you leave.

Visited November 2013
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