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Cape Canaveral to the Keys (and back) in 2.5 days??

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Cape Canaveral to the Keys (and back) in 2.5 days??

Hubby and I will be in Florida for 3.5 days. The first day will be spent at Kennedy Space Center and then we're really hoping we can make it to the Keys, but here is where I need some advice.

Is it realistic to drive from Cape Canaveral to Key Largo and back to Orlando (via the west coast of FL) in 2.5 days? Google Map says we can drive one way in 7 hrs, but a friend said that it takes 14 hrs - that's a huge difference. Since we won't have kids with us, we can easily do an 8-10 hr driving day, but 14 hrs is a bit much.

Out of curiosity, how much further is Key West?

Any advice or can you share a realistic estimation of driving time? Any must see's along the way?

Thanks a lot.

Heather

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1. Re: Cape Canaveral to the Keys (and back) in 2.5 days??

From Cape Canaveral to Key West will take you about 7 to 8 hours. Depending on what you want to do in the keys will depend on if you want to go all the way to Key West. Each of the major keys, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West have their own flavor of the keys. Many things to see in and do in each place. Many smaller keys join the larger ones together.

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2. Re: Cape Canaveral to the Keys (and back) in 2.5 days??

The only way that should be a 14-hour drive would be if you go via Tampa -- and Tampa's only 9-10 hours from KW!

Seriously, it could take hours longer if there's an accident, especially in the lower keys, but I can't imagine it taking more than 10 under any circumstance.

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3. Re: Cape Canaveral to the Keys (and back) in 2.5 days??

It's only 9 or 10 hr drive from Tallahassee to Marathon, which is an hour farther than Key Largo.

It's not a bad drive from Cape Canaveral. If you took US1 all the way, yes, it could take forever, the Turnpike is much quicker, esp after Fort Lauderdale. That will then dump you onto US1 and into the Keys. At least go as far as Key Largo and Islamorada.

US1 on the mainland part of FL is all stop lights and traffic.

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