If you are staying in Miami or Ft Lauderdale, a day trip to the Upper Keys is very doable. So if you are thinking about a Florida Keys Dolphin swim, don’t let the distance discourage you. Miami is little closer by 1 hour but Ft Lauderdale is not much further. The Florida Keys is a great day trip from South Florida because it is so different than Miami and Ft Lauderdale high rise hotels and manicured beaches.
The drive from Miami to the Islamorada is about 1 1/2 hour by car and from Ft Lauderdale is about 2 1/2 hours by car. The driving is really easy in the beginning because you will be taking the Florida Turnpike Extension and there are lot of lanes and you can move quickly on the road there. Now with Turnpike you will need to have a Sun Pass to pay the tolls, no more attendants to pay cash. You can get a pass at any South Florida Pharmacy, like CVS or Walgreens.
Once you reach Florida City and the Turnpike ends, the traveling goes so much slower on US Highway 1. It is a one lane road each way. So if you are behind a slow poke driver, take your time and arrive alive. There are a few passing lanes on US 1 but it is slow going. So relax and enjoy all the scenery in the Keys, you will love seeing the Florida Everglades and all the bodies of water. You will be able to view the Sea of Grass from the Everglades before you enter the island of the Keys.
Once you arrive, parking is Free. This great perk, because most parks always charge to park your car.
Remember, we will send you complete tickets and directions via email and text. With today’s GPS phone apps, it is almost impossible to get lost. You can not get lost! We can say that with 20 years plus of experience in this business. If you don’t feel comfortable driving, we do provide transportation service from Ft Lauderdale or Miami to the Florida. Call for Rates.