Routes we rode:
- Ocean drive and A1A to Bay Harbor to track down Dexter’s apartment
- Catching the Key West sights
- A ride through the Everglades
Things we learned:
- Swimming with Manatees is so worth an additional 8 hours of driving.
- Old Key West is very walkable, and a hotel on Duval street is the perfect way to be in the thick of it all.
- Beach bums are surprisingly clued into the local gossip.
- The Keys are remote, and driving on the Overseas Highway at night feels desolate — almost reminiscent of being lost at sea.
- If caught in the rain on a highway in a convertible, the wind resistance creates an invisible and yet highly effective roof for the car, sheltering the passengers from the rain as long you’re moving fast enough.
- The car rental counter at MIA is a long long ways from the terminal. Plan accordingly.
Spots we loved:
- Manatee Tour and Dive in Crystal River
- Shark Valley Visitor Center in the Everglades
- Gorgeous architecture and delicious bevvies at The Porch and The Other Side in Key West
- Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe, purportedly the best in the Keys
- Delightful tiki-bar tackiness at Burdine’s Waterfront
- Outdoor ambiance and meandering chickens at Blue Heaven
- Key West Ghost and Mysteries Tour
- Straight up good eats at Martin Fierro Steak House