The Southernmost Point in the Continental USA!
Two moto-vloggers passionate about traveling and the open road.
For years, we've had viewers reach out to not only invite us to check out Daytona, but to experience some Florida riding in general. One of the rides that has always stood out to us is the route down to Key West and as we have been to the Easternmost Point in the continental United States, we figured we'd check off the southernmost point as well!
After a great couple of days at Daytona Bike Week, we rode down to Miami where we spent the night, and on our final day in Florida, we would be riding down to the Florida Keys! Initially, we weren't sure how far south we'd be able to get as we had to return the EagleRider Rentals by 5pm, but after a quick phone call, we solved that and were on our way! Without a tight schedule, we had all day to make our way down to Key West and see some great stuff along the way.
It was a good thing we had all day...
Needless to say, it took quite some time just to get out of Miami with all of the traffic, long lights, erratic drivers, and inability to lane split (legally). It slowed our morning down, but once we got to HWY 1, we were at least moving at a slow and steady pace. We cruised through a handful of islands before stopping by the 7 Mile Bridge to talk to some fellow travelers and search for a place to eat just over the bridge.
The 7 mile bridge was one of our favorite parts of the ride as cruising on a bridge in the middle of the ocean is pretty dang cool! After crossing the bridge we pulled into Kiki's Sandbar for a waterfront lunch and it was great to sit back and relax in the shade with some delicious food and a cold drink! We even ran into some followers of the channel and had some great conversation!
After a nice break by the beach, we continued south and eventually pulled into Key West, checking out some local spots like the Green Parrot before riding out to the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A. There was a long line to take picture by the concrete buoy, so we just stood in front and enjoyed the view and all of the incredible history in that region.
"The island of Key West is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and 1 mile (2 km) wide, with a total land area of 4.2 square miles. It lies at the southernmost end of U.S. Route 1, the longest north–south road in the United States. Key West is about 95 miles (153 km) north of Cuba at their closest points. It is also 130 miles (210 km) southwest of Miami by air, about 165 miles (266 km) by road, and 106 miles (171 km) north-northeast of Havana. Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the westernmost island connected by highway in the Florida Keys."
The ride from Key West to Miami is only 165 miles, but going island speed it was about a 4 hour ride so we started making our way north before the sun went down. We got to experience an incredible sunset in our rearview mirrors as we were crossing over 7 mile bridge and pulled into EagleRider Miami just before 9pm. We dropped off our gear at the AirBnB then made our way into the city to get an authentic cuban dinner at Old Havana Cuban Bar & Cocina which was probably the best meal of the trip and a helluva way to end our trip!
While the ride down to the Keys wasn't exactly our preferred type of riding, it was still a great experience to check off the list and we had a great time overall sending the week down in Florida. We hope everyone enjoyed following along on the trip as much as we did taking it and we'll see you down the road!