The Top 5 Motorcycle Trips in South Florida
South Florida Motorcycle Trips | Have You Ever Wondered? Vol 9
Get your suntan lotion, sunglasses, and pack up because we’re giving you the top five long-distance motorcycle trips to try throughout South Florida.
From Miami to Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale to the Everglades, here are some of the best long-distance journeys for Harley-Davidson® enthusiasts:
Miami to Key West
Duration: 4 Hours / Distance: 165 miles
Starting your Harley-Davidson® up in Miami and getting ready for a beautiful and scenic trip through the Florida Keys is something every biker should experience. Cutting through the Florida Keys from Route 1, you’ll have ocean views most of the way on your right and left. If you’re an underwater lover, check out the Florida Reef in Key Largo which happens to be the United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Here, you can take a quick break, stretch out your legs, and enjoy some amazing food such a conch fritters and other Florida Keys’ fare. Eventually you’ll approach the iconic Seven Mile Bridge which connects Marathon to Big Pine Key. Once you’ve passed, it’s not much longer to Key West. Be sure to check out Duval Street which is the main district for sightseeing, eating, drinking, and all the charming quirks of Key West.
Miami to Palm Beach
Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes / Distance: 72 miles
This journey entails traveling up the entire east coast of the South Florida metropolitan area from Miami in the south to Palm Beach in the north spanning three separate counties. You can start in Miami by taking Ocean Drive north through Surfside, Bal Harbour, and Sunny Isles Beach and see the palatial beach homes and high-rise condominium towers such as the unique Porsche Design Tower. Soon you’ll cross into Hollywood and Dania Beach. You may want to take a quick break in Fort Lauderdale and check out Las Olas Boulevard which is the city’s main thoroughfare featuring great restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Ocean Drive becomes A1A in Fort Lauderdale, and you can continue north until you reach the beautiful white sandy beaches in Palm Beach. If you’re still hungry, or looking for some refreshments and entertainment, check out Clematis Street or feel free to get your caffeine fix at Café Centro and check out the Flagler Museum.
Miami to the Everglades
Duration: 54 minutes / Distance: 48 miles
Looking for a little more “in-your-face” nature experience? Then you must check out the Everglades. Unique to South Florida, the Everglades is a tropical wetlands area formed from water draining into the plains from Orlando and other parts of the state. The incredibly beautiful ecosystem is home to birds, bears, bobcats, panthers, and yes, alligators! In addition to the amazing wildlife you’ll see here, you can also learn about Native American culture from the various tours that are available on a daily basis.
Miami to Lake Okeechobee
Duration: 2.5 hours \ Distance: 129 miles
For those Harley-Davidson® riders in Florida who want to get away from the city life and noise, a ride north to Lake Okeechobee is the perfect journey. The trip is a serene and scenic ride through central Florida’s countryside. If you’re looking to make some friends along the way, check out Arnold’s Wildlife Rehabilitation where you can see deer, panthers, otters, and even monkeys! And if you’re feeling lucky, check out the Seminole Brighton Casino, a 27,000 square foot casino with over 400 slot machines. After your trip and detours, grab a bite to eat at The Big O Flea Market, where you can enjoy authentic Mexican and BBQ food while checking out some lovely antiques.
Miami to Marco Island
Duration: 2 hours / Distance: 106 miles
Traveling on your motorcycle from Miami to Marco Island is mostly a straight shot east to west on I-75 until you get close to the western coast of the state where you’ll head south for a bit until you reach Marco Island. For those looking for more active attractions, Marco Island is a solid choice. There are dozens of sightseeing boat tours where you’ll be able to see sharks, dolphins, rays, and all kinds of marine animals. Visitors can also enjoy kayaking and paddle board tours through the native mangrove tunnels and Marco Island ecosystem. If you’re looking for even more speed and excitement, head to the beach and hop on a jet ski from one of the various rental companies. All said, Marco Island is a perfect destination if you’re looking for a longer distance motorcycle ride through South Florida with some rewarding attractions at the end of the road.