Planning Your Time
The 140-mile drive from the southern edge of Miami to downtown Key West only takes about three hours, so it’s quite possible to “see” the Florida Keys in a jam-packed day that has you eating breakfast in Key Largo, lunch in Marathon, and having dinner and drinks along Duval Street to wind up the day.
Such an itinerary is ill-advised for all but the most time-pressed traveler; the whole point of making your way to the Keys is to experience the laid-back tropical vibe, and rushing through the islands is almost as bad as not seeing them at all.
If time is a factor, you should make a beeline directly for Key West for a weekend; two full days should allow you to take in the historic sights, do some snorkeling, and enjoy a couple of beautiful sunsets before hitting the bars along Duval Street. The Key Largo and Marathon areas are both worth a day or so each, but diving the reefs or heading out for some sportfishing require at least a day dedicated to each.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition