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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-03-2011, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Best Time For Key West???

The wife and I have always wanted to go to Key West. I am planning on a trip next year, spring time maybe. I am from the Seattle area, 30 years, and was transplanted here in Alabama. My question is when is the best time to ride the Keys? And are there any special places to see? We really like to see the history, old bars and such not to much a fan for tourist sites. My plan is to run hard to Fort Myers then take the back roads / along the water maybe, head East on Hy 90 / 41 and into Key West.

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Anytime is good for the Keys... business' are hurting so bad now they are dealing with prices. comming from Alabama isn't bad, I would plan the side roads the turnpike is boring, and after you get out of the Miami mess it is pretty good
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First don't run hard on the interstates
Come down from 'bama and into Tallahassee

Google shows it takes some miles off the way you
were talking about going and misses Mi'hami and Fort Myers

Nice back roads, less traffic, less tourista's

I moved the route google route away from Ocala and lady lake
as the traffic on 441/27 through leesburg route is a PIA
lots of construction, and there are more blue hairs per
capita in Lady Lake (The Villages) driving Ford Crown Vics
than you want to take on with a bike LOL

You ca pick up 27 south nice 4 lane roads all the way down to Williston
changing routes a few times, total miles 619 and it's better than going
Interstate, you'll ride through horse country in central FL around Ocala
and past the surgar cane fields down south, if you want the coast you can still make that change before Tampa and head down to Ft Myers and then over to the Keys...


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I'm riding to KW in March after Bike Week in Daytona. We'll do Monday through Wednesday in Daytona during Bike Week and head south on Thursday. Still working on a place to stay in the Keys.



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Cant miss downtown Key West. Duval St. has some cool bars including Magaritville. They have a sunset party every night which is fun. You can always take a catamaran sunset cruise with all the beer you can drink. Anytime of year is awsome but it can be cool there believe it or not in Jan and Feb. I was there back in the eighty's when there was a high of only 70 and the locals were walking around with winter coats and scarf's.
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We havent been since 2005 but we like to go the end of April. If everything goes as planned we will be heading there April 2012.


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Best Time For Key West???

Their busy season is from Christmas to Memorial Day. I went this year on Memorial day and stayed a week. It was a little crowded on the holiday but it cleared out the day after. Great time, as we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

Take the Tamiami Highway going down or coming out. It goes through the top of the everglades and you can stop and take a ride on a air boat and see plenty of gators!
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Great information, looking like the time frame will be around mid-March to mid-April 2012. I will collect all the input and try to put together a schedule so that everyone has an opportunity to hookup. Will get a list of hotels and KOAís. I donít mind KOAís but very so offend need to shrub those cracks. I am a very free hearted individual and willing to change course if the situation presents itís self. I do have a few buddies from the West coast who want to do the Keyís.

I am planning to go to Bikertoberfest, want to hookup with the crew based on Timís agenda, Oct 15th . Want to meet everyone and see what trick modís are out there and try not to repeat any errors that I have done over the years.

It was dam cool this morning, 40 degrees! Ran like hell, got-a-love it.

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Yeah I wanna do the Keys too. You can rent a jet ski and ride all the way around Key West, takes about 2 hours. Sounds pretty cool!
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