03-10-2007, 05:39 PM #1
Where to ride in the florida keys
I am trying to plan a trip to the florida keys this summer,never been there and are looking for places to stay,ride and see.What is the best time to go. Any help will be nice.
03-10-2007, 05:51 PM #2
Im going to Key West June 22.214.171.124.11
Im riding all around there. Theres some wildlife refuges you cant enter that seem to encompass half the freaking Gulf, but theres still plenty of room.
Staying at Key West Harborside on the North side of Key West. Own private dock with the room @ $99/night.
03-10-2007, 06:00 PM #3
03-10-2007, 06:01 PM #4
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I have a town home in kerlargo I will rent to you for the week 1500 ..
you can ride write from the back yard 10 minutes to the tiki bar and cruise all The flats
03-10-2007, 06:11 PM #5
03-10-2007, 07:19 PM #6
I am sorry to inform you that the State of Florida, and the Conch Republic (aka Key West) have been declared OFF-LIMITS to ALL PWCs during the above time period in order to comply with Executive Order MB-3.
Executive Order MB-3 declares,"ALL PWCs that are able, shall pilgrimage to Morgan City, Louisiana in order to participate at an event commonly referred to as THE 2007 MUD BUG NATIONALS."
Cease your non-compliant behavior immediately, or I may be forced to hire mercenaries in order to bring you into compliance with Executive Order MB-3.
Thank you for your cooperation.
(and I am now gonna go crack a beer)
03-10-2007, 08:15 PM #7
03-10-2007, 10:44 PM #8
Hi! I've ridden in the Keys 3 times in the last 13 months...and I live in VA! Here's some ideas and options that I've stumbled upon on those trips.
You can camp and put in at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. There are a number of decent hotel options too. Let me know what you're looking for and I'll give you some of my experiences on hotels there too. Here's Pennekamp's website... http://www.pennekamppark.com/
For snorkeling - get coordinates from this site: http://www.divespots.com/scuba/site-...stination.info Just set up a free login and you can get coordinates and lots of great info and pics from each site.
The big thing about knowing where you can't ride in the Keys is to stay EAST of the intercostal waterway and out of the Everglades National Park. You can run the intercostal, just don't go west/northwest of it.
Gulf-side in the Everglades National Park - no pwcs allowed. Here's the link to that information...
Here's a link to a map so you know where the park boundaries are. You'll see the boundary runs along the intercoastal waterway all the way to Long Key.
The 3 times I've ridden around Key Largo and places I stayed...
Dec 2005 - Camped at Pennekamp, put skis in at the Pennekamp boat ramp right next to the camping area.
May 2006 - Stayed in a condo on the ocean side with access to a private marina ramp and doc.
Dec 2006 - Stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort at Marina Del Mar. Decided not to use the Marina Del Mar boat ramp because of low tide concerns so we just drove to the state park and put in there.
I believe these are the coordinates for Pennekamp - 25.12365, 080.40722
I also recommend riding over to Hog Heaven for lunch...24 57.004N 080 35.457W...they have a very scenic view from the rear deck area and you can tie up there and eat inside or out. They also stay open late and it gets crazy there late night.
Here's a website with a lot of coordinates for restaurants, etc., throughout the Keys... http://www.bootkeyharbor.com/restaurants.htm
There's a number of good places to eat in the channels of Key Largo around Marina Del Mar and you can tie up and eat at those places too.
Hope this helps. I spent the first trip learning where and how and these are some of the things I learned along the way. Maybe it will save you some time so you have more time for riding!
I love riding in the Keys...and I've ridden in Key West too if you're interested in going that far into the Keys. Key Largo area offers some great riding for a first time trip though and isn't very far into the keys.
Let me know if you have any questions about the places we stayed. Have fun!!!
03-11-2007, 08:31 AM #9
03-11-2007, 08:56 AM #10
Thanks for the write up. Man Its only Hour and 30 mins away for me to pennycamp.(well thats what it said on mapquest). When u went to penny camp how was the park about ski's? Also did u do any snorkeling off the ski's. Man i think im going to plan a weekend there soon.
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