Everglades, Keys to Key West

Six Days/Five Nights Itinerary

Day 1: Coconut Grove — Marathon (15 miles)

We begin our fun, kicked-back, cycling tour of the Everglades and Keys at 8:30am, loading the vans for a shuttle to the Everglades National Park. Our 15-mile scenic ride is through an area rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the #3 national park to visit. Afterwards, we enjoy a picnic lunch and an informative talk by a park ranger. Pack your camera for the Everglades abounds with wildlife.Next, we head to our home for three nights, Tranquility Beach House or the Hyatt Place in Marathon, Florida, with excellent beaches and pools.We settle in before departing to a fun and popular waterfront restaurant with stunning views. It’s well known for its Lobster Roll and fish straight from the boat. We return to our home-away-from-home to a tranquil night’s rest.

Day 2: Marathon (30 miles)

We’ll enjoy a full breakfast before the start of 30 miles on flat-terrain cycling on paved bicycle paths and lanes. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants you’ll pass on the way back to our home. This afternoon, enjoy kayaking, sailing or hanging out by the pool and Tiki Bar.

Tonight, Enjoy dinner at one of the many fun seafood restaurants in Marathon on your own.

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Minimum of four participants required.

February 5 – 10  (3 spaces left)   $2,995.00

February 19 – 24                 $2,995.00

Day 3: Marathon to No Name Key to Bahia Honda (32-45 miles)

Another ample breakfast is fuel for the ride across the spectacularSevenMileBridge. The experience has been described as: “it might be the most beautiful seven miles you have ever biked.” Next, we ride through Big Pine Key, the second largest Key, and on to the Bahia Honda State Park which encompasses an idyllic beach, where we wet our toes or take a dip and then enjoy a beachside picnic. Back “home” we have free time to relax by the pool or at the Tiki Bar, where you can arrange to sail or kayak.

 

This night, we enjoy dinner at a waterfront restaurant catching a sunset as we dine.

Day 4: Key West (32 miles, with 20 optional additional miles)

Following yet another fine breakfast, we begin our bike ride leaving Marathon, destination Key West! Some will want to ride across the SevenMile Bridge again, making this a 52-mile ride. Others will pick up where we left off the day before at Big Pine Key, making it 32 miles to Key West.

 

Once the southernmost city in the U.S., you dine at a favorite outdoor café before arriving at your next “home,” The Key Lime Inn with a welcoming ambiance, and centrally located within Old Town Key West. After checking-in, walk to the landmark Mallory Square, where watching the fiery sun disappear in the Gulf of Mexico is a local ritual.

Jugglers, tight rope walkers, and animal acts are all part of the zany antics. You will catch the sun’s descent from the deck of the Jolly Rover, a wooden schooner, as you sail through the harbor. You finish this delightful evening with a delicioso meal at a South American-style tapas bar.

Day 5: Key West (15 miles)

We take a light breakfast at our Inn’s courtyard before beginning a 15-mile ride around Key West that includes two-hours with commentary through Old Town, the historical area with “gingerbread” mansions and pastel-colored cottages.

Lunch is on your own, afterward, return to the Inn to relax by the pool, shop, or look for a “lost shaker of salt.” There are so many other fun experiences to take advantage of like: Catamaran sailing; snorkeling; swimming in the pool or ocean; shopping; exploring Old Town on foot, or hitting Happy Hour on Duval St. Should you blow out your flip-flops, take yourself to the huge Sandal Factory. A key attraction is the atmospheric Ernest Hemingway House.Tonight, we depart early by launch, to a nearby island with a white-tablecloth dining experience overlooking the ocean. The boat will deliver us back to Key West, with a stopover at Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shop for a slice of that famous local dessert.

Day 6: Departure


After another fine breakfast enjoy your last morning in Key West by either cycling around the Old Town, sailing, fishing, learning a new game, Pickle Ball, or last day shopping. For those departing today, we shuttle you at noon to the Key West International Airport, which has four direct flights daily to Miami for connecting flights home. A total of eight airlines offer flights to other hubs, like Atlanta.Some others may opt to extend their stay to soak in even more of theKey West experience.

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