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The Florida Keys are world renowned for their laid back atmosphere and unique style. Marathon Florida, known as the "Heart of the Keys" is suitably located in the middle of the Florida Keys, with easy access to HWY 1 - and all the Florida Keys have to offer.

Mile Marker Tour of the Florida Keys

Put the top down, relax and enjoy the ride! You’re on island time now!

The Florida Keys are comprised of over 1,700 islands, 32 of which are inhabited.

US-1, or the Overseas Highway, is the only road that connects our string of islands to the continental United States. It is approximately 110 miles long and is our Main Street.

You will cross 43 bridges on your way from mainland Florida to Key West. The total population of the Florida Keys is about 85,000, with concentrations in Key Largo, Tavernier, Marathon, Big Pine Key, Summerland Key, Big Coppitt Key and Key West.

Why take the drive?

Experience one of America’s great drives with amazing water views and natural vistas. The Overseas Highway was designated as an All-American Road by the US Department of Transportation in October 2009. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned this prestigious title.

Take your time at a slower pace as you travel south of reality and ease yourself into island time.

Lots of great places to eat and drink, as well as quirky tourist stops and unique attractions.

Meet the locals to discover the real Keys.

Drive times to Marathon

Figuring rental car pick-up plus drive time...

From FLL, about 3 hours

From MIA, about 2.5 hours

US-1 is heavily patrolled by both the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (white cars with green stripes) and the Florida Highway Patrol (black cars with tan roofs). Speed limits bounce between 35, 45 and 55 mph. Stay strictly to the posted speed limit (or within 5 mph if you’re feeling frisky). With little crime to keep them busy, the guys in uniform love to catch the speeders. And, your rental Sebring or Mustang convertible is and easy target. Because US-1 is our Main Street, expect cars to enter and exit frequently. Enjoy the views, but drive safe too.

Directions

From FLL, follow the signs to I-595 West and continue on I-595 West (stay in the right lane) to the Florida Turnpike South exit.

From MIA, follow the signs to I-836 West. Merge your way over to the left lane and look for the exit to I-836 West about two miles from the airport. I-836 turns into I-874 and then merges with the Florida Turnpike South.

These are all toll roads. Have singles handle (you won’t need many). But, this is your best choice. You do not want to go through Miami on I-95. It will take FOREVER.

You will stay on the Florida Turnpike southbound for about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on which airport you came from. It’ll end at Florida City and put you directly on US-1 South. Just follow the signs to Key West.

If you need a bathroom break, now’s the time. There are plenty of fast food joints and convenience stations. You may also want to make a quick stop at Robert is Here in Florida City to pick up some fresh fruit and veggies and have a smoothie.

Once in Florida City, you have a choice to make. Either one will take you about 30 minutes with no stops. A suggestion is to take Card Sound Road on your trip into the Keys and the 18-Mile Stretch on your way out.

Take Card Sound Road, which will come up on your left

STOP at Alabama Jack’s for adult refreshments just past the $1.00 toll

Stay on US-1 and take the 18-Mile Stretch

Travel through the southern tip of the Everglades

Once off Card Sound or the Stretch, welcome to the Florida Keys! You are in Key Largo. Don’t bother looking for Bogey or Bacall. It’s not half as romantic as it sounds. The next few miles are a boring collection of strip plazas, gas stations and souvenir shops. There is an excellent restaurant at MM 102.4 oceanside called the Fish House.

It’s time to take notice of the Mile Marker signs. Key West, the end of the road, is MM 0. At MM 85.5, you cross the Snake Creek, and this is where it starts to get fun. At the top of the drawbridge, you can see both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico for the very first time.

Below is a Mile Marker by Mile Marker trip guide with some STOP recommendations to make your trip pleasurable.

127.5 = Florida City – Junction with Fla. Turnpike and US-1

126.5 = Junction US-1 and CR-905 to/from Card Sound Bridge and Ocean Reef Club, oceanside. Also an alternate route – $1.00 bridge toll, if southbound

126.0 = End/Begin two-lane 18 Mile Stretch

112.5 = MONROE COUNTY LINE – Leave Dade County if southbound

109.3 = Osprey nest, Oceanside

108.0 = Osprey nest, Oceanside

107.2 = Jewfish Creek drawbridge. Exit/enter Key Largo. Begin 18-Mile Stretch

106.6 = Lake Surprise

106.5 = Card Sound Bridge turnoff to/from Ocean Reef via CR 905 oceanside. Also an alternate route, $1.00 bridge toll, northbound to Florida City.

If taking CR 905, Mile Markers (MM’s) are labeled “C”. At C-9.25 is a three way stop. Straight goes to the Anglers and Ocean Reef Clubs gated communities. Left goes across the Card Sound toll bridge to Florida City. Now back to MM’s.

105.6 = The location of the railroad depot and the center of the community of Key Largo from about 1910 to 1940. The depot was in the highway median. The community was gulfside.

104.1 = Caribbean Club, gulfside. The set for the 1948 movie Key Largo was modeled for this location

103.5 = The 1920s Key Largo Rock Castle, End of Oceana Drive, oceanside

103.4 = Marvin Adams Waterway Bridge (The Cut), a canal that connects Atlantic to Florida Bay

102.8 = John Pennekamp State Park entrance, oceanside

101.2 = Hibiscus Park, oceanside. This was the center of the 1880s community of Newport.

95 to 100 = This was the early community of Rock Harbor. A small railroad depot was also here.

95.2 = Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary building

94.8 = Seaside community, oceanside. The 1900s Thompson line packinghouse was in this area.

93.8 = Wild Bird Center, gulfside

91.9 = Old Tavernier Post office, Old Settlers Park, oceanside; Tavernier Hotel, oceanside. This was the center of the early

community of Tavernier. Its depot was in the median just south of the post office.

91.0 = Tavernier Creek Bridge; enter Islamorada; Tavernier Creek Marina, Plantation Marina, gulfside

87.0 = Founders Park (Plantation Yacht Harbor), gulfside

85.5 = Snake Creek Draw Bridge; Coast Guard Station, gulfside Enter Windley Key

85.3 = Windley Key State Fossil Reef Geological Site, gulfside

84.3 = This was the center of the community of Quarry that thrived during the construction of the railroad.

84.2 = Theater of the Sea, Holiday Isle Resort, oceanside

84.0 = Whale Harbor Bridge

81.5 = Islamorada Library and park, gulfside; Hurricane Memorial; Cheeca Lodge, oceanside. The library was constructed as a Hurricane Refuge School after the 1935 Hurricane. During construction, the Florida Keys Memorial, known as the Hurricane Monument, was also constructed and dedicated.

STOP 81.2 = Bass Pro Shops Worldwide Sportsman and Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant, gulfside

81.3 = Green Turtle Inn, oceanside. Part of the structure survived the 1935 Hurricane.

79.8 = Tea Table Relief Bridge. Bud and Mary’s, oceanside. The north approach washed out during Hurricane Donna, 1960.

79.1 = Tea Table Channel Bridge

78.0 = Indian Key Bridge. Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site (State) gulfside in distance. Lignumvitae Key Boat Ramp gulfside; Indian Key Archaeological Site, San Pedro Underwater State Park and Alligator Lighthouse, oceanside at a distance. This area is of historic significance. The islands of Indian Key, Lignumvitae Key and Alligator Lighthouse are prominent artifacts.

77.1 = Lignumvitae Bridge

STOP 77.0 = Robbie’s Marina, gulfside – FEED THE TARPON

73.6 = Boy Scouts Sea Base, gulfside; Calusa Cove Marina, oceanside. Gulfside was the location of Camp 3 for the WW-1 veterans. Many perished in the 1935 hurricane.

73.4 = Anne’s Beach, oceanside. Gulfside is Veteran’s Island, which is the grown over approach to the veteran’s bridge piers.

73.0 = Offshore on the gulfside can be seen the remains (8) of the concrete bridge piling built by the WW-1 veterans.

72.8 = Apogee of Channel #2 Bridge

71.8 = Craig Key. Rowland Craig built his resort of Craig at the north end of this railroad fill. The drawbridge tender for the Channel 5 railroad bridge lived at the south end.

71.4 = Apogee of Channel #5 Bridge

65.8 = Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp occupied the southwest end of Long Key. American author, Zane Grey, vacationed and wrote while at this location in the early 1900s.

64.0 = Middle of Long Key Bridge. If southbound, entering the Middle Keys.

62.2 = Walker’s Island (Little Conch Key)

61.2 = Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge

You are now entering the Islands of Marathon!

61.1 = Entrance to Duck Key; Hawk’s Cay resort, Oceanside

60.6 = Tom’s Harbor Channel Bridge

59.9 = Enter/leave City of Marathon

58.9 = Grassy Key

STOP = Dolphin Research Center, gulfside

56.2 = Curry Hammock State Park

54.6 = Coco Plum

STOP = The Island Tiki Bar and Restaurant, gulfside

53.2 = Our 4 Br/4 Ba Waterfront Home on 121st Street

53.2 = Our 4 Br/2 Ba Waterfront Home on 121st Street

53.1 = Vaca Cut Bridge, entering the business district of Marathon next 8 miles

52.9 = Our 2 Br Waterfront Home w/Island on 6th Ave off of 113th Street

52.9 = Our 2 Br/2 Ba Houseboat at Island Launch Site on 6th Ave off of 113th Street

52.9 = Our 2 Br/2 Ba Waterfront Home on US Hwy 1 at 112th Street

52.0 = Marathon Airport, gulfside

50.0 = Sombrero Beach Road

STOP = Crane Point Museum of Natural History, gulfside

STOP = Sombrero Beach, oceanside (turn off US-1 onto Sombrero Beach Road)

49.5 = Our 2 Br/2 Ba Private Island Home 'Pretty Joe Rock' off 43rd Street

STOP 48.5 = Turtle Hospital, gulfside

48.0 = US Coast Guard Station, gulfside

STOP = Porky’s BBQ and Captain Pip’s Marina, gulfside

STOP and turn onto 15th Street = Burdine’s Chicki Tiki and Castaway Restaurant, oceanside

STOP and turn onto 11th Street = Lazy Days South Restaurant, oceanside

STOP 47.5 = 7 Mile Marina Charter Boat Row and Salty’s Waterfront Grill, gulfside

STOP 47 = Knight’s Key, Pigeon Key Visitor’s Center and Sunset Grille, oceanside

47.0 = Begin/end of Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon City limits

44.8 = Pigeon Key, gulfside

43.9 = Moser Channel, apogee of Seven-Mile Bridge. Sombrero Light House seen at a distance, oceanside

41.7 = End of original steel truss railroad bridge and begin concrete arch bridge

40.0 = End/begin Seven Mile Bridge

Thanks for visiting Marathon! Come back soon!

39.5 = Veterans Memorial Park, oceanside

39.5 = Misouri-Little Duck Channel Bridge

39.0 = Ohio-Missouri Channel Bridge

38.8 = Sunshine Key Trailer Park, gulfside

38.7 = Ohio- Bahia Honda Channel Bridge

STOP 36.8 = Bahia Honda State Park entrance, oceanside.

36.0 = Bahia Honda Bridge (4-lanes) old railroad camelback bridge, oceanside

34.0 = West Summerland Key

33.0 = Spanish Harbor Bridge west end

30.2 = Big Pine Key traffic stop light; gulfside to Key Deer Road and Wilder Road

STOP Key Deer Preserve, No Name Pub, No Name Key, gulfside

29.3 = North Pine Channel Bridge

28.1 = Little Torch Key

28.0 = Torch Channel Bridge

27.9 = Middle Torch Key. Entrance to Big Torch Key, turnoff gulfside

27.7 = Torch-Ramrod Channel Bridge

26.6 = South Pine Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside

27.0 = Ramrod Key

26.0 = Niles Channel Bridge, middle

25.0 – 24.0 = Summerland Key community

STOP 22.5 = Square Grouper Restaurant, oceanside

23.5 = Kemp Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside

21.0 = Cudjoe Key Subdivision on oceanside. U.S. Navy “Fat Albert” site, gulfside

20.2 = Bow Channel Bridge to Sugarloaf Key

STOP 20.0 = Mangrove Momma’s Restaurant, gulfside

19.3 = Crane Blvd. to gulfside, Sugarloaf School

18.6 = Upper Sugarloaf Key

18.8 = Park Channel Bridge

17.8 = North Harris Channel Bridge

17.6 = Harris Gap Channel Bridge

17.5 = Lower Sugarloaf Key

16.3 = Harris Channel Bridge

15.8 = Lower Sugarloaf Channel Bridge

15.0 = Gate on gulfside to old U.S. Army transmitter site. Now Radio Marti. Bay Point Park.

14.6 = Saddlebunch #2 Bridge, Bay Point Subdivision entrance, oceanside

14.3 = Saddlebunch #3 Bridge, Saddlebunch Shrs./Bluewater Dr., oceanside

13.1 = Saddlebunch #4 Bridge

12.8 = Saddlebunch #5 Bridge

11.4 = Shark Channel Bridge

11.2 = Shark Key

10.0 = Big Coppitt Key

9.7 = Rockland Channel Bridge

9.2 = East Rockland Key

8.0 = NAS Boca Chica Overpass, entrance to NAS, oceanside. Turnoff from both directions US-1.

7.0 = Back gate to NAS, closed, oceanside

6.1 = Boca Chica Bridge, middle

5.2 = Key Haven, ocean turnoff

5.0 = Stock Island

4.1 = Cow Key Channel Bridge

3.9 = Traffic light. End/begin 4-lane

Bear left for Flagler Street, Airport, Martello Towers, Higgs Beach, Casa Marina

Bear right for N. Roosevelt, Truman Avenue, Fort Taylor, Historic Seaport, Old Town Key West

2.3 = Salt Run Bridge, N. Roosevelt, Key West

1.7 = Palm Ave; U.S.C.G. Group; NAS Trumbo

1.0 = About South Street

0.0 = MILE MARKER ZERO! Jackson Square County Seat; Key West Post Office

1-888-544-5927
Several major air carriers schedule regular service to both Key West International Airport and Marathon Airport. These include US Airways, Delta, and American Eagle Airlines
1-305-296-5439
Marathon Airport
1-305-289-6060

Air tours, Charters, & Services

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Florida Keys Art Guild
305-743-7441
Curry Hammock State Park
Mile Marker 56.2
Coco Plum Beach
Mile Marker 54.5
Sombrero Beach
Mile Marker 50
305-292-4560
Veterans Memorial Park, Little Duck Key
Mile Marker 39.9
Little Duck Key Beach
Mile Marker 39
Bahia Honda State Park
Mile Marker 36.8

Beauty Salons, Spas, & Fitness Centers

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Headhunters Hair and Nail Salon
305-743-9917
Island Girl Salon
305-743-6832
Keys Fitness
305-743-6716
Pure Massage
305-731-5165

Boat Clubs

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Marathon Yacht Club
305-743-6739
Marathon Boat Yard
305-743-4042
Marathon Sailing Club
305-664-8252
Sombrero Marina/Dockside
305-743-0000

Boat Ramps

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Aviation Blvd, behind airport, small ramp
Aviation Blvd & Harbor Dr.
Marathon Boat Ramp - Mile Marker 53 Bayside
Mile Marker 54 Bayside
Chamber of Commerce & Yacht Club Mile Marker 49 Bayside
West 7 Mile Bridge, Bayside

Boat Rentals, Tours, Guides, etc. (Also see Fishing)

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Beckoning Sport Fishing
305-849-0548
Captain Hook's Marina
305-743-2444
Captain Pip's
1-800-707-1692, 305-743-2844
Dan Duimstra
863-444-1688
Fish n' Fever
305-743-5122
Fish 'n Fun
1-305-743-2275
Flat-Out Sportfishing
305-395-1228
Into the Blue Boat Rentals
305-289-0285
Keys Adventure Cruises
305-731-4575
Florida Keys Sailing, Inc.
Mile Marker 49
305-731-8105
Marathon Lady Party Boat
305-743-5580
Native Sun Sportfishing
305-942-6694
Reef Runner Dive Charters
305-289-9808
Sea Dog Charters
305-743-8255
Sea King
305-743-3202
Starlight Party Boat
305-743-8436
Sundance Sportfishing
305-289-1542
World Class Angler
305-743-0392

Car Rentals - Located at the Marathon Airport

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Avis
Phone 305-743-5428, Reservations 800-331-1212
Budget
Phone 305-743-3998, Reservations 800-527-0700
Enterprise
Phone 305-289-7630, Reservations 800-736-8222
New Thought Community Church of MA
305-743-6193
Saint Columba Episcopal Church
305-743-6412
Unity of Marathon Church

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Dive Sites

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Fishing License

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Fishing Identification

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Golf: Courses

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Lobstering

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Miscellaneous

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Movie Theaters

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Museums, Nature Centers, Historic Sites

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Music & Dance

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Ocean Weather Conditions

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Ocean Tides Information

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Photographers

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Restaurants

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Stores - Other

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Seafood Outlets

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Transportation

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Weddings & Events

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