Across America, there are distinctive routes for motorcyclists to enjoy the ride while taking in the unique landscapes. Florida is a state that offers months of perfect weather for bikers to travel the entire state. Here are five routes, great for exploring The Sunshine State, especially if you map out an itinerary to start in the western part of the Florida Panhandle to the tip of Key West at Mile Marker 0.
Start Along the Panhandle's Scenic 30A
Almost at the far west end of the Florida Panhandle, you will find Santa Rosa, where you can jump onto 30A and cruise "this picturesque two-lane road stretches 24 miles along the unspoiled beaches and charming towns of the Emerald Coast." While it's not exactly the open road, there is a lot to see, and it's perfect for getting some tasty bites and picking up a few provisions for the long road ahead. "With offerings like Pizza by the Sea, La Playa Coastal Cantina (featuring a Caribbean Twist and a Gulf View), or The Perfect Pig Gourmet Market, there's something for everyone at this bustling center."
Keep Heading East to SR-13 and onto St. Augustine
In about four hours, I-10 East will take you over to 295. As noted in the Florida.com article, you will want to take the SR-13 exit, where you can ride along the St. John's River for a 38-mile ride as you pass through "communities with parks, and shady trees lining the roads making this an excellent ride." Not far from Jacksonville, you can take US-1 South and end your day in St. Augustine, where there is a lot of history to learn and delicious food to taste.
Head Across Florida for a Short Ride on The Ozello Trail Ride
From St. Augustine, you can take state roads to leave the Atlantic Coast and head to the Gulf Coast side of Florida to ride along a short 9-mile route. The Ozello Trail Ride may be quick, but it "offers an old Florida feel surrounded by the scenic gulf waterways." You might be ready for lunch, and here are some restaurant suggestions before heading to another great ride.
Ride into Central Florida for a Different Experience on The Sugarloaf Mountain Ride
You may want to stay along the Gulf Coast, but you will want to take The Sugarloaf Mountain Ride. It's a unique 45-mile ride through the heart of Florida that gets you away from the congested roadways for an enjoyable trip over hills through a sparsely populated part of Florida that will get you closer to nature.
Back to the Atlantic Side for an Easy Ride on the Indian River Lagoon Route
Known to be an easy forty-plus mile ride, the Indian River Lagoon Route takes you along the Atlantic Coast through some of Florida's East Coast small towns, where you will find a bit of old Florida mixed in with the new.
Stay on Route 1 to Mile Marker 0 and the Southernmost Point
The easiest way to leave the Indian River Lagoon Route is to continue going south on Route 1, and it will take you to Mile Marker 0 in Key West. Just a bit further is The Southernmost Point of the Continental United States. It's a majestic ride, "Motorcycling Through the Florida Keys."
Leave the Florida Keys Behind and Head Across Alligator Alley
There is one more route unique to Florida. Alligator Alley takes you through the natural habitat of the Everglades. It's an exhilarating journey, great for soaking up the sun and the natural beauty of Florida.
What's great for anyone who wants to experience motorcycling across Florida, you can start fresh. Whether beginning your road trip in the Panhandle or Key West, ShipLux will ship your bike wherever you decide to start putting the road behind you. At the end of your adventure throughout Florida, we're here to help return your motorcycle safely home.