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Fort Lauderdale to Key West drive

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  Fort Lauderdale
 Miami
 Key Largo
 Marathon
 Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
2 travelers   /   driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Fort Lauderdale to Key West road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Fort Lauderdale to Key West. If you're planning a road trip to Key West, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Fort Lauderdale and Key West. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Fort Lauderdale and Key West. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Fort Lauderdale
drive for about 38 minutes

10:38 am  Miami
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 12:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:23 pm  Key Largo
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:23 pm
drive for about 1 hour

3:31 pm  Marathon
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

5:36 pm  Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:36 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

6:41 pm  arrive in Key West
eat at Blue Heaven Restaurant
stay at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

driving ≈ 4 hours


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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.


How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.


Where should I stop along the way?

Miami  (133 answers)
    Miami Beach  (22 mentions)
    Lincoln Road  (14 mentions)
    Lincoln Road Mall  (11 mentions)
    Ocean Drive  (9 mentions)
    Vizcaya Museum and Gardens  (9 mentions)
    restaurants around Miami:
        Versailles
        Joe's Stone Crab
        Puerto Sagua Restaurant
        Seasons 52
        The Broken Shaker
    hotels around Miami:
        Fontainebleau Resort
        Crescent Resort On South Beach
        Freehand Miami
        Delano Hotel
        The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
    questions about Miami:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Miami?
        Good Cuban food in Miami?
        one night lay over in Miami- what to see, where to eat?
        Looking for a trendy and unique restaurant to celebrate my birthday!
        What is the weather like during the winter months?

Key Largo  (10 answers)
    hotels around Key Largo:
        John Pennekamp Coral Reef Sta
    questions about Key Largo:
        Restaurant Recommendations?
        What's the best neighborhood in Key Largo for a first time visitor?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Key Largo?

Marathon  (6 answers)

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum  (5 mentions)


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Key West, Florida.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.


Where's the best place to stay in Key West?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Key West.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Want to research more popular hotels in Key West? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Key West?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Blue Heaven Restaurant, which was mentioned 8 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Louie's Backyard  (3 mentions)
Half Shell Raw Bar  (3 mentions)
Garbo's Grill  (2 mentions)
Hot Tin Roof  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Key West? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Key West?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Duval Street  (3 mentions)
Mallory square  (3 mentions)
Sloppy Joe's Bar  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Key West. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Cathy from Michigan asked:
Good hotel and things to do with 8 year old son.  (4 answers)

profile  ross from Chicago asked:
Great non touristy restaurants in key west  (3 answers)

profile  Karisa from Atlanta asked:
Things to do and places to eat/drink in Key West?  (2 answers)

profile  Tim from River Ridge, Louisiana asked:
Key West on a budget  (2 answers)

profile  Bernadette from Ohio asked:
Driving from Miami to key west- where to stop and eat?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Key West.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Key West to Fort Lauderdale drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Fort Lauderdale to Key West. Or get a full Fort Lauderdale to Key West flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Fort Lauderdale well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Fort Lauderdale!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 189 miles
driving time of 3 hours, 43 minutes
45 Fort Lauderdale travel answers
133 Miami travel answers
10 Key Largo travel answers
6 Marathon travel answers
58 Key West travel answers





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