Florida Keys & Key West Bicycle Tour 2019

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  or 706-363-0341 or 800-490-2173
 
Celebrating 11 years leading bicycle tours in the best of all 50 states, where will you go next?
 
2019
 
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  • Enjoy one of your best bike riding experiences with clear ocean water on one side and the gulf on the other.
  • The Florida Keys hold many treasures for the traveler, especially on your bicycle.
  • The Keys offer a tropical blend of Caribbean blue waters, tropical foliage and stunning sunsets.
  • Come enjoy a relaxing vacation on your bicycle while taking in all the Keys have to offer.
  • Take time to relax in a hammock, enjoy beautiful sunsets and take home amazing photos.. 
Day 1, Saturday; April 27, 2019
 
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Check into the Courtyard Key Largo throughout the day. Enjoy the sandy beach or pool; or go snorkeling or scuba at nearby John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the "Dive Capital of the World" and a National Marine Sanctuary. In the evening meet new friends during the Welcome Dinner and Get Together scheduled for around 5:00pm.
 
Lodging:
 
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Courtyard Marriott Key Largo
Key Largo, Florida
(Internet, outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sailing, coin-laundry, snorkeling and hair dryer)
 
Dinner:
 
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Skippers Dockside
Key Largo, Florida
  • House Tossed Salad – Lettuce, tomato, onion, red cabbage, shredded carrot & pepperoncinis.
Menu choices:
  • Key Largo Platter – Beer-battered fish, conch fritters, crunch shrimp, old bay fries and mango slaw
  • Grilled Mahi-Mahi – Red pepper romesco, wild mushroom risotto and broccolini
  • Oven-Roasted Gourmet Flatbreads on whole wheat dough: Roasted Wild Mushroom - parmesan cream, five cheeses, trufle vinaigrette and balsamic glaze or Cheesesteak - Thinly sliced steak, parmesan cream, jack cheese, caramelized onions and bell peppers
  • Grilled Mojo Marinated Chicken – Sweet pepper relish, "Dirty" island rice, orange glazed plantain and citrus butter sauce
  • Build Your Own BurgerHouse-blend steak cut, grilled to your liking with your choice of old bay fries, mango slaw or sweet potato fries. Choose your hamburger toppings: lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapeno, fried onions, caramelized onions; and American, Swiss, Gorgonzola, Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese
 Day 2, Sunday; April 28, 2019
 
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Start your ride from Key Largo and ride to Marathon, riding to the mid-point of the Florida Keys. Take a moment to see and take a picture of Betsy, a symbol of Florida Keys wildlife that vies for the title of World's Largest Lobster. Sculptor Richard Blaze spent five years building Betsy. Visit the world famous Robbie's tarpon fish feeding, restaurant and tourist attraction. Once arriving at Marathon relax by the pool or visit the white sandy beaches of Sombrero Beach.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, taking the van to the next hotel; or 23 miles, riding from the hotel to Robbies and taking the van to the next hotel; or 54 miles, riding from the hotel in Key Largo to the hotel in Marathon. [The route is flat except for one hill on a bridge after Robbies. The route is primarily on dedicated bike paths.]
 
Breakfast: 
Supplied by hotel
 
Lodging:
 
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Courtyard Marriott Florida Keys
-Many people comment this may be the best Courtyard by Marriott in the entire chain
Marathon, Florida
(Internet, infinity swimming pool, hair dryer, 24-hour fitness center; on the water, sunsets over the water)
 
 
Dinner:
FL Keys Steak & Lobster House
Diners' Choice Award 2018 from OpenTable
Marathon, Florida

Menu choices:

  • Bone in New York Strip 16oz Angus Bone-in Strip grilled to perfection
  • Pasta PrimavaraAl dente pasta with lots of fresh vegetables in a buttery and creamy Parmesan sauce.
  • Broiled or Fried Seafood Platter – Broiled: Fresh Mahi, shrimp, scallops and a crab cake broiled to perfection; Fried: Fresh Mahi, conch, shrimp, scallops, oysters and calamari deep fried to a golden brown
  • Broiled or Fried ShrimpJumbo shrimp battered and fried or broiled
  • Sea ScallopsPlump sea scallops can be fried or broiled with lemon, butter, white wine and seasoning
  • All entrees served with choice of 2 sides: House or Caesar Salad, baked potato, French fries, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, vegetable medley, sauteed spinach, rice, broccoli, pasta, onion rings or coleslaw
Day 3 Monday; April 29, 2019
 
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Take a leisurely day, riding over 7-mile bridge, one of the greatest and most beautiful rides that you will always remember. Enter the Lower Keys and ride through Key Deer country. The miniature Key Deer only live in the Florida Keys. Then arrive in Key West, where "Everything Old is New Again." Enjoy the sights and unique culture of the country's southern most location, visit the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansion, tin-roofed conch houses and nationally acclaimed unique restaurants and pubs. In the evening visit the world famous Mallory Square to watch the street performer and later the beautiful sunsets.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, taking the van to the next hotel; or 27 miles, taking the van and starting to ride after 7-mile bridge at Big Pine Key and riding to the next hotel; or 44 miles, riding from the hotel in Marathon to the next hotel in Key West.  [The route is flat except for one hill on the 7-mile bridge. The route is primarily on dedicated bike paths.]
 
Breakfast:
Supplied by hotel
 
Lodging for 2 nights: 
 
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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key - Key West
- newly renovated and free shuttle service to Duval Street & Downtown Key West -
Key West, Florida
(Internet, swimming pool, hair dryer, 24-hour fitness center and free shuttle service)
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 4, Tuesday; April 30, 2019
 
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Spend a second day exploring Key West. Wake-up and choose which unique Key West restaurant to have breakfast, including the famous Blue Heaven restaurant. If you decide to leave your bike at the hotel and take the free hotel shuttle to downtown and Duval Street or take a ride on the Old Town Trolley to get an overview of the history and sights of Key West. As you ride or walk through Key West enjoy a bite to eat at the many restaurant choices including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville or Sloppy Joe's Bar to name but a couple of the hundreds of bars in Key West. Of course also enjoy the shopping along Duval street which features every type of store and gallery. Or spend the day relaxing at the hotel pool or nearby beach.
 
Bicycling route: Free day. Take an optional 10 mile early morning ride to take a picture next to "Mile Marker "0" and the "Southern Most Point Buoy" before most tourists awaken and long lines form for each attraction. [The route is flat.]
 
Breakfast:
On your own. (Many people eat at the famous Blue Heaven Restaurant for breakfast after the optional morning ride.)
 
Lodging for 2 nights: 
 
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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key - Key West
- newly renovated and free shuttle service to Duval Street & Downtown Key West -
Key West, Florida
(Internet, swimming pool, hair dryer, 24-hour fitness center and free shuttle service)
 
Day 5, Wednesday; May 1, 2019
 
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Leave Key West and head to Marathon. Exploring and visiting the places as your ride along and near the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Take time to stop for lunch at Bahia Honda State Park with beaches that are ranked best in the world. View the oceans and go for a swim, or just relax watching the waves.
 
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Bicycling route: 0 miles, taking the van to the next hotel; or 37 miles, riding from the hotel in Key West to Bahia Honda State Park; or 44 miles, riding from the hotel in Key West to the hotel in Marathon; or 49 miles riding from the hotel to the world famous or at least Florida Keys famous "No Where Pub" and continuing on the hotel in Marathon.  [The route is flat except for one hill on the 7-mile bridge. The route is primarily on dedicated bike paths.]
 
Breakfast:
Supplied by the hotel.
 
Lodging:
 
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Courtyard Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
-Many people comment this may be the best Courtyard by Marriott in the entire chain
Marathon, Florida
(Internet, swimming pool, hair dryer, 24-hour fitness center; on the water)
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday; May 2, 2019
 
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Ride by Long Key State Park a 65 acre protected area of historic sites, wild flowers and tropical trees. Kayak, canoe or hike through Long Key State Park before continuing on your ride. Or paddleboard or play a round of 9-hole par-3 golf before leaving Marathon on your bike. Stop by Robbie's to visit the little locally owned stores. In Islamorada watch Tiki statues and wood carvings being made and maybe even choose the perfect Tiki to take or have shipped home. Celebrate with your new friends during the farewell dinner. 
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, taking the van to the next hotel; or 24 miles, riding to Robbies; or 54 miles, riding from the hotel in Marathon to the hotel in Key Largo.  [The route is flat except for one hill on a bridge. The route is primarily on dedicated bike paths.]
 
Breakfast:
Supplied by hotel
 
Lodging:
 
Lodging:
 
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Courtyard Marriott Key Largo
Key Largo, Florida
(Internet, outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sailing, coin-laundry, snorkeling and hair dryer)
 
Dinner:

 
Hobo's
#1 ranked restaurant out of 101 in Key Largo (2018) and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Key Largo, Florida

 
  • House Tossed Salad – Lettuce, tomato, onion, red cabbage, shredded carrot & pepperoncinis.
Menu choices:
  • Seafood Del Mar – Fresh fish baked with Italian seasonings, topped with sauteed shrimp, scallops, diced tomatoes, scallions and asiago cheese. Finished with an addictive Key Lime beurre blanc.
  • Steak Au Poivre – Choice 8 oz. New York sirloin flambeed in Cognac, fresh crushed peppercorns and a creamy brown sauce.
  • Stuffed Shrimp – Overflowing with seasoned crabmeat and finished with Key Lime peppercorn beurre blanc.
  • Chicken in Paradise Pasta – Sauteed mushrooms, scallions, artichoke hearts and roasted garlic spinach tossed in a creamy asiago-parmesan, feta sauce.  Topped with blackened chicken breast and served over spaghettini.
  • Vegetarian Option: Paradise PastaSauteed mushrooms, scallions, artichoke hearts and roasted garlic spinach tossed in a creamy asiago-parmesan, feta sauce served over spaghettini.
  • All entrees served with a choice of fresh vegetable medley, rice pilaf, pasta with meat sauce, baked potato, seasoned fries or black beans & rice.
 
Day 7, Friday; May 3, 2019
 
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Ride and explore Key Largo and John Pennekamp Park on your own.
 
Breakfast: 
On your own
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.

Riding difficulty:
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have a very enjoyable trip without any hills (the only "big hill" is Seven Mile Bridge). All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast.  If a rider is tired or feels like riding less on any day, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel.

Arriving by automobile:
Drive to Courtyard Key Largo Resort, 99751 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, Florida 33037, leaving your car at the hotel for the duration of the trip.

Arriving by Plane:
You can also fly into Miami's International Airport (MIA) and take Keys Shuttle (888) 765-9997 to the Florida Keys. 

Deposit:
$200 due to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.

What's included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets including maps and cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged including ride leaders, luggage transport, vehicle transportation and rider assistance
  • Breakfast most mornings (see above)
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Fun and Enjoyment
Bicycles:
  • Most riders bring their own bicycles by automobile
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. The may be shipped to Courtyard Marriott, 99751 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
  • To rent a bicycle or to assist with bicycle assembly Key Largo Bike, 305-395-1551, the bicycle shop will deliver the bicycles to the hotel
Weather in Late April/Early May in the Keys:  
  • Average High 84°F 

Contact Information:

Vacation Bicycling, LLC
1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, Ste 103-514
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-363-0341 or 800-490-2173 or email your question to our short Contact Form
 
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