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Overseas Highway Tours

Overseas Highway
Considered a marvel of engineering when it was first constructed, the Overseas Highway connects Miami and mainland Florida to the Florida Keys. Originally stretching a total of 113 miles (182 km) with 42 oversea bridges, the highway was constructed over the bed of the Overseas Railroad, which was constructed by Henry Flagler as part of the Florida East Coast Railway. When much of the railroad was destroyed in a hurricane in 1935, the roadbed and bridges were sold to the state of Florida; thus, the Overseas Highway was completed in 1938 and gave motorists access to the multitude of coral and limestone islands that make up the Florida Keys. 

While most of the Overseas Highway runs to the right of the original railroad line, some of the old bridges can still be seen as you drive along through the Keys. The portions where pedestrians are allowed are now popular fishing spots; historic bridges like the Bahia Honda Bridge and Long Key Bridge are now fishing piers. 

The Highway as a whole is a destination of its own, affording views of impossibly aquamarine water, Robinson Crusoe-esque islands and plenty of examples of classic Florida kitsch in the form of roadside stands and mom-and-pop shops. The National Scenic Byways program named the Overseas Highway an All-American Road in 2009. It’s the only All-American Road in Florida and one of 30 in the entire country.   

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The Overseas Highway is the southernmost portion of U.S. 1 that runs from mainland Florida into the Florida Keys. While it’s possible to drive from Miami to Key West on the Overseas Highway in less than four hours, more time should be allotted to account for traffic and for frequent stops for taking photos.
Address: Key West, Florida, USA
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Half Day Florida Keys Tour from Key West

Half Day Florida Keys Tour from Key West

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Keep your eyes free to roam on this tour of the Lower Keys from Key West. Ride in a comfortable van across the Overseas Highway and more than 20 bridges en route to three islands, including stops at Bahia National Park, Blue Hole, and more. This small-group tour is limited to 13 passengers or fewer and includes private audio headsets to ensure you can hear your driver's commentary along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Full-Day Tour of Florida Keys Including Aquarium Encounters from Key West

Full-Day Tour of Florida Keys Including Aquarium Encounters from Key West

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Go sightseeing along the Overseas Highway on a full-day tour from the island of Key West. Discover the wonders of the Florida Keys including the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Bahia Honda State Park, National Key Deer Refuge, and Seven Mile Bridge. Lunch, snacks, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour with numbers limited to 10 people.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$389.50
Price varies by group size
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$389.50
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Private Tour of Florida Keys from Marathon to Key West

Private Tour of Florida Keys from Marathon to Key West

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Visit the one-and-only island city of KEY WEST! Enjoy a narrated tour on the way down, and island music on the way back. HIGHLIGHTS • See the sights in Key West • Stay for the Key West sunset • Plenty of Free Time • Designated Driver • Narrated Tour Do what you want in Key West! We're doing the driving! Choose to sightsee, enjoy a happy hour, eat a nice dinner, check out Mallory Square at sunset, take a sunset sail, and more! Sit back & enjoy the scenery as we drive down to Key West. We're licensed like a limousine, so you can enjoy your favorite beverages en route. Learn the history, culture, and ecology of the Florida Keys & Key West from your friendly local guide. See the Southernmost Point, Hemingway's House, Mile Marker Zero, Sloppy Joe's, and Mallory Square It's more like a road trip than a tour - ask questions, point out wildlife, make new friends.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
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Private Tour of Florida Keys from Key West: 7-Mile Bridge, Beach, and Key Deer

Private Tour of Florida Keys from Key West: 7-Mile Bridge, Beach, and Key Deer

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Private, exclusive tour of the islands near Key West. The only land-based tour in the Florida Keys, operating from Key West. Small groups of up to 12 travel in a comfortable customized air-conditioned vehicle along the Overseas Highway. Drivers are professional tour guides who share fun and interesting information about the Florida Keys and the islands we traverse. Experience the iconic 7-Mile Bridge, relax on the world-famous Bahia Honda Beach, and photograph endangered Key Deer on Big Pine Key. Children are welcome. This tour is customizable. You'll love this tour so much, you'll book it again next year!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$294.00
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$294.00
Price varies by group size
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