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We are planning to ride from Daytona to Key West, after bike week and looking for some ideas as to where to spend the night on the way down and back up, Would like the FT Lauderdale or Miami area as we will be riding down A1A. wondering where would be the safest place leaving a few bikes in the parking lot overnight. We were going to just ride and stop but being told to make reservations as it's spring break and places book up, been hearing horror stories about bikes being taken out of hotel lots.
 

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I would look for AIRBNBs that have secure parking. Probably more comfortable than a hotel and should be less expensive unless you stay right out on the beach. To Jammer's point, A1A is an easy ride until you get down around Palm Beach, then it becomes very slow. And if Trump is in town you'll be making a detour in Palm Beach because they close A1A. You can do Daytona Beach to Stuart or Jupiter in a day depending on how many stops you make. Stuart/Jupiter to Miami is another day. Miami to Key West is another day. Those times are based on making 2-3 stops a day and not hanging out for more than a drink or two at each stop. March is still SNOWBIRD season so A1A can be quite slow due to the traffic. I live in Stuart so I'm just north of all the congestion.
 

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Crazy traffic down there in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Extra day better spent in Keys than Lauderdale/Miami traffic in my opinion. I'd head for the lake out of Stuart, take 98/27/997 down to Homestead. Only traffic out there until you get to all the landscape farms down by Homestead are the cane trucks near Belle Glade.
Cafe 27 just south of 75 and Alabama Jacks off Card Sound Rd. are good stops. No... must stops.
We've stayed at Sunset Cove and Pelican Key cottages on Largo, both nice and walking distance to food, drink and entertainment. Book ahead, they fill.
Enjoy your trip whatever you decide.
Edit - there's also a nice size casino on 997 just south of 27, always thought of staying there but never did.
 

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Signs in Miami shops say " No habla engleesh" That answer your question... People I know dont even like DRIVING through Miami, they go down 75 and cut over
 

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Signs in Miami shops say " No habla engleesh" That answer your question... People I know dont even like DRIVING through Miami, they go down 75 and cut over
Yep, we spent the night in Titusville one night on our way to Key West in 2005. After going down I-95 through that nightmare, I swore I'd never go that way again. We've been back to the Keys several times but always take 75, avoiding the Miami area like the plague.
 

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Crazy traffic down there in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Extra day better spent in Keys than Lauderdale/Miami traffic in my opinion. I'd head for the lake out of Stuart, take 98/27/997 down to Homestead. Only traffic out there until you get to all the landscape farms down by Homestead are the cane trucks near Belle Glade.
Cafe 27 just south of 75 and Alabama Jacks off Card Sound Rd. are good stops. No... must stops.
We've stayed at Sunset Cove and Pelican Key cottages on Largo, both nice and walking distance to food, drink and entertainment. Book ahead, they fill.
Enjoy your trip whatever you decide.
Edit - there's also a nice size casino on 997 just south of 27, always thought of staying there but never did.
I'm with Jammer45U on this. Get to US 27 through center of state to 997. Stay overnight at Key Largo. Then next day nice easy drive (100 miles) from there down US 1 to Key West. No traffic hassles. A few towns but nothing like Miami or Fort Lauderdale which are nightmares.
 

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Thank you for the advice, we were actually planning to jump across 575-75 to 27, then down the last couple of times I'd rode down once was riding across I4 then down through the middle of the state, the other we rode down to Fort Myers and across 41, but with this group they want to check out the nightlife in Sourh Beach.
 

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Listen to Jammer, he's obviously done this before. That's my route exactly. I've done that many times and it's a nice comfortable ride. Actually 714 out of Palm City is a nice shady straight run to the lake. It will take less time to swing out west to the lake, then head south to Homestead then it will to follow A1A all the way down to Miami.
 

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You should be able to make the run from Daytona to Key West in one day. When you first get to key west, at the top of the circular road that goes around key west there is a Quality Inn and a Waffle house right next to it.
 

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We stayed at the Quality Inn in 2012 when we did a weekend trip but I don't remember seeing it when we were there last October. Maybe I just didn't have my eyes open. We did drop in at the Waffle House. Our trips to the Keys have been from July to October. I hear they get booked up this time of year. Reservations are suggested for holidays and the winter season.
 

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As far as having your bike stolen from the parking lot, I lock the frames of my bike to my wife's bike with an Abus Granit Extreme Plus 59 chain lock when we're staying at a hotel. Nothing is theft proof but I figure it will slow them down. The 55" version will cost around $200 to $275 and weighs a little over 10 pounds. The 66" chain runs a little more and weighs about 2 pounds more.

When in Largo stop by the Carribean Club for a drink out back at sunset.
I haven't been there but I'll check it out next time we head that way. In Key West, The Green Parrot usually has some decent live music if that's your thing.
 

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I just got back home yesterday. I didn't go to Key West, I stayed on Marathon and fished 7-mile bridge most of my time. On Sunday, I attended Southernmost Chapter of ABATE of Florida's chili cookoff at Coconuts on Big Pine. It is a nice place to stop on the way down. It is a combination bar and package store.
 
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