Destinations USA

The Florida Road Trip Revisited – Key West to Orlando

Key West Florida

We will soon be visiting Florida again, it has been a long old winter in the UK and we can’t wait to feel the Florida heat.  We will be visiting Orlando and the theme parks to keep the teenage son happy (and off the iPod for more than 5 minutes) but then we will be travelling across to the Gulf Coast. This is an area we have yet to experience and are looking forward to a relaxing drive from the Tampa Bay, Clearwater area down to the quieter resort of Naples.

In the meantime, to get in the mood here is a summary of our last trip to Florida. Along the stunning US Route 1 from Key West, up to Miami and finishing in Orlando.

Key West, Miami and Orlando

The Florida road trip – a random selection of images from easygoing Key West to trendy Miami and finally up to the compulsory jollity that is Orlando.

Key West

Relaxed and laid back, enjoy the sun, rum and drag bars. From Ernest Hemingway to psychotic chickens I love this place and all it’s eccentricities. Key West is only 160 miles from Miami but feels a thousand miles away in it’s style and atmosphere, its actually closer to Cuba which is only 90 miles across the water.


From the eclectic Latino sights and sounds of Little Havana to the glamour and garish South Beach with it’s mix of stylish Art Deco buildings and grisly rejects from “Real Housewives of God Knows Where!” Miami does offer something for everyone – as long as you like it HOT!


Walt’s dream to build a theme park in the middle of an alligator infested swamp seemed to have worked out rather well. Orlando is now theme park central with something for all ages, from Disney for the kids to Universal for the stroppy teenagers. There are also some excellent themed hotels, restaurants and bars serving superb cocktails although one thing that isn’t Mickey Mouse is the price.

Miami Selfie, FloridaIf you have visited the Gulf Coast of Florida, let  us know your recommendations, we will keep you posted on how we get on.

Happy travelling, Mr and Mrs W.


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  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    May 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I loved Miami. I spent about a week there when I was backpacking round the U.S and it’s a great place to go if you want to party.

  • Claire
    May 19, 2016 at 10:20 am

    What fun – I’ve never been to Florida, but it looks like a riot!

  • Milly
    May 19, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I’d love to go to Florida! I did West Coast US earlier this year, now the East is on my bucket list!

  • Hayley
    May 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    It’s been years since I’ve been to Florida (8 years to be exact), even longer since I went to Key West but I loved it there, it was so relaxing and chilled out down there. I’m a huge fan of Orlando, I’m a big kid and I love all the theme parks, the queues not so much. haha. Love your photos. ♥ HWY29

  • Jess
    May 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of Key West but it looks like a really interesting place! Have a fab holiday 🙂

    Jess xo

  • Jollies and Jaunts
    May 20, 2016 at 7:55 am

    We did Orlando – Key West when I was kid. Most of my memories of all the theme parks but I do remember just how much hotter it was in Key West compared to everywhere else!

  • Suzannah Sylvian
    July 7, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I’m going to Orlando in 4 days time, and will be doing a road trip to Key Largo and Miami on the way back up. I’m so excited. I’ve just come across your blog and you guys are great! Followed you on Instagram as well. Can’t wait to read more posts.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      July 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      I’m sure you’ll have a great time, it’s going to be hot! The Florida Keys have a really laid back feel and are very relaxing. Look forward to seeing your pics on Instagram.