Anybody who’s experienced Florida’s Keys from the seat of a motorcycle knows: There’s no better way to enjoy the islands than on two wheels. You’ll feel the sun on your skin; smell the tang of swamps; enjoy unobstructed views of pure-turquoise water. Your hair will get snarled and your nose will get sunburned. In a car, you’ll pass through the Keys; on a motorcycle, you’ll be part of them.Begin your adventure in Miami. U.S. 1 runs from Miami directly to the Keys, but follow Card Sound Road through mangroves and sawgrass instead of heavy traffic. In Key Largo, the road rejoins U.S. 1, which will take you all the way to Key West. You’ll find the islands warmly welcome bikers as a rule, but here’s a look at the best motorcycling stops.
Take a break to eat at the Pilot House in Key Largo. The restaurant serves fresh seafood on tables of white linen, but you’ll feel welcome wearing leather and carrying a helmet. A more stereotypical biker joint is Hog Heaven in Islamorada, where drinks and a full menu are served nightly until 3:30 a.m. The dockside bar attracts locals and is decorated with motorcycle art.The Islamorada Fish Co. has caught and served its own seafood since 1948, and is known for stone crabs and fish sandwiches. The restaurant offers indoor seating, but why do that when you can dine on the docks and look out over Florida Bay? Two miles south, the Islander offers spacious rooms with kitchenettes and screened lanais, fresh- and saltwater pools and watersport rentals: kayaks, catamarans and aqua cycles.
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