With temperatures finally cooling down a bit and less humidity in the air, it’s a great time to get out and experience the many scenic routes that Florida has to offer. From winding roads to coastal views, Florida has some great routes for bikers to explore and enjoy the wonderful weather. Anton Castro Law attorney John Castro is an avid rider and has put together a few of his personal favorite Florida scenic routes for motorcycles:
Route: Ozello Trail
Where: Homosassa to Crystal River, FL (find on the map as Route 494)
Why: Great for a shorter trek with an Old Florida feel, the Ozello Trail is a mostly scenic 10 mile ride with some twists and turns, and lots of marshlands.
Tip: There are plenty of stops along the route for locally grown produce and mom-and-pop restaurants so be sure to plan a lunch stop.
Route: US Route One AKA The Overseas Highway
Where: The Florida Keys (Key Largo to Key West).
Why: Known as the “Overseas Highway,” US Route One spans from the northernmost key (Key Largo) to the southernmost Key West. This 113 mile ride will go over stretches where all you see is water on both sides (like the infamous 7 Mile Bridge), as well as through the quirky, tropical, and classic Florida Keys townships. This longer jaunt is great for a weekend trip – stay a night (or two) in Key West or at one of the lesser populated Keys and enjoy a mini vacation. There are plenty of biker-friendly bars restaurants along the way. This route can get a bit busier in the more popular tourist times however.
Tip: Stray slightly off the beaten path to experience No Name Pub in Big Pine Key – and potentially see some Key Deer, a species that is exclusive to the Florida Keys.
Route: Tamiami Trail (US 41)
Where: Tampa to Miami, FL
Why: Ranked by Motorcyclist Magazine as one of the top 10 routes in the country, this two-lane trail connects two of Florida’s largest metropolitan areas – but stretches through the beautiful and largely untouched wilderness of the Everglades.
Tip: Stay vigilant and obey traffic laws. While you will find stretches of less traffic congestion, the temptation to ride at higher speeds has resulted in many motorcycle accidents along this route.
Route: North River Road (County Route 78)
Where: Alva to LaBelle, FL
Why: See why many bikers call this route one of the nicest in Southwest Flroida. North River Road (or County Route 78) offers bikers a relaxing ride with sweeping curves through scenic fields.
Tip: The quiet beauty of this route also means that you won’t find many restaurants along the way, so consider packing a lunch and stopping for a picnic.
Route: Aripeka Road to County Road 507
Where: Aripeka to Weeki Wachee Gardens
Why: Not far from the Tampa Bay area, this easy day trip meanders along Gulf-side grass flats and ends up at the crystal clear waters of Weeki Wachee Springs. Enjoy a relaxed-pace ride and local scenery. Find local food and drink spots like the Upper Deck and enjoy the Old Florida scenery and less traffic.
Tip: Follow the route all the way to beautiful Pine Island.
Remember, whenever you head out on your bike, make sure to wear proper protective gear and always remain vigilant and drive defensively. Some of these routes may pass through areas of traffic, while others may provide you with the opportunity (but also potential hazard) of encountering wildlife.
If you or a loved one is in a motorcycle accident, call attorney John Castro immediately for an experienced personal injury attorney who truly understands, as a rider himself, the challenges that bikers face on the road. Call 813-907-9807.