MIA to Key Largo
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 5:06 AM Last Post By: bzookaj
Oct 1, 2012 1:38 PM
Oct 1, 2012 3:22 PM
1The most direct route from MIA is the Dolphin, Palmetto, Don Shula, and Homestead extension expressways to US-1. You will enter US-1 about a block before the start of the Flagler Causeway. Instead of taking the Flagler Causeway, bear to the left and take the Card Sound Road. Google Maps can plot this for you. If you reach Card Sound Before dark, you'll have a more interesting drive than the Flagler Causeway can provide. You get a brief view of the surrounding area from the high bridge instead of a view of the swamp from a foot above high tide. Be aware that much of the route consists of toll roads. Tool roads are as much a part of South Florida as cockroaches and hurricanes.
Enjoy Key Largo and the rest of the Keys. They are my favorite part of Florida – the Everglades are my second favorite.
BTW -- You won't be "out of town" until you reach Card Sound Road.
Oct 1, 2012 4:36 PM
2Not really if you're in a hurry. US 1 (S Dixie Hwy) is a local stop & go road. At rush hour traffic can move < 40mph or 64 km/hr . Better to use the toll highway such as SR874 (Don Shula Expressway) to the Florida Turnpike (SR 821) and the rest of the way to Florida City. From Florida City you get on US-1 to get to Key Largo.
Click here to maps & toll rates.
Oct 2, 2012 12:03 PM
3Thanks guys. From our research Homestead Ext looks like you can't pay the toll by cash or card, you need pre-pay. This seems pricey via the rental company who seem to charge on a daily basis throughout your rental. As this is the only time we'll be using a toll this isn't cost effective for us, Does this sound right to you or have we misunderstood this?
Oct 2, 2012 9:58 PM
4According to this map from the Florida Turnpike website, there is no toll at the interchange where the southern extension merges with US-1. While on the turnpike, the tolls are collected at the toll plazas. The last toll plaza is 10 miles north of US-1. The last time I drove this route in 2010, they accepted cash. You only pay a toll at an exit if there is a toll both at the exit as indicated on the map. With millions of tourists driving to Miami from the more civilized parts of the nation where toll roads are unknown, I can't imagine that the toll roads in South Florida would ever refuse cash.
Oct 3, 2012 5:06 AM
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