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Florida Keys-Everglades-Gulf Coast Bike Tour

Ride Details

Dates: Jan 10-16, Jan 17-23, 2021

Distance: up to 275 miles

Cost: $3745

Rider Level: Recreational- Active

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White sandy beaches, turquoise waters and warm ocean tailwinds make The Florida Keys, Everglades National Park and the Gulf Coast towns of Sanibel, Ft. Myers and Bonita Springs make the ideal place to kick back and enjoy a laid-back Winter bike tour getaway. Join us this Winter for this luxury style tour and jumpstart your Spring training or simply enjoy a warm week from the grasps of winter.

This tours starts on the beautiful resort Island of Sanibel with low volume bike paths and the ride through  J.N "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We skirt south along beautiful coastal towns and ride Lover's Key State Park  before we head into the Everglades. Cycling through the everglades allows for a slower paced tour than your typical airboat excursion because we opt for a car free paved trail. We ride through freshwater ecosystems within Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have plenty of time and opportunity to take in the views of the everchanging sawgrass prarie, abundant wading birds and an occasional alligator.

South Florida and The Key’s weather is always the best at this time of year. The water temperatures are in the low 70s and the air temperature in the upper 70s. This makes for the ideal cycling temperatures. When you want a break from cycling (or perhaps you are a non- cyclist), enjoy some time poolside or on the beach at one of our lodging destinations. Grab a cocktail at the tiki bar, schedule a spa treatment or take a visit to the Turtle Hospital or the Dolphin Research Center. If you need a break from the bike saddle, get your feet wet in the water of some of America’s Top Beaches or snorkel effortlessly on the water’s surface near the 3rd largest reef in the world.

The majority of our tour follows a federally recognized National Scenic Highway. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a multi -use path which closely parallels US highway 1 for 106 miles.  The town of Key West boasts of bike paths, bike routes and quirky hotels and eateries. There is not a shortage of additional entertaining activities. Watch the sunset over Mallory Square, live entertainment and shows on Duval Street or visit the many museums and galleries.

At the conclusion of the tour, we will arrange for the fast ferry to take you from Key West to Ft. Meyers where you can grab an uber or shuttle to an airport hotel for a flight out the next morning. If you are not ready to go back to the cold winter, stay a few extra days on Key West, Sanibel or Captiva Islands

Florida Keys-Everglades-Gulf Coast Bike Tour Details:

Dates: Jan 10-16, Jan 17-23 (7 riding days/ 7 nights). Price: $3745 Single room supplement:$750. Bike Rental:  No Charge , E-bikes  $325 additiional

Travel Logistics: Assembly: Airline service to Ft. Myers, FL depart from Ft. Myers, FL  Airport pick up time: noon to 1PM in Ft. Myers on Jan 10 or Jan 17. Fast Ferry boards in Key West at 5PM after day of riding and touring. Ferry arrives in Ft. Myers at 9:30 PM- Uber if you are on your own or van shuttle services with group from here to the layover hotel.  Some guest decide to stay over additional days in Key West. (call the office, we can help with that) Airport hotel the evening of Jan 15 for a Jan 16 airport departure for home. Call the office for details on our Jan 17 arrivals and departures

Travel Insurance: Available through Allianz

Included:  7 nights lodging when riding and 1 stay over hotel near the ft Myers Airport, transfers from the airport, fast ferry from Key West to Ft. Meyers. All breakfasts, 4 dinners and 4 picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides

Special Note * Book arriving and departing flight to Ft. Myers .  Call the office for details. Additional travel option can be arranged for anyone staying over in Key West or Ft. Myers area

Highlighted Hotels: Hotels and dining experiences are upscale resorts and restaurants for the entire tour.
Sunset Beach Inn- Sanibel Island, Hampton Inn- Bonita Springs & Key Largo, Cheeca Lodge and Spa- Islamorada, Marriott Courtyard Waterfront- Marathon and Key West, Spring Hill Suites at Ft. Myers Airport

Itinerary: This tour starts and ends in Ft.Myers Florida

Day 1  11 AM-noon Airport pick up - Bike fitting -3 PM area ride- Sanibel Island - JN Ding Darling Nature Preserve- Captiva Island ( up to 39 miles, 83 ft of elevation)

Day 2  Sanibel Island - Ft Myers Beach- Lover's Key - Vanderbuilt beach- Bonita Springs ( 35 miles )

Day 3 Bonita Springs - Naples- Alligator Allley Shuttle - Shark Valley- Shuttle- Key Largo ( ride up to 30 miles and 12 miles in Shark Valley, elevation 103ft)

Day 4 Key Largo-North Keg Largo-Islamorada ( 28 or 50.1 miles, 104 ft elevation)

Day 5 Islamorada - Marathon ( 34.1 miles, 145 ft of elevation)

Day 6 Marathon- 7 mile bridge - Key West ( up to 65.1 miles, 323 of elevation)

Day 7 Key West area riding and Activities- ( 16+- miles local riding in Key West) 5 PM ferry to Ft. Myers