FLORIDA TRAVELS – TOWNS AT THE END OF THE ROAD

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FLORIDA TRAVELS – TOWNS AT THE END OF THE ROAD

FLORIDA TRAVELS

Florida end of road towns such as Key West and Cedar Key seem to attract the nonconformist.  Maybe it’s because once you get there you have no place else to go except the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico.  That place is literally the end of the road. There is no way out except back in the direction you came.  People tend to learn to get along when they can’t avoid each other.

Key West, of course, is the quintessential end of the road town, not just in Florida but maybe in the entire United States.  But there are others that are fun to visit and that have a taste of that offbeat nonconformist ambiance.  Each of these towns offers a unique Florida backroads travel adventure.

Here is our list of towns with links to more information about each place.  14 of these towns are on the Gulf of Mexico.  3 of them – Fernandina Beach, Ponce Inlet and Key Biscayne – are on the Atlantic. These Florida travels are just a barrel of fun, so enjoy.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND

Until 1921, the island was accessible only by boat.  In that year, a bridge was built from Cortez out to the island.  It is still Old Florida, more quiet and laid back than most beach towns.  Good restaurants, great beach.

BOCA GRANDE

At one time this village on the southern end of Gasparilla Island was at the end of the railroad.  Now it is at the end of the road. In the old days, fancy trains delivered the rich and famous to the elegant Gasparilla Inn.

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

These islands were finally connected to the mainland by a bridge in 1963.  Go all the way to the end of the road.  Captiva is a truly laid back end of the road Florida village.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, FLORIDA TRAVELS
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CEDAR KEY

This island village was at the western end of Florida’s first railroad.  The train connected Fernandina on the Atlantic to Cedar Key on the Gulf.  Still a quaint and quiet place to visit. A few good seafood restaurants. Lots of peace and quiet.

MARCO ISLAND

Marco is the modern island development created by the Mackle brothers,  who also developed Key Biscayne.  It is connected to Goodland, a true Old Florida fishing village noted for Stan’s Idle Hour, an end of the road kind of tiki bar and dining establishment. Enjoy your Florida Travels

EVERGLADES CITY

Barron Collier made Everglades City the capitol of his newly created Collier County.  It is still a quiet laid back place and provides access to Everglades National Park and the fishing village of Chokoloskee Island.  Chokoloskee is the real end of the road town.

FLAMINGO

Not much to see any more, but no Florida backroads adventurer will want to miss seeing it.  One time it was one of the roughest outlaw towns in Florida, full of poachers and drug runners.  Today it is a ghost town at the end of a quiet road through the Everglades. Another very interesting Florida travels.

DESOTO PARK

This Pinellas County park has some of the best sand beaches in the world, and is just south of the busy Tampa/St Pete metro area. It’s a great place to camp for the night and sit around the fire.

KEY BISCAYNE

On the north end of Amelia Island, this small town is as far northeast as you can go in Florida. It is not quite an end of road town because you can enter and leave in two directions;  but it still has the end of road feel that it originally had.  Visit the Palace Saloon. Enjoy your Florida Travels.

KEY WEST

The ultimate end of the road town.  Odd characters, Sloppy Joe’s, memories of Hemingway, sunset performances at Mallory Square, goofy parades, quaint cottages, a perpetual holiday feel. A very expensive place to live full time and not so cheap for a night or two either.

PONCE INLET

This village is on the end of the road that runs south from the Daytona Beaches to Ponce Inlet.
A wonderful old lighthouse and a couple of restaurants are the centerpiece of the quiet village.

SUWANEE

On the north end of Amelia Island, this small town is as far northeast as you can go in Florida. It is not quite an end of road town because you can enter and leave in two directions;  but it still has the end of road feel that it originally had.  Visit the Palace Saloon

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Born in cold country up north, I never was happy being cold. Finished college and left for warmer weather and landed in the Caribbean for many years. Met my wife there, had a happy life there and then moved to Palm Beach County, Florida, where we still have a happy life. Warm weather, the sun, and the ocean flow through my body. I hope to bring some of that energy to you.

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