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Everglades to Key West Family Multisport Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • Ride and walk in the Everglades, a World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve—there's no other environment like it on Earth!
  • Keep an eye out for marine life as you kayak on luminescent turquoise waters to a beautiful coral island
  • Easygoing activities, like pedaling on flat dedicated bike paths, let you relax and soak in the warm breezes
  • Kids look for alligators in the Everglades and parrotfish in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary
  • Enjoy off-the-beaten-path historic and cultural encounters known only to locals

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Winter Sunshine in America's Caribbean

Many destinations can claim to be adventurous, breathtaking and unique, but no other place can claim to be the Florida Keys. The people are as daring as the Everglades. The sea life is as breathtaking as the sunsets. And your experience of the Keys will be as unique as you want it to be. There are gators in the swamps and characters on the streets. Spas to be pampered in, wetlands to explore. Glass-bottom boats. Bike paths in the sun. Wildlife to witness. Wild stories to hear. All in the name of being adventurous, breathtaking and unique. Only in the Florida Keys.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain

The Keys' narrow islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which allows us to travel through them on dedicated bike paths. These paths are flat—perfect for laid-back spins—and run parallel to the highway. Please note that cars will typically be within view and you'll occasionally have to cross the main road.

Weather & Activities

Water activities in the Keys are weather dependent. In the case of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned. In colder months, the water temperatures average 70 degrees, and wetsuits will be available.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there will be time for you to enjoy some of the Keys' signature activities, such as paddleboarding, fishing, parasailing, Jet Skiing or scuba diving. These options are often a highlight for those who choose to participate. Since they're not always to everyone's liking, however, they have not been included in the cost of your trip. As with other Backroads trips rated 1–2, if you decide not to take part in an optional activity, it simply means more time to enjoy the hotels or explore the area on your own.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain

The Keys' narrow islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which allows us to travel through them on dedicated bike paths. These paths are flat—perfect for laid-back spins—and run parallel to the highway. Please note that cars will typically be within view and you'll occasionally have to cross the main road.

Weather & Activities

Water activities in the Keys are weather dependent. In the case of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned. In colder months, the water temperatures average 70 degrees, and wetsuits will be available.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there will be time for you to enjoy some of the Keys' signature activities, such as paddleboarding, fishing, parasailing, Jet Skiing or scuba diving. These options are often a highlight for those who choose to participate. Since they're not always to everyone's liking, however, they have not been included in the cost of your trip. As with other Backroads trips rated 1–2, if you decide not to take part in an optional activity, it simply means more time to enjoy the hotels or explore the area on your own.

Itinerary

Day 1 Stroll on an elevated boardwalk above wetlands in Everglades National Park —look out for alligators!  Bike into the heart of the park for an off-road view of endangered pine savannah With an interpretive guide, venture through the fascinating swamp habitat of a cypress dome and learn more about the rare flora and fauna that call this delicate ecosystem home  Travel from the Everglades to Islamorada, where sea, sand and fun await.

Days 2-3 Ever hand-fed a wild giant tarpon? Now's your chance! Enjoy shallow-water snorkeling at a protected coral reef or view this colorful undersea world from a glass-bottomed boat Maybe you'll spot the submerged remains of an early Spanish shipwreck just offshore Kids learn to fish like the locals  Kayak to the small island of Indian Key, where you can explore on foot and still view the overgrown ruins of a 19th-century town.

Days 4-6 Pedal along the Overseas Heritage Trail Snorkel in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, home to the world's third largest coral reef You might even see dolphins during the boat ride to and from the reef   Check out a few of Hemingway's old haunts on a walking tour in Key West's historic district Looking for the most classic way to end the day on the island? Join the party at the nightly Sunset Festival, brimming with street performers and local artisans.

Premiere Inns

Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Islamorada (2 nights) Part of the Islamorada scene since 1946, this amenity-rich beachside resort is set on 27 lush acres and offers a 9-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. (pool, spa, tennis, golf)

Hawks Cay Resort
Hawks Cay Resort

Duck Key (1 night) Ease into island life as you savor superb vistas at this elegant resort just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. (pool, spa, tennis)

Ocean Key Resort & Spa
Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Key West (2 nights) Superbly located at the foot of Mallory Square, the epicenter of the famous nightly sunset festival. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

What if we told you there's a way for your family to escape the winter blues - without leaving the continental United States? A place where you and the kids can snorkel through colorful reefs, enjoy laid-back bike rides, kayak through crystal-clear waters and immerse yourselves in a unique and vibrant culture? We'll have all of this - and more! - waiting for you in Florida's Everglades and the Keys.
Riley Pearce- Regional Manager, North America

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2015 FAMILY DATES
2015 December
2016 FAMILY DATES
2016 February
2016 March
2016 April
2016 December

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-2

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 5 0
Biking 12 0
Biking 17 0
Walking/Hiking 1 0
2 Other Snorkeling Excursion or Glass-Bottom Boat Tour (2.5 Hours)
Other Optional Kayaking or Fishing
3 Biking 16 0
Kayaking Around Indian Key (2.5 Hours)
4 Biking 14 0 22 0
Biking 17 0
Other Kids: Turtle Hospital Visit (1.5 Hours)
5 Other Snorkeling Excursion (3 Hours)
Other Optional Fishing, Parasailing or Jet Skiing
6 Other Walking Tour of Key West (2.5 Hours)
 
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To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.

2016

2 - 3 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,298 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.

For 36 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Florida tour experts. See our award-winning USA multisport tours, USA biking tours and USA walking and hiking tours.

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Miami, Florida/Key West, Florida

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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