Motorcycle Florida
Touring Information

You won't find a lot of twisty-turny roads  in Florida. However, you'll find some of the most scenic highways in the Eastern United States. From beautiful pastures filled with huge, old Oak trees, to long flat beachside runs and bridges that skip from island to island there is lots to see and do, and beautiful weather to ride in.  Best time to tour Florida is October through April. Summer is the rainy season with daily thunder showers. The months of May & September are lovebug season. For 3-5 weeks the skys are filled with lovebugs. Wearing a helmet with a face shield is recommended during this time.   

MOTORCYCLE LAWS  

Helmet Use:   Required Under 21

Riding Two Abrest:  Yes

Eye Protection:  Required by Law

Daytime Use Of Headlight:  Required by law-modulating headlight permitted

More Information on Laws

 

BEST RIDES IN THE STATE 

 

US 1  Florida City  to Key West  128 Miles -  Beautiful Ride, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other you're surrounded by the water as you tour over about 50 bridges. This ride has NO twisty turns and LOTS of traffic, but it takes in some of the most beautiful views a rider can see. You're likely to see  leaping dolphins,  and  little Key Deer on Big Pine Key. Plan to spend some time in Key West, there is A LOT to see and do. Check out the marker for the farthest south point in the U.S. , Go to the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, it's a tradition and it's free!  

Highway A1A along the Atlantic Coast

Orman Scenic Loop & Trail   30+ mile double loop of roadways traversing some of the most beautiful and diverse natural scenery remaining in all of northeast Florida. 

Howey In The Hills Scenic Ride  43 Miles near Leesburg takes you through the hills and along Lake Harris.

Ocala National Forest

The Green Swamp Circle  This ride takes you from the outskirts of Tampa, through Zephyrhills, the Green Swamp, Webster, quaint little San Antonio then Dade City and back to Zephyrhills.

Green Mountain Scenic Byway  Beginning at the Howey Crossroads (the intersection of Lake County Roads 455 and 561), the Green Mountain Scenic Byway winds southeast along Lake County Roads 455 and Old Highway 50 for 12 ½ miles through some of the highest hills of the Lake Wales Ridge. The Scenic Byway generally follows the western and southern shore of Lake Apopka and it’s wetlands. The hills rise steeply from the lake and provide some of the best vistas in Central Florida, including views of the Orlando skyline!

Zellwood to Clermont This ride has will take you along some winding back roads of Orange & Lake Counties.

West Ozello Trail  (county road 494) is only 10 miles long but it's one of the few winding roads in Florida. It twists and winds its way through hardwood hammocks, past grassy marshes and along the water on it's way to the Gulf of Mexico.Towards  the end of the road is a great place to eat called Pecks Old Port Cove. They offer great seafood for reasonable prices.  You will find the Ozello trail off of US 19 south of Crystal River it's well marked.

Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway   A fine ride in western Florida is a trip along 31 miles of paved highway that runs through the heart of the Apalachicola National Forest. The route, officially called the Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway, is best accessed through the northern end of the forest by following State Highway 12 south to 389 and on to 65. The Byway roughly parallels the historic Apalachicola River through cypress stands and forests of yellow pine. 

Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge and Cocoa

 Indian River Lagoon  Indian River Drive (highway 707) - an official Florida Scenic Highway that runs from Jensen Beach in the south along the Indian River Lagoon into downtown Fort Pierce in the north.

 Tamiami Trail (US 41)  Naples to Miami

Sunshine Skyway Ride  You'll enjoy great views of Tampa Bay, backwater bayous and barely used two lane roads with canopies of oak and Spanish moss.

Tail of the Gecko   This twisty gem is tucked away in the middle of the state and can easily be added on to the Sunshine Skyway Ride.

West Central FL Mine Roads   Located in the area of Mulberry, Bartow and Ft. Mead.   This great Florida backroad motorcycle ride twists, turns and dips its way deep into the mining operations that characterize the area.

NATIONAL PARKS

 Big Cypress National Preserve    Big Cypress National Preserve is located in Southwest Florida between the cities of Miami and Naples.  Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley) and U. S. Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail) are the main roads that traverse the site.

Biscayne  Located in South Florida by Homestead.

Canaveral National Seashore  The national seashore and the wildlife refuge, located midway on Florida’s east coast between Daytona Beach and Melbourne, are accessible via U.S. 1, I-95, and Fla 528 (Beach Line Expressway).

Castillo de San Marcos   The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is located in downtown St. Augustine, Florida.

De Soto National Memorial   De Soto National Memorial is located at the northern terminus of 75th Street North West in Bradenton, Florida. Visitors can reach the park from I-75 or I-275.

Dry Tortugas   Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote parks in the National Park System. Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West it is accessible only by private or charter boats.

Everglades   Located in South Florida

Gulf Islands National Seashore  Gulf Islands National Seashore is in Florida and Mississippi and both districts are south of Interstate 10. In Mississippi use Exit 57 or 50 to US Highway 90 to Ocean Springs. In Florida use Exit 12 to I-110 or Exit 22 to the Garcon Point Bridge to US Highway 98.

 

                              Key West

 

ATTRACTIONS TO SEE / DESTINATIONS

Key West & The Everglades  Ride through the everglades and down to key west for an exciting road trip.

 Cedar Key / Gulf Coast  Cedar Key is a small fishing village on the Gulf Coast. Great Seafood and interesting shops, make this a great day trip. Nice ride out to the water.

 Rainbow Springs State Park       Located in Dunnellon  this state park was once an old theme park. There are  miles of nature trails winding up sand hills, past waterfalls, and through native gardens that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  Visitors can swim year-round in the constant 72 degree waters of the spring or tube the length of the 5.6 mile river during the summer months. The park is especially popular with birders, as Osprey, hawks, and swallowtail kites soar overhead, while water birds - waders, dabblers and divers - are easily spotted along the river.

Fort De Soto Park  Voted America's #1 Beach in 2008  Located in Pinellas County, Near St. Petersburg. This is our favorite local beach to visit.

Sleepy Hollow  Biker Destination located in central Florida off of US 41, between Floral City and Inverness.  Off of US 41 turn onto Gobbler Drive. The address is 10333 Gobbler Drive, Floral City. This is a great weekend hangout, with live music, delicious BBQ, Beer, and great people. 

Tunnels of Tallahassee   Radiating from the center of the state capital, Tallahassee, are five delightful Canopy Roads. The routes are lined on both sides with live oaks whose branches meet overhead to form tunnels of foliage. Map

 

MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY CAMPGROUNDS & LODGING

Alexander Springs Rec. Area  Altoona, Florida  Shaded Tent Sites, Showers

Coconut Cottage Inn Mount Dora, Florida  3 Rooms, WiFi  Motorcycle Friendly - owned by Gary McKechnie author of "Great American Motorcycle Tours"

Crane Creek Inn Waterfront B & B  Melbourne, Florida  4 Rooms, Pool, WiFi  Motorcycle Friendly

 

Florida Springs RV Resort  Bonifay, FL  RV & Tent Sites, Showers, Camp Store, Swimming  Motorcycle Friendly

Hampton Lake B & B  Starke, FL  Lake Front Inn, located 1/2 mile off Hwy 301, between Gainsville & Jacksonville.  7 Rooms, WiFi, Hot Tub Motorcycle Friendly

Indian Mound Fish Camp  Oak Hill, Florida  RV Sites, Cabins, Showers, Store

Laurel Oak Inn  Gainsville, Florida  5 Room Bed & Breakfast, 2 Bedroom Rental Cottage, Motorcycle Friendly

Linger Lodge Restaurant & Campground   This is "Old Florida" at its best. Located in Bradenton, on the picturesque banks of the Braden River, Linger Lodge is untouched by time.  Restaurant, Campground, Cabins, Showers, Laundry and More!

Longboard Inn  New Smyrna Beach, Florida   Motorcycle Friendly Bed & Breakfast    6 Guest Rooms, located close to the beach

 

Nelson's Outdoor Resort Umatilla, FL Campground & Cabins, Store, Restaurant, Bar, Laundry Facilities, Hot Showers. Located along the Oklawaha River near Lake Griffin.

Nostalgic 1950's Beach Bed & Breakfast  Panama City Beach, Florida  3 Rooms, Motorcycle Friendly

Nova Family Campground, Port Orange, Florida  Tent Sites, Cabins, Showers (Daytona Beach Area)

Peace River Campground  Arcadia, Florida Tent Sites, Laundry, Showere, Store, Heated Pool. Located on the Peace River.

Sopotnicks Cabbage Patch Bar & Campground Samsula, Florida   Tent Sites

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park   Live Oak, Florida   Tent Sites, Cabins

Summerland Key Vacation Rental  Summerland Key. Florida   Just 25 miles from Key West.  We stayed in this rental during Christmas and had a great time.  2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Sleeps 6-10, covered parking for your bikes, on the water, and easy to find. Very reasonable rates!   Motorcyclist Owner

 

Florida State Parks

Daytona Bike Week Hotels

 DAYTONA BIKE WEEK & BIKETOBERFEST CAMPGROUNDS

ABATE of Florida Bike Week Campground  Volusia County Fairgrounds    Tent Sites. RV Sites

Cacklebery Campground  New Smyrna Beach, Florida     Tent Sites, RV Sites, Showers 

Daytona Beach KOA   Port Orange, Florida   Tent Sites, RV Sites, WiFi, Pool

Daytona Beach RV Resort  Port Orange, Florida   RV Sites, Laundry, Store, Pool, WiFi

 

RALLIES AND EVENTS

Daytona Beach Bike Week (March)   The first big bike rally of the season

Leesburg Bike Fest (April)

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally - Panama Beach (May & September)  The Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly in one of the most picturesque areas of North Florida.  Bikers, vendors and exhibitors from around the country descend on Panama City Beach, Florida for Panama City Beach Bike Week, the first weekend in May and the last weekend in September.

Phil Petersons Key West Poker Run (September) 

Biketoberfest - Daytona Beach (October)

Hogs On The High Seas (November)  The World's Only Rally on a cruise ship!  Seven day cruise from Port Canaveral, FL and to Labadee, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, George Town, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, Mexico.

Webster Cycle Meet  (1st Sunday of the Month)  All year you can head to Webster for the swap meet and by owner motorcycle sale. Enjoy entertainment, food, vendors

 Motorcycle Monster  Event Calendar where you can find bike nights and motorcycle events in Florida year round.

 

 

  

RESOURCES & LINKS

Rent A Trike   We rent late model Harley Davidson or Custom Built trikes that are dependable, comfortable and fun to ride. In addition to our daily rental service in the Tampa Bay area we offer special rental packages for out of town clients who want to experience the fun and excitement of Daytona Bike week or Biketoberfest or longer rental periods to explore all of the many attractions available in Florida from Key west to Panama City. We also provide 24/7 roadside assistance and free airport pickup and drop off service for one week or longer rentals.

Visit Florida    Information on things to see and do.

Florida Biker  Information on MC friendly establishments, and events

Biker Road  Biker Friendly Bars in Florida

Destination Daytona  Information on Daytona Beach Motorcycle Businesses

Florida Motorcycle Roads  Information on great roads to ride in Florida

Moto Where  Florida Motorcycle Roads

Sunday Morning Rides  Florida Motorcycle Roads with downloadable GPS directions

Motorcycle USA Ride Guide for Florida

Key West Information  Vacation Guide

Dry Tortugas - Visit Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park, 100% Lowest Price Dry Tortugas Ferry Guarantee! Snorkel, Food, Drinks, Sun, & Get 10% off Dry Tortugas Charter.

Finding the Keys by Motorcycle  Article from Motorcycle Cruiser

See North Florida  Points of Interest, Day Trips & Driving Loops, Geo Coded for your GPS

Fun and Sun   Florida Travel Information

Amtrak Auto Train  The Auto Train takes you and your motorcycle from Sanford, FL (Orlando Area) to Lorton, VA (Washington D.C. Area) nonstop. It's a great option if you are short on time. Take the train up and tour on the way back.

Tow To Go Program    If you are going out during the holidays take down this number or save it in your cell phone 800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357). This number will get you a FREE ride home courtesy of AAA South and Budweiser. It is part of their Tow To Go program that will get you and your motorcycle or car home if you have had too much to drink during the holidays. This is a FREE service available in Florida, Georgia and parts of Tennessee between Thanksgiving and New Years (and some other holidays throughout the year).

If you are on your bike you need to specify you have a motorcycle so they can send a tow truck who can accommodate. Best of all , you don't need to be a AAA Member to take advantage of this program.

Tell your friends!