America’s Byways: Florida Keys Scenic Highway

109 MILES | 2 hr 41 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation describes a trip out the Overseas Highway to Key West as “One of a kind. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico stretching out as far as the eye can see, it winds through vistas of natural beauty, areas rich in history and legend, views of spectacular sunrises, sunsets, sparkling stars, and moonlight. It’s a highway where travelers from all over the world experience their own adventures in paradise.” Need we mention that Gulf seafood and, of course, Key lime pie, along this route are extraordinary?


Buzzards Roost

Buzzards Roost is good eating off the beaten path on the waterfront in Key Largo. Note especially the lobster Reuben and caramel granny smith apple pie.

Must Eats
Hogfish Sandwich , Lobster Reuben

Keys Fisheries

Keys Fisheries is a market and restaurant specializing in Florida stone crabs. Dining is informal at picnic tables; the sunset view is priceless.

Must Eats
Stone Crab Claws, Key Lime Pie

El Siboney

El Siboney is a cool, clean and pleasant restaurant that serves Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. A Key West, Florida, best bet!


Louie’s Back Yard

A romantic Key West dining spot overlooking the Ocean, Louie's serves stylish Caribbean food in a laid-back way. Don't miss: Key lime pie on gingersnap crust.


Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House

Pepe's boasts it is “the eldest eating house in the Florida Keys.” Its 3-meal-a-day menu ranges from fresh bread every morning to steak & oysters at dinner.


Blue Heaven

House motto: "Blue Heaven: you don’t have to die to get there." The outdoor terrace is a magical place for breakfast (or lunch or supper) on Key West.

Must Eats
Pork Tenderloin , Key Lime pie