Best Biking Route Around Key West (in our opinion)
The Key West Perimeter Route is the best bike route around Key West. It’s 7-miles long and will take approximately one hour to complete if you don’t stop along the way. Of course, what’s the fun of that?
The route starts at the West Martello Tower, one of the old forts on the island used as gunnery practice and has since been turned into a botanical garden. This is a loop trail, so in actuality, you can start anywhere along the way. From West Martello, you continue down Atlantic Blvd until you hit Bertha St. at the Southernmost Hockey Club (roller hockey, but it counts). The route jogs right for a block until you reach Smathers Beach.
Smathers Beach is the best trail on Key West. You bike along the boardwalk for about a mile with fantastic ocean views until you reach Cow Key Channel. Along the way, you’ll pass Fort East Martello, home of the world’s most terrifying and haunted doll – Robert the Doll. As you travel along the channel, your view changes from ocean to mangroves and then a residential neighborhood.
Once you cross Highway one, the Poinciana Plaza and New Town retail districts of Key West is on your left, and a salt marsh in on your right. You continue alongside Roosevelt Blvd until you reach the Key West Historic District. There’s really no wrong way through the Historic District. For convenience’s sake, the route shows a connector along White St. to close the loop back at West Martello.