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Old 02-22-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Going to Key West, how are the tolls?

Heading to the keys and was just curious about the road there we will be headed down 95 so i was just curious about the road an tolls ! we will be towing also ! what r the costs ? and should one get a sunpass or not ? obviously we don't go there that much but i figured ill ask for those that frequent the key west ! plse any info will be great ! thanks in advance !
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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Tolls are on the Florida Turnpike, not I-95. But if you have a choice get a sunpass and take the Turnpike, much less confusion and traffic than 95. Tolls are based on your number of axles, you can use their calculator HERE
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The really bad thing about tolls on the turnpike is that when you get way down South, it seems you are stopping every few miles to pay up.

I would just stay on I-95 and don't worry about it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:56 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=fxdave;795874]Heading to the keys and was just curious about the road there we will be headed down 95 so i was just curious about the road an tolls ! we will be towing also ! what r the costs ? and should one get a sunpass or not ? obviously we don't go there that much but i figured ill ask for those that frequent the key west ! plse any info will be great ! t
fxdave: --No toll on I95..It will take you thru Miami (Lots of traffic) right into US1.
when you get to Florida City you will travel using the famous mile markers.
(little green signs) From Florida City to key West (MM1)is a little over 130 miles.

my advise
weekends is the worst time to go the Keys..The Dade and Broward (counties) and people from Little Havana literley take over the hot spots.

I lived in the keys a little over 12 years, US1 gets pretty hectic. 44 bridges some short some long like the 7 mile bridge south of Marathon..
key Largo (1st Key) is not bad because it is 2 lane divided and same for Marathon but most is single lane and please observe the speed limit, the Monroe County deputies are watching
Keys is a wonderful place to visit especially Old Town Key West and the sites on Duvall St.in the heart of KW. check out Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe on Duval St.
great seafood and Rumrunners at the Tiki Bars is a must
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Heading to the keys and was just curious about the road there we will be headed down 95 so i was just curious about the road an tolls ! we will be towing also ! what r the costs ? and should one get a sunpass or not ? obviously we don't go there that much but i figured ill ask for those that frequent the key west ! plse any info will be great ! thanks in advance !
I 95 dumps you out on US 1 then you need to contend with all the local (cuban) road rage all the way thru Homestead and Florida City. You do not want to do that. Ft Pierce or Palm Beach Gardens exit off I 95 to the turn pike. If you can get one of the stick on Sun Passes do it. 25 % off regular toll. Sets you right at the beginning of the 18 mile stretch into the Keys. As another posted. DO the speed limit.
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Hi fxdave,
Consider taking the Turnpike. Get a Sunpass and there is no stopping for tolls, once you get to Broward (Ft. Lauderdale) county. The Turnpike ends right at Rt 1 and you are almost immediately leaving the main land and on the Keys.

Leave your mainland attitude on the Turnpike. Averaging 45 MPH, if you are lucky. Just get in line and enjoy the ride. Watch the mile markers and know when your CG is close. Nothing like going by it and then having to turn around.

I'm going to try to get down there in March or April. As usual, a local doesn't get to see the sights like the tourists do.
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Gary where would you get on the turn pike at i just traded mt sunpass transpondrer for a mini ill be headin thru sat or sun has any body stayed here ? Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina Big Pine Key, Florida its like 480 for the week ! any body got any other deals ? thanks
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Throwing my two cents in for whatit's worth. I've made hundreds of trips on the I-95 to Turnpike route and lived in Broward County and patroled further South on US1 into KW for years. I recommend getting off I-95 at Ft Pierce and transfer to the Turnpike from there all the way South. This takes you out of most of the heavy traffic for Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade Countys and as noted above dumps you right at the end unto US1 into the keys. HOWEVER, I'd make one further recommendation based on a trip in Novemeber, the upper keys US 1 section (between Homestead and Key Largo) is undergoing road construction. You can bypass this by using the Card Sound Road turnoff (2nd stop light after the end of the Turnpike). It will add a few miles, but it's worth the effort to avoid the traffic. I also would get the transponder for the trip.

You may also hear of two additional routes (far off the beaten track) to avoid Dade County traffic altogether, using 869 to US 27 to Krome Ave. If you need specific directions let me know and I'll post them. This route is slowest by far, but has the advantage of being "out West" of the counties and not too crowded.

And, last, Big Pine Key is worth the time no matter where you stay. Ask around for how to get to the "lost bar" and enjoy the time with the locals!
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mack hit me up bro where is the lost bar ? what is wrong with big pine key ? plse fill me in also the directions would be great thanks
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mack hit me up bro where is the lost bar ? what is wrong with big pine key ? plse fill me in also the directions would be great thanks

Seriously, the "lost bar' (as the locals call it) is off of Key Deer Blvd but I don't recall the exact directions. If you ask anyone they should be able to direct you to it...it's North of the Fire Dept and behind the Publix - beyond that I'm no help at all. It's famous for it's walls decorated with dollar bills, good cheap food, cold beer, and all the friendly folks.

As for the directions. (using Map Quest look up "Coral Springs, Florida" and magnify from there)

As you're coming South on the Florida Turnpike in Northern Broward County you'll see an exit for SR 869 (SawGrass Expressway) (Exit 70 something?) which goes West then veers South. Take that until it intersects with IH 595 / IH-75 exit which you would take West (bear with me this will make sense in a minute), go West to US 27 South exit. Travel South on 27 for several miles to the intersection for SR 997 (Krome Ave) which veers off to the right. Krome Ave / SR 997 goes South through west Dade County and dead ends in Homestead / Florida City on US 1. Everything else is smooth from there. I like that route because it borders the Everglades, is less traveled, and gets me away from the IH traffic. And there are NO tolls once you get past the Sawgrass Expressway.

As for Big Pine Key, it's one of my favorite places in the Keys and my old LEO partner has a house down there that I try to con her out of for at least one long weekend per year....so nothing negative to say about it at all.

Hope that helps!
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Recently we took 27 to 997 to 1, no traffic, stayed overnight at the Indian Casino at intersection of 997 and 41. We stayed at Sunshine Key Encore on Big Pine Island. Tight sites, friendly snowbirds, warm pool, lots to do. You will be 38 miles from Key West. We drove in several days and stayed in one of the $10 a day parking lots near Duval Square. Write down which one you are in, don't ask how I know. The fish baskets at Red Fish, Blue Fish are huge. Biaha Honda state park is on Big Pine and has nice beaches. I think the day pass was $7. You can walk out on the old bridge to see the sunset. The No Name Pub isn't hard to find , it's in the POI if you have a Garmin. Good Luck
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You don't actually need a SunPass, and if you are an infrequent visitor, it might not be worth your money to get a SunPass transponder. Here's why. As of last week, there are no toll collectors and no cash tolls collected on the Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension (Miramar to Homestead). The Turnpike now collects tolls via SunPass or Toll by Plate. If you do not have a SunPass, cameras on overhead gantries will photograph your license plate, and you will receive a bill for the tolls due about two weeks later. The system works will all states and Mexican and Canadian plates as well. You get a discount for SunPass. If you use Toll By Plate a service fee will be added to the monthly bill.

Click on the link for Florida's Turnpike
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There is a new Sun Pass,called a "minnie" it is $4.99 and you get a $4.99 credit when you regester it. it sticks to your windshield..
The Turnpike in south Florida is going to be Sunpass only soon, no coin.

I went from Wildwood to Miami a few weeks ago. Sun Pass rocks!!!!
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we just drove north from homestead to lake ochachobee i agree 27 to krome is the way to go.trafic allways stoped at airport & construction little bit south.sunpass yes.just a little info last wallmart forida city and far parking lot grass u can spend the night.than marathon last publix,winndixe & homedepot we stayed there last month and loved it.fuel get it in fl city prices go up as u go down.if you wan't fresh see food i think its call fishermans market in key largo.have fun
safe travels bob,linda & missy
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