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Old 09-28-2015, 09:39 AM   #15
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Ditto on getting on the turnpike at Ft. Pierce. We have a sunpass, but we go every winter. Might not be worth the hassle for just a single trip. Good place to stop is Larry and Penny Thompson county park. Good rates and full hookups, just no cable. Have a great trip.
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If you loop around to the East in Jacksonville, I hope you like heights! One heck of a bridge at one point. Bout XXXXXXX myself driving a gas motor home over it. I think the west route is "more calming." LOL!
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That bridge is scary. Especially when you're sitting 7 feet above the road and looking right over the railing.
If taking I95, I get off at Jupiter (exit 87B). The turnpike is right next to i95 there.
If you have an EasyPass transponder it will work for the tolls. My NCQuickPass works fine down there.
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:50 AM   #18
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EZPASS does not work in FL. They use the Sun Pass which is a different system.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:48 PM   #19
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Thanks guys!
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I went to the Key's in April this year. I took I-95 to Fort Pierce and then the Florida Turnpike the rest of the way. Traffic at that time was moving along. No real issues except around Jacksonville. I purchased the portable Sun Pass transponder (in case I want to put in the toad) via the mail and then using the toll calculator tool on the Sun Pass website loaded it with enough for the trip. The Transponder cost $19.99 and I saved over $13.00 using it so I figure it was a cheap cost for convenience.
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I am sure this is definitely late but, better late than never.

As someone who makes the trip from Jacksonville to Key West (staying in BlueWater Key on more than a handful of occasions) twice a year, there are but two options.
1. and by far the most popular: is the turnpike which everyone seems to have gone into great detail describing so I won;t bore you with it.
2. I-95 to US1 straight through. Now, everyone will discourage you from this but it is a sure fire case of "timing is everything" I leave jax @ 10pm and drive straight through to homestead passing through the gauntlet of us1 around 3am. As a night owl this works for me. I then pull into the walmart in homestead and get a solid nights rest and start down through FL city in the morning taking in all of the spectacular views. The other benefit is the sun is to our back the whole way down which means we get a better vantage point of seeing everything without being blinded by the sun coming off the water.
It's the absolute best way if it's your first time and you are absolutely going to love BlueWater Key. It is by far the most gorgeous and well run CG I have ever been too and the guests are downright awesome and social.
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I am sure this is definitely late but, better late than never.

As someone who makes the trip from Jacksonville to Key West (staying in BlueWater Key on more than a handful of occasions) twice a year, there are but two options.
1. and by far the most popular: is the turnpike which everyone seems to have gone into great detail describing so I won;t bore you with it.
2. I-95 to US1 straight through. Now, everyone will discourage you from this but it is a sure fire case of "timing is everything" I leave jax @ 10pm and drive straight through to homestead passing through the gauntlet of us1 around 3am. As a night owl this works for me. I then pull into the walmart in homestead and get a solid nights rest and start down through FL city in the morning taking in all of the spectacular views. The other benefit is the sun is to our back the whole way down which means we get a better vantage point of seeing everything without being blinded by the sun coming off the water.
It's the absolute best way if it's your first time and you are absolutely going to love BlueWater Key. It is by far the most gorgeous and well run CG I have ever been too and the guests are downright awesome and social.
Thanks! Definitely not too late with this advice. We will be heading that way around Dec 1. Really appreciate the input.
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Just remember that in order to stop and rest, you MUST do it in Homestead. Monroe county does not allow overnight parking anywhere.
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Just remember that in order to stop and rest, you MUST do it in Homestead. Monroe county does not allow overnight parking anywhere.

The Walmart in Homestead has no parking signs up. They seem to blow hot & cold about enforcement. I like overnighting at the casino at the intersection of US41 and state 997.


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95 to the Sawgrass expressway (about Boca Raton)
take the Sawgrass to the Turnpike
Turnpike ends at Florida City, the start of the Keys
Take US1 to your destination

Everglades National Park-with a Campground is at Florida City. You really need to spend a night there-reservations on-line- BIG Alligators next to the walkway.

Stop at "Robert is Here" Fruit stand (at the turn to the Park) at least get a Lime/strawberry milkshake (usually line waiting) Best fruit & veggies anywhere.

95 a little crowded in Palm Beach County-but so is turnpike- but RVers have an advantage-everybody is afraid of us-

My parents started taking me down in 1955, on 2 lane US1-I still drive down & back twice a year-it is to be embraced & enjoyed-parts of it are breathtaking, all of it is interesting. Pay attention to the change of foliage-it is amazing!
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I was just watching this person's videos from last spring, it seems like she was able to overnight at the Walmart near the Homestead Air Base. Apparently the Walmart that's right at the end of the turnpike doesn't allow overnights, but they told her that the Home Depot next door does, so she spent a night there. Of course, check ahead before counting on anything. It's at the end of this video and the beginning of the next one.

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Just a followup to say thanks to all who responded. That was a great route. Just got to Bluewater Key yesterday. We took I-95 Georgia, then Loop 295 around the east side of Jacksonville (bridge was beautiful), and then spent the night in Ft. Pierce at Treasure Coast RV Resort (a great place to spend the night - good RV park and very convenient). Then we departed Ft Pierce around 7:30 am, hopped on the turnpike all the way to Florida City where we picked up Highway 1. Perfect route, though there was a good deal of traffic (moving well, though). Once again, many thanks!
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kmghmg. My wife and i will be traveling to Bluewater in sept 2016. please send info amd pics please.
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