The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida, from Key Largo to Key West between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. A single road, Rt. 1, connects some 800 islands. Our guide to running in the Florida Keys and Key West features some unique and spectacular waterside running.
The signature route in the Keys is the paved 106 mile Overseas Heritage Trail, running on the former Flagler railroad track. We have a detailed description and route map of the best sections for running the OHT. Charming and fun Key West has some great running, including several miles along the water, and a fun ‘running tour’ of Old Town and some of the side streets. Other running highlights in the keys are several options in Key Largo, near Marathon, and Bahia Honda State Park. Note that although there are beaches in the Keys, they aren’t long and don’t feature good sand for running. Also, the open views to the west allow for some fantastic sunset running.
You will need a car in the keys, although buses do run along Rt.1. Also, be aware of the weather, which can be hot and windy.