Top 5 Relaxing Motorcycle Rides Around Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sep 26, 2021

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a premier tourist destination for visitors across the world. Pristine seaside highways are perfect for relaxing cruisers on a street bike. Millionaire beach houses break up the Atlantic horizon. Beaches scattred with bronzed bodied clad people enjoying the nice weather. Fort Lauderdale is a paradise for virtually everyone—vacationers, sun-bathers, and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

But if sharing the not so twisted road with loads of bicycles, classic cars, and pedestrians isn’t your idea of a good time, don’t fret. The heart of Florida is tattooed with country back roads and dotted with farms, lakes, and orange groves open to adventurers. You can ride past the beaches one day, and settle down for an idyllic picnic in the countryside later. The motorcycle routes around Fort Lauderdale take you through both sides of Florida.

When visiting Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area, consider renting a motorcycle through Riders Share. They’re quick and convenient when it comes to picking the best ride for Florida’s backgrounds. Below are five motorcycle routes to add into your Florida itinerary.

1. Indian River Lagoon - Short Loop

One-day trip — 44 miles

The Indian River Lagoon - Short Loop offers the perfect balance of rural country road and open, relaxing highway. South Ocean Drive is 12 miles of pristine highway; once you get past a few luxurious beach-front homes, the road becomes ideal for letting go of your cares and cruising. If you’re interested in old cars and motorcycles, the Elliott Museum at the end of the beach run features an original 1929 Indian Motorcycle, among other classics.

This loop consists of two-lane roads with slight twists, turns, and curves, along with the occasional hill and dip. Seaway Drive is mostly level and smooth, but it will throw a few turns your way. From South Ocean Drive to Fort Pierce Beach and the St. Lucie power plant, you’ll be presented with a newly-paved road. 

South of the power plant sits an older road that’s best ridden in the center of the lane. You’ll return to straighter and smoother roads south of the roundabout. Indian River Drive is also newly-paved. Make sure you check the speed limits on each of the roads, and pay attention to drivers hauling boats. The west side of Indian River Drive is full of blind driveways and turn-outs, so watch out for cars pulling out onto the road.

This loop is full of amenities. The Jensen roundabout is home to many convenience stores and plenty of gas stations. Stop at Manatee Island Bar and Grill in Fort Pierce for lunch and cold drinks. Get an early-morning start with some coffee and breakfast at Angelina’s or Dave’s in Fort Pierce. 

Downtown Jensen is home to Crawdaddy’s; it’s a great place to get a bucket of crawdads and cajun-boiled peanuts. Even better, try out Archie’s Seabreeze in Fort Pierce for food, drink, and entertainment. Every Thursday night Fort Pierce closes down 2nd Street for the motorcyclists, so get ready for live music and plenty of fun if you’re around. On the return trip, Sewall’s Point, Jensen Beach, and Fort Pierce will supply you with all of your shopping needs.

2. Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach on A1A

One-day trip — 43 miles

With its smooth blacktop and long straightaways, the Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach on A1A motorcycle route will satisfy those riders looking to cruise.

This route cruises the wide-open Atlantic Ocean coast, impressive bridges and causeways, golden beach upon golden beach, and expensive beachside homes. In particular, the road between Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise Boulevard offers unobstructed beachside views. High-rises and beach houses are more common past that point.

This ride is ideal for pure relaxation. Almost all of this route’s roads are straight; a few curves here and there break things up. Road quality is second-to-none; at least half of the pavement is brand-new. The A1A is very popular with motorists and has low-speed limits, so expect some congestion. On average, expect this 40-mile route to take two hours one-way.

Don’t worry about food or gas on this one. Restaurants and gas stations are plentiful, though eateries are sparse in the Palm Beach County section past Deerfield Beach. There’s an immense amount of common spots for motorcycles. Beach access parking and oceanside parks are as common as grains of sand on a beach.

3. Venus Backroad

One-day trip — 22 miles

Get away from the gorgeous-but-congested coast for rural riding further inland. The Venus Backroad motorcycle route is one such opportunity. While this road might be difficult to locate, it’s worth the effort.

If you want to try out this short route, you’ll have to drive from the coast to the center of the state. Cattle ranches, farms, cows, and orange groves are typical of the Floridian interior. The end of the route will treat you to views of several lakes, including Lake Istokpoga (the largest), Lake June in Winter, Lake Huntley, Lake Placid, and Grassy Lake. The Platt Branch Wildlife and Environmental Area is a cool place to stop; it’s located at the beginning of the route, before the town of Venus, Florida.  

This route is pretty much the polar opposite of the super-popular seaside highways along Florida’s east coast—it’s twisty, curvy, and has absolutely no traffic whatsoever. You’ll find the pavement along this route in good condition, with some sections bearing evidence of recent re-pavement. The northerly section will take you over undulating hills, producing a mild roller coaster-like effect.

A name like “Venus Backroad” doesn’t exactly scream amenities. Fill your tank and stomach before leaving Fort Lauderdale.

4. North River Rd - Highway 78 Outside of Fort Myers

One-day trip — 42 miles

The North River Rd - Highway 78 Outside of Fort Myers trip gives riders a temporary pastoral paradise vibe as they travel through the less-developed portions of inner Florida.

This route is all open fields, tree-shaded roads, and tranquil cow pastures. Highway 78 sticks close to the Caloosahatchee River until LaBelle. Those inclined to carry their lunch with them are urged to stop at a scenic spot like Caloosahatchee Regional Park or the north side of W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam and settle down for a picnic. This ride to Fort Myers features some nice, sweeping curves and very little traffic. 

LaBelle, Florida is a good place to get off your motorcycle rental and enjoy lunch. It’s also the only place with a restaurant on this route. Otherwise, plan to pack a lunch.

5. Treeline Ave

One-day trip — five miles

There’s nothing shorter nor sweeter in the roster of Florida motorcycle roads than Treeline Ave. It’s a complete escape from people, parking lots, and traffic.

This tree-lined avenue runs alongside I-75. Don’t ride it for landmarks, buildings, or other vertical outcroppings—it’s designed purely for cruising along flat terrain, with plenty of curves along its northern portion. You’ll end up passing the Botanica Lakes and Pelican Reserve along the way.

The pavement is a few years old and in near-perfect condition. There are no places to fuel up or eat on this five-mile stretch of road. Try grabbing some grub and gas beforehand. Check out the cruiser dealership nearby if you fall in love with this style of riding.

If you’re going to stick to these kinds of routes on your next Fort Lauderdale adventure, consider renting a cruiser-style motorcycle, like a Harley-Davidson.

When renting motorcycles from fellow motorcycle owners, you’ll get good advice and equipment you can count on. Make new friends by making Riders Share a key part of your Sunshine State excursions.