Best Miami Motorcycle Riding Trips

Jun 7, 2021


Man riding through Miami on a rented Indian Motorcycle.

Florida is one of the most popular states for bikers in the nation. Between these amazing motorcycle rides in Florida to the motorcycle events happening in Miami and Daytona Beach every year, there is never a dull moment to be riding in Florida. 

With that said, let’s discuss five fun motorcycle rides around Miami, ranging from morning day-trips to week-long excursions. 

One-Day Trip — Naples via the Tamiami Trail (100 miles both ways)

If you only have a day to spare, head west on US-41 through the Everglades to Naples. This stretch of highway is part of the Tamiami Trail that connects Miami and Tampa. You’re pretty much guaranteed to see some alligators and other exotic wildlife on this scenic ride. Start your trip with a motorcycle rental in Miami and make your way down the highway, stopping at Shark Valley to see huge alligators in their natural habitat–don’t get too close though!

This route also passes through the Miccosukee Indian Village. Here you can get a bite to eat or experience the thrill of an airboat tour. Consider stopping off at Big Cypress National Preserve, where you can safely get up close and personal with the alligators.

Hang out in Naples for a while for the Naples Pier and Naples Botanical Garden before heading back to Miami and experiencing the world-famous nightlife. We recommend the Ball & Chain and Blue Martini Brickell.

Three-Day Trip — Key Largo and Key West (330 miles)

Serious riders aspire to ride the Overseas Highway trip from Miami to Key Largo. It covers the sun-drenched Gulf of Mexico. This is what you’ll do on your first day, taking a break every once in a while to take in the breathtaking views. A quick option: check out the African Queen steamboat.

You’ll cover 42 bridges on this trip, some of them over seven miles long. Later on, you’ll arrive in iconic Key West. Key West has a bohemian feel and offers tasty Caribbean-influenced cuisine served by quirky cafes and al-fresco restaurants.

On your final day, head back to Miami, stopping off at Key Largo and Florida City.

Four-Day Trip — Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Lake Wales (4 days, 500 miles)

Palm Beach is 72 miles north of Miami, past Fort Lauderdale. On your first day, you’ll be beach-spotting: Miami Beach, Las Olas Blvd at Fort Lauderdale Beach, and the beach at Delray. Boca Raton is another popular stop. Take your time soaking in the sun, and arrive in Palm Beach later in the evening.

On Day 2, ride west toward Lake Okeechobee, the second largest lake in the U.S. This ride takes you through the back roads passing farms and small towns along the way. Stay the night at Fort Myers and visit the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

For the third day, continue on the backroads and travel north through Central Florida. Pass Arcadia, Zolfo Springs, and Bok Tower, one of the highest points in Florida. Once you reach Lake Wales, you can go horseback riding, take an airboat ride, or just relax.

On the final day, you’ll head back down the east side of Lake Okeechobee via Florida’s scenic back roads, occasionally glimpsing the odd alligator on your way.

Seven-Day — Fort Myers, Ocala, Saint Augustine, and Daytona Beach

(10 days, 700 miles)

This trip takes you north past all the Gulf of Mexico beaches on the west coast and to the oldest European settlements. Then you’ll loop around the Atlantic Coast and back down to Miami.

On Day 1, follow the route to Naples via the Everglades (see above). For the second day, you’ll ride to Fort Myers (see above). On Day 3, head north via Weeki Wachee (great mermaid shows!) to Ocala, where you’ll find racehorse studs and the Appleton Museum of Art.

Day 4 sees you ride to our most northerly part of the trip at Saint Augustine, home of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Continue to Daytona Beach on the fifth day, where you can visit the world’s largest motorcycle dealership and Daytona International Speedway. Depending on the time of year, the venue hosts two-and-four wheel racing. 

On Day 6, you’ll be hopping from Daytona Beach to Palm Beach, stopping off at Kennedy Space Center on the way. From Palm Beach on day seven, head back to Miami as outlined above.