I am driving down to Key West from Orlando the first week of October to have a R&R day in the Keys.
My google map calc puts me at around 7/8 hours each way along the coasts.
-ride along the coastal highways & enjoy some road eats/quaint little towns
-stop for a couple hours in Miami to ogle the scene
-be able to enjoy a few bars in Key West/sand in toes all day Saturday
-scenic route during sunrise returning back to Orlando
-mainly I am unfamiliar outside of Orlando of all the roads & scenery. Need lots of advice and pointers about roadtrips in Florida!
-I need suggestions for towns for brief stops on the East coast of Florida (3 will do it, but the downside is I don't eat seafood. Upside is I love southern home kitchen fare)
-I have no idea how long and what to expect for traffic from Miami to Key West on a Friday evening (5-6pm). I want to pinpoint a good time to leave out of Orlando on Friday AM.
-I have my flight out on Sunday at 6:30pm, I plan to get back to Orlando at least by 3pm. I am only planning on stopping once midway there for potentially an hour or two.
-I need to avoid large traffic delays on the way back along the West coast of Florida and need shortcut route advice if necessary for backups.
-I am planning on leaving the Keys Sunday at 5am to approach Orlando before 3pm. Am I anywhere target with this time?
-What is to be expected for gas prices? Are there Costco gas stations?
Other general advice for this roadtrip?