My third, or possibly fourth, day on the road and I ultimately reached the Florida border. Coming from Savannah, Georgia, I produced my way down I-95 into Florida with small fanfare: my Google Maps app announcing “Welcome to Florida.” It was currently dark, but I was relieved. The final stretch of my I-95 road trip from NYC to Miami (give or take a couple of hundred miles).
When I initial announced I was going on this road trip—as a favor to my aunt who necessary her car or truck down south—just about everybody I knew warned me about Florida. “Florida is massive,” they’d say. I know, that, of course, but I’d type of forgotten. I’ve performed a single other Florida road rip about a decade ago. I drove from tip-to-tip, from Essential West all the way up iI-95 and then across the panhandle en route to New Orleans and, ultimately, Dallas.
I have a couple of distinct memories from that road trip—passing what seemed at the time, the Everglades, indistinct cities from the highway and a extended (quite extended) dark road. Pretty much the entirety of our road trip back then felt like it was in Florida, and that is what I was expecting this second time about.
And it type of was.
Soon after driving via Florida for D A Y S, right here are my ideas to take pleasure in your personal Florida road trip. The factors you will need to know to make the most out of driving via America’s penis.
FLORIDA ROAD TRIPS
All the factors you will need to know
1. Florida is fucking massive.
Google tells us that Florida is 65,700+ square miles with 20 million individuals. And we currently know that this state requires up a lot of space in our news—that Florida man is fucking everywhere
But here’s the issue: simply because Florida is a peninsula, and simply because (arguably) its very best bits are at the quite tip, it just requires F O R E V E R to get anyplace in the state.
Driving in Florida also appears to just take forever not just simply because of the distance necessary, but simply because of so so quite a few motives. Not all of them terrible, simply because truthfully, who does not enjoy a leisurely trip on the open road?
two. Florida’s roads are boring
Getting driven the vast majority of I-95 from New England to Florida, I can undoubtedly say that I-95 is its most boring in Florida. Basically place, there are just fewer rest stops, gas stations, and other amenities along the key artery.
For some purpose, soon after Savannah, there’s just not a great deal along the highway. It is a lot of trees and open spaces. That emptiness is not all terrible, even though. Of course, it signifies a bit much less congestion, but sadly that does not imply safer roads (see the subsequent a single).
three. Florida drivers are reckless
I hate to make generalizations but soon after practically 96 hours on the road and crossing 11 states along the way, the highway felt least secure when in Florida. The roads had been in fact fairly fantastic (there are key renovations becoming performed along I-95 to be completed this year), but the drivers—they had been awful.
I was reduce off consistently in the course of my most current 10-hour drive via Florida drivers would ride on my tail and cross across lanes to get ahead. It was frightening and uncomfortable and necessary some really serious alertness
four. Florida roads are flat
And smooth! Most of I-95 was remarkably nicely-maintained and even with building right here and there, it was all clearly marked and felt secure and comfy. The flat roads make it quick to move (in some cases as well fast—watch out for the highway patrol!).
five. Rest stops are fairly decent
Along the interstate highways and the Florida turnpike, rest stops and travel centers had been nicely-stocked and clean. For any individual traveling extended distances, these are genuinely valuable and significant, and Florida appears to preserve them fairly nicely. There had been indicators just about everywhere about nighttime safety at just about every rest cease, for greater or worse—a small bewildering how a great deal of a point they produced about it, but possibly that is an situation.
six. The SunPass is genuinely valuable
The Florida Turnpike runs the length of the state and when your route is what’s going to play a part in no matter whether you take it or not, it is a fairly valuable throughway for a great deal of the state. Obtaining a SunPass offers quick access to the Turnpike and it can be bought at Florida welcome centers along the state’s borders.
The SunPass is not important for accessing the Turnpike as you can also get tickets and spend money, but be warned that without the need of the SunPass, some turnpike exits are not accessible. I’m not genuinely positive why that is the case, but I did spot at least a single exit along the turnpike which was for SunPass customers only.
7. There will be targeted traffic
Oh my god will there be targeted traffic. I do not genuinely have an understanding of why simply because it is my understanding that most Floridians are pensioners, but rush hour exists in Florida and it is A N N O Y I N G. I know that is likely universal, but the targeted traffic about Fort Lauderdale and Miami was nerve-wracking. Fortunately the weather’s fantastic so sitting in the sun is not the worst issue.
eight. Pack sunscreen
Which brings us to a single of the most significant travel ideas for Florida: PACK SUNSCREEN! The sun is robust in Florida (duh—it’s the sunshine state!), but do not neglect to use it when driving, as well! Your car or truck windows will not defend you sufficient and the sun will burn. Be ready and retain a modest sunscreen spray in your car or truck if you are traveling Florida often.
Also: make positive to remain hydrated and drink lots of water when on a Florida road trip. You in no way know how terrible the traffic’s going to be, or how hot your car or truck could possibly get.
9. You will will need numerous pairs of sunglasses
Speaking of the sun, do not neglect your sunglasses! I do not know about you, but I often shed my sunglasses so in the course of my road trip, I kept an further air in the glove box, plus a single in my bag, and yet another that I wore. I somehow managed not to shed any of them in the course of this trip, but driving without the need of them would have been a nightmare.
10. Do not miss the sights!
Florida is fucking massive we currently talked about that. And as a single of America’s most touristic destinations, there’s lots to in fact cease and see. I consider?
Florida’s state parks are there to defend a lot of special wildlife, and the massive tourist cities like Orlando, Miami, and Essential West all have some cool factors to see. And of course there are the beaches! I stayed a evening in Daytona exactly where you can in fact drive on the beach (for a charge) which is type of exciting if you are into automobiles and do not thoughts sand everywhere. (Trust me: a week in Florida and there will be sand everywhere there’s practically nothing you can do about it.)
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I rant about Florida rather a bit but I’ve been going to the state consistently due to the fact I was a small kid. There’s generally some thing new to see or knowledge, and even when there is not, the sun & sand much more than make up for the annoying quirks of life in Florida. Now: if you will need me, I’ll be at the beach.