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3 Great Bicycle Routes to Get a Feel for Key West

3 Great Bicycle Routes to Get a Feel for Key West

April 29th, 2019 | Activities

A bicycle is a great way to be mobile around Key West. Wide sidewalks, lazy neighborhoods and bike lanes connect the relatively small island with ease. They're so handy that The Gates Hotel Key West offers guests access to rent beach cruisers.

Eager to go for a spin but you’re not sure where to? Here are routes for Old Town, Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor.

Historic Old Town Circuit

Some highlights of this 3-mile loop around Old Town include the Hemingway House, Key West Lighthouse, Mile Marker 0, the Southernmost Point buoy, the old cemetery, neighborhoods with Conch architecture, and the list goes on.

From Sloppy Joe’s Bar, head west toward Whitehead Street – you’ll follow this south and pass plenty of popular attractions until you reach the buoy. Stop for a photo, then head over and up to the cemetery. Check out unusual headstones (which you can read about here). See route map

Open Horizon at Smathers Beach

This ride doesn’t offer much shade, so it’s best for a morning ride. From The Gates Hotel Key West, head Southeast on Roosevelt Boulevard toward Smathers Beach using the sidewalk that runs along the water’s edge. You’ll pass the Fort East Martello Museum as you make your way to Key West’s sandy beach. Park it and enjoy some time in the water, or head further west until you’ve reached Higgs Beach and the pier. See route map

Nature Ride at Fort Zachary Taylor

Discover a Civil War-era fort, iguanas and awesome ocean views during this moderate ride that begins in Old Town.

From Mallory Square, head south on Duval or Whitehead streets  to make it toward the western-most part of the island. You’ll take a right at Petronia Street to get to the entrance of the park. There is a $2.50 fee for biker entrance, so bring cash. Note: From Mallory Square to the entrance of the park is roughly 1.5 miles. It's another mile or so until you reach the park.
Lock up your bike and take a tour of the historic fort. Then, cool off with a dip in the bright Caribbean waters! See route map


If you’re thinking about a visit to Key West, don’t delay! It’s always summer in the Conch Republic. The Gates Hotel is a Condè Nast award-winning hotel located in New Town, which offers free hourly shuttle service to Old Town. Exciting onsite amenities – like a food truck, cigar lounge, and a spectacular swimming pool – puts The Gates in its own special category. Check out our special offers online.