Cruisin’ down the A1A Scenic Byway

Experience one of the most scenic routes in Florida along the A1A Scenic Byway, riding by its pristine beaches, iconic towns and historic lighthouses

“There ain’t no time like the present they say. Let’s cruise all the way down A1A, Put the top down and catch a few rays”…Sang Kenny Chesney, an American country music singer. 

There really is no time like the present to cruise down Florida’s A1A and there’s no feeling quite like riding the scenic byway.

The full A1A spans approximately 339 miles from the southernmost point in Key West to the northernmost point in Fernandina Beach. The mostly two-lane roadway navigates nature’s beauty, history and serenity. And, hugging the Atlantic Coast, you’ll feel like you’re floating (or riding!) on water, as the scent of beachy salt water hits your nose.  

Laid-back charm

Lea Rieck, also known as ‘Got2Go’ is a journalist, author and adventurer. Originally born in Munich, Lea left her everyday routine in 2017 and circumnavigated the world in 18 months with her motorcycle (you can follow her journey on YouTube). She has explored the east coast of Florida on her Yamaha Ténéré 700, including the AIA Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway.

Lea said, “The A1A is famous worldwide as a center of beach culture. It’s a scenic coastal route with an extravagant character and laid-back charm. I was super stoked after riding the east coast of Florida. I initially assumed that it might be like trails on the West Coast such as Ozello Trail and Casey Key, which I’d already visited. But I think the east coast is very different, and part of that is due to this fantastic road, the A1A.

Riding along the A1A allows you to experience the natural beauty of the coastline, with its pristine white sandy beaches, crashing waves, and scenic dunes. Due to its well-maintained roads, smooth pavement, gentle curves, and scenic stretches, the A1A is a popular route with motorcyclists. They uniformly report that it’s perfect for enjoying the freedom and thrill of motorcycle riding. Additionally, there are designated motorcycle-friendly stops and businesses along the way that cater to all riders’ needs.

Not only does the A1A allow you to experience coastal beauty like no other, but it’s also dotted with iconic landmarks and attractions that add to its allure. Here are some highlights to stop off by:

Iconic Landmarks & Attractions

  • Fascinating St. Augustine – Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest city, known for its Spanish colonial architecture and rich history.  
  • Daytona International Speedway – This race track is home to the Daytona 500, a famous 500-mile-long NASCAR Cup Series motor race.
  • Miami – One of the world’s most popular vacation spots, Miami is known for its strong Cuban Influence, warm weather, pristine beaches, and great diving sites. 
  • Vibrant beach towns – The A1A Scenic Byway takes you through vibrant beach towns, such as Vero Beach and Daytona Beach. From laid-back surf towns to upscale coastal communities, these towns offer a range of dining, shopping, and entertainment options, and each has its own charm and character. There are also many opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, surfing, and beachcombing.
  • State parks – Along A1A, you’ll also discover beautiful state parks such as Anastasia State Park and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, which offer the opportunity to take a break and enjoy a picnic in the outdoors or explore some hiking trails.
  • Historic lighthouses – Did you know that Florida is home to a 130-year-old lighthouse, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse? This lighthouse is also the tallest in Florida and the third tallest in the entire US! The A1A Scenic Byway is home to several historic lighthouses that are worth exploring, including Ponce de Leon Inlet, St. Augustine Lighthouse, and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. You’ll not only be treated to panoramic views of the coastline but also learn about Florida’s interesting maritime history. 

Freedom, excitement and magic

Riding the A1A Scenic Byway on a motorcycle allows you to soak up the beauty of the coast. But beyond the scenic beauty, the A1A has so many incredible historic sites, state parks and activities that you can take several days to explore. It’s an opportunity to embrace the laid-back beach culture, soak in the ocean views, and enjoy the freedom of the open road along Florida’s stunning Atlantic Coast.

“You can ride along the coast all the way. You are always very close to the water, and it’s absolutely stunning. It’s no surprise that Florida has some of the best beaches in the US. Including one that you can even drive on with your vehicle (Daytona Beach). There are not only beaches to explore, but places like Daytona, the historical city of St. Augustine, or the famous Amelia Island.”

As Lea Rieck said, “When I took off from Miami to explore the A1A, I felt the freedom, excitement and magic that each new journey comes with.”

Tips: You can rent a bike from Explorify Motorcycle Rentals Orlando