Friday, April 11, 2014

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-95 in Florida

During its travel of 1920 miles, Interstate 95 connects the major cities along the eastern seaboard of the United States. Its journey takes I-95 through 15 states and the District of Columbia before the highway ends in Miami, Florida. Drivers who look at this highway on the map will notice it parallels the coast except for a noticeable bump. The section of I-95 that runs through St. Lucie and Martin counties travels out to the west of the Florida Turnpike. Some people get off I-95 in Fort Pierce and get on the Turnpike until Hobe Sound where they rejoin the interstate so they can have a straighter route.

I have driven every mile of this highway in Florida. Interstate 95 travels 382 miles linking the cities of Yulee, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Vero Beach Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami and Coral Gables. Special care should be taken to avoid major cities like Miami and Jacksonville during rush hour. However, at any time, the traffic is heavy on this road, so plan according. In 2010 Interstate 95 in Florida had more fatalities than any other section of interstate. Drivers should always use caution on this highway.

Little Talbot Island State Park
Little Talbot Island State Park (Photo credit: 9Blu)
Many attractions are along this interstate. Little Talbot Island, the Atlantic Ocean, Daytona International Speedway, Canaveral National Seashore, John F. Kennedy Space Center, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Flagler Museum, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, the Florida Keys, John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park and Lake Okeechobee. Florida is a tourist state and these a just a few of the many places of interest in this state.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I love Little Talbot Island. It is one of my favorite places. It is a state park, so no hotels or restaurants are on the beach. A small admission fee is charged and bikes can be rented to ride along the beach.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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