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Hitchhiking down the Florida Keys is easy and you can always use the local buses to get all the way down to Key West. Hitching back up north proves more difficult. Good time to go is when Fantasy Fest is happening, a week-long street party in October, I found this celebration to be better than Mardi Gras!
== Law ==
316.130 Pedestrians; traffic regulations.—
The way this is worded makes hitchhiking laws completely open to interpretation. If an officer tells you not to hitchhike where you are hitchhiking it is probably best to move on.
=== Local Laws ===
In [[Monroe County]] (which comprises Key Largo, Marathon and [[Key West]] and everywhere in between) hitchhiking is illegal and the Monroe County Sheriff are pretty harsh on this.
The [[Monroe County]] law states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to stand or position himself upon any county, state or federal street, highway or road right-of-way lying within the unincorporated areas of the county, and hitchhike, solicit or attempt to solicit a ride from the driver of any vehicle.
=== Federal Districts ===
'''Note''': All land owned by the National Park service prohibits hitchhiking under the Code of Federal Regulations
Title 36 section 4.31: Hitchhiking or soliciting transportation is prohibited ''except in designated areas and under conditions established by the superintendent.''
*Gulf Islands National Seashore 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.
*Everglades National Park 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.
*Big Cypress National Preserve 4.31 has not been amended here, so hitchhiking is prohibited.
== Largest Cities ==
* [[Fort Lauderdale]]
* [[Tampa]]
This highway is great for finding traffic between Tampa and Atlanta. Police (with the exception of Gainesville area) are not too much of an issue if you're not too conspicuous and may even give you a ride. Ask in gas stations. If you speak some Spanish, Mexican immigrants are often friendly, more willing to take you, and drive further. Be careful not to get swept into 275 if you want to continue past Tampa. South of Tampa most traffic is going to Sarasota or Naples. It can be difficult to find your way north from here.
As our first part of our trip to across the southern states we started hitch hiking in [[Fort Myers]] FL. And we spent three days with no rides and with confusing information from the police. Our first ride was from a nice sheriff who told us he had been driving past us for the past two days and offered to drive us to the next truck stop up the road. A during this ride told us we were allowed to hitch on the interstate as long as we stayed on the grass we were not breaking the law. So we did that then 3 hours later the high way patrol showed up saying what we were doing was illegal and charged us with trespassing. Even though we told him we were dropped off there by a fellow officer he didn't care and if he found us on the interstate or even the on or off ramps again we would be charged and arrested. Though on the positive side the truck stop we stayed at were full of generous people we were given 20 bucks from one nice guy and 13 from another and 2 pre dried packaged meals and a place to sleep for the night for free in the lounge area of the truck stop! So thanks a bunch to the staff there and to the first sheriff who gave us a lift. Hopefully more luck for others on the ride aspect.
At truck stops, most of the truckers I talked to said they couldn't give me a ride because of company policy (something I hadn't encountered in other states). Regular drivers were friendly enough and I got a ride from Tallahassee to Jacksonville pretty quickly. As in other states, drivers told me that they only gave me a ride because I was a young woman traveling alone. -Liz, December 2017
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