BubbaFest Florida Keys

BubbaFest–Florida Keys  November 3–10, 2018

New format for 2018.  See details below

Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers is the proud recipient of Florida Bicycle Association Bicycle Business of the year for 2016 in recognition for efforts and achievements which shape the vision for Florida to be a state where bicycling is safe, respected and encouraged as a means of transportation and recreation.

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It’s not just a bike tour, it’s a Keys Experience

Long before Rum Runners were cooling off thirsty tourists in the Keys, pirates thirsting for other treasure sailed the coastal waters.

The Florida Keys are known for their laid-back vibe with an emphasis on fun, and BubbaFest, the annual week-long bicycle tour of the Keys, fits right in.

The scenery is incredible, and the short riding days provide plenty of time to sample the varied cuisine, dip a toe or more into the turquoise water, swim with dolphins or kayak a secluded shoreline.

Most of the bicycling is on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Bike Trail, separate from cars but never far from the action – stunning ocean vistas sometimes populated with glimpses of dolphins, sharks, turtles, manatees, egrets, herons and the ubiquitous, oddly shaped brown pelicans.

Florida Keys Bike Tour

The sounds of live music, clinking glasses and laughter spill out the open doors of countless Duval Street bars, hinting at the good times to be had inside. Mallory Square hosts the biggest nightly sunset party in the Keys, a multi-ring circus of flame jugglers, tightrope-walking dogs, Houdini-like escape artists and more, all vying for your attention with a steady comedic patter.

The Keys were discovered and charted in 1513 by Spaniard Ponce de Leon, best known for his search for the Fountain of Youth. De Leon thought the Fountain was never found, but he was wrong – it’s everywhere in the Keys, a destination that will have you peeling off the years like so many layers of unnecessary clothing.

The Spanish wrecked many a ship on the reefs looking for gold, those wrecks ultimately becoming treasure for scuba divers and marine life. The Spanish called these chains of islands “keys,” from the Spanish word “cayos,” which means “small islands.”

Florida became U.S. territory in 1812, with settlers first arriving in Key West in 1822. Pirates still prowled the waters then, so the Navy established a special fleet tasked with controlling the buccaneers. Early residents found rich fishing grounds and some even grew rich salvaging shipwrecks.

When early entrepreneur Henry Flagler decided to run a railroad the length of the Keys, it got the islands on track and chugging toward the future. Enamored of south Florida and its potential, Flagler started work on the 156-mile Over-Sea Railroad in 1905. The last section was laid in 1912 and Flagler, one of the original partners in Standard Oil and a hotel magnate, spent a week celebrating the completion with Key West locals.

To visitors, it appears the celebration never stopped. Key West remains a magical place of spectacular sunsets and unparalleled nightlife. The same is true for all the other islands.

Camping on a bike tour of Florida Keys

Legend has it that early BubbaFesters used to travel the Keys in search of the best Key lime pie, asking the locals for recommendations and rating each pie on a scale of one to five based on flavor, crust, texture and presentation. The results were recorded in a Key lime-colored notebook to serve as a guide to future flavor-fests. While the location of this book is as closely guarded as pirate’s treasure, and worth its weight in gold, you can start your own list.

Florida Keys Biking TourNew format for BubbaFest Florida Keys 2018 will include two nights hotel lodging on Marathon Key and four nights Resort Camping in Key West (Stock Island) with full PAMPERING service.  Yes, everyone registering for BubbaFest–Florida Keys 2018 will be PAMPERED.  Hey, its your vacation let us PAMPER you!
Just think, Mid-November in the Florida Keys. That alone should be enough but there is plenty more.

Manageable Mileage With Daily Mileage Options

  • Day One: 46.1 Miles with a 27.7 Mile Option
  • Day Two: 48 Miles with a 26 Mile Option
  • Days Three-Four-Five non-riding days however unsupported riding options are available
  • Day Six: 48 Miles with a 23.9 and a 35.2 Mile Option
  • Day Seven:  46.1 with a 28.7 Mile Option
  • Can you say FLAT?  If you want to climb all day, this event is not for you. If you want flat ground which will allow you the most magnificent view daily of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, this event is for you.
  • If you want to just ride all day long with nothing to do, this is not the event for you. If you want to have fun with plenty of other activities,  this event is for you.
  • If you hate beautiful scenery, this event is not for you. If you want to see some of the most beautiful scenery of any biking event, this event is for you.
  • If you hate to camp next to the ocean, this event is not for you. If you want to enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets like only the Florida Keys can provide and enjoy them from your ocean view resort camp, this event is for you.
  • bubba5If you enjoy sub-par meals, this event is not for you. If you want great meals, some ocean side with a wonderful sunset in the background, this event is for you.
  • If you like being one of a thousand standing in long lines, this event is not for you. If you like smaller more intimate events where you get a chance to meet others without standing in the same line, this event is for you

BubbaFest—Florida Keys is really more a vacation than a normal bike tour.   The Florida Keys are beautiful and offer a variety of non-biking activities.  Swim with the dolphins.  Snorkel. Dive.  Key Deer. Deep Sea Fishing.  Museums.  Conch Fritters. Key Lime Pie.

The Seven Mile Bridge just might be the most beautiful seven miles you have ever biked.

bubba7Starting with a Cuban Pig Roast poolside at the welcome reception to the gala farewell dinner dance, you will enjoy the best food of any bike tour.  Seven breakfasts and six dinners are included in the registration fee.

BubbaFest has the friendliest SAG drivers you will find.  This is a bicycle tour and everyone is encouraged to ride.  That said, if for any reason after getting started you feel you cannot continue just flag down one of the SAG vehicles and hop in.  No questions asked.  After all, this is your vacation.  Unless there is a medical condition all riders are encouraged and expected to start the day on their bicycle.

A traveling bike mechanic will ease your worries about any bike problems while a traveling licensed massage therapist will ease any worries about your body.  Believe me, a beach side massage with a gentle sea breeze blowing is hard to beat.

Bicycle rental is available through the Backcountry Cowboy Outifitters.  Contact them directly for details. 305.517.4177

Remember, this is the perfect event for the non-rider as well.  So, bring that special non-riding person along so the both of you can enjoy this vacation.  There is plenty for them to do along the way while you are riding.

BubbaFest—Florida Keys fills yearly so do not delay in registering.  A wait/wish list will be maintained once the event is fully booked.

Come and see for yourself what Bubba means when he says….”It’s ALL Good”!

Other information:

Flat resistance: You should consider installing flat resistant tires on your bike such as Continental Gatorskins, Schwalbe Marathions, Specialized or Armadillos.  Your trusted local bike shop may have another brand of flat resistant tires.  Also consider bringing additional Thorn-resistant tubes with you. All riders should come with the willingness, knowledge, equipment and ability to change a flat tire


  • $1210 per person double occupancy (two sharing the same room and same tent)
  • $1630 per person single occupancy (not sharing a room or tent)

Meals included

  • Welcome Dinner Saturday November 3
  • Breakfast Sunday November 4 if you are staying at one of the host hotels
  • Dinner Sunday
  • Breakfast Monday
  • Dinner Monday
  • Breakfast Tuesday
  • Dinner Tuesday
  • Breakfast Wednesday
  • Breakfast Thursday
  • Dinner Thursday
  • Breakfast Friday
  • Farewell dinner Friday
  • Breakfast Saturday
  • Note: Dinner Wednesday will be on your own to sample one of the many great eateries of Key West

bubba6What is included?

  • Two nights lodging in the Marathon Key Holiday Inn Express (Sunday and Friday)
  • Four nights of PAMPERING in Key West (Stock Island)–Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday which includes a top quality Kelty Trail Ridge 6 (BubbaDome) tents with set-up and take down, fully inflated air mattress for your added sleeping comfort, towel and wash cloths daily, cold drinks and snacks, electronic charging station.  That’s right, you bike and let us do the rest!
  • Welcome reception dinner
  • Pool at hotel and campground
  • Beautiful Ocean Views Daily from your Bike
  • Amazing sunrises and sunsets like only the Keys can provide
  • Seven breakfasts and six dinners (Sunday breakfast provided by the host hotel and is included with your room reservation.  If you are staying other than the host hotel breakfast will be on your own.
  • Private, BubbaFest only, open air trolley tour of Key West
  • Mechanical Support
  • Baggage Transportation
  • Laughs
  • Fun
  • Memories
  • Bubba

What is not included?

  • Lodging Saturday November 3rd and Saturday November 10th
  • bubba13Snow, Ice and Cold, the phrase “WIND CHILL”!!
  • Lunches
  • Dinner Wednesday while in Key West

Host Hotel

The host hotel for BubbaFest–Florida Keys is the Key Largo Holiday Inn with the secondary hotel being the Key Largo Marriott Courtyard.  These are sister properties which are located a very short walk from one another.
You have the choice of which hotel to use as well to which sort of room you wish to book.  King or Two Queen rooms are available with standard view, pool view, island view (Holiday Inn) and marina view rooms.  Room type and number of people in room will determine room rate.
BubbaFest–Florida Keys special room rate will be available on Friday November 2nd well as Saturday November 3rd and Saturday November 10th.
Hotels and room types will be booked on first-come/first served basis.
Depending on advance bookings, some categories of rooms may not be available for those waiting to book.
If you have a preference, it would be to your best interest to book early.
When booking your accommodations, please use the following toll-free numbers:
Holiday Inn Key Largo can be made by calling 866.733.8554  and the Courtyard by
Marriott Key Largo can be made by calling 855.335.1066.
Inform the agent are booking for BubbaFest–Florida Keys, your dates of stay, and number of guests.  The agent will
provide availability at time of booking.  Since breakfast is included with the room, you must inform the reservation clerk if you are booking a single (one person) or a double (two people) Upon check-in you will be given a breakfast voucher for the number of people in the room.
Do NOT call the National Reservation number, you will be told the hotels are sold-out.  When calling the above numbers, FIRST tell the person you are on BubbaFest–Florida Keys and want to book a room from the BLOCK OF BubbaFest ROOMS.  If you first say you want to make a reservation, you will be transferred to the national reservation location and will be told the hotels are sold-out.


It’s just a short 42 miles from Miami to Key Largo.  Long term parking in Key Largo will be available at the host hotel.  Please check with front desk for location.

Flying into a south Florida airport?

It Doesn’t Get More Beautiful Than This

Shuttle service can be arranged through Keys Shuttle. Check their web site for pick-up locations and pricing information. Make sure to inform them if traveling with your bicycle. If there is more than one in your group, it might be less expensive to rent a vehicle for the week. Check prices to determine if this is something you might wish to consider.

If you are flying out the ending Saturday, to assure making your flight, DO NOT book a flight before 5 PM if using the Miami airport and not before 7 PM if using the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Bicycle Shipping or Bicycle Rentals

  • Option One: Bike rentals are available for use on BubbaFest from a local outfitters. These hybird/commfort bikes are very well maintained top quality bicycles which are perfect for BubbaFest.  Please contact Backcountry Cowboy Outfitters for details and pricing.  305.517.4177   Remember, a rental bike will not “feel the same” as the bicycle you ride at home.
  • If renting, it is strongly suggested you bring your bike seat and pedals you normally use.  The bike mechanic will assist switching them out if needed.
  • Option Two: You may ship your bike to the host hotel: Holiday Inn  99701 Overseas Highway Key Largo, Florida, USA, 33037. Phone: 305. 451.2121

This event is limited to the first 150 registered participants and will fill very fast. First registered, first served.  A waiting list will be utilized after the event is booked

An email confirmation will be sent once the registration has arrived.  If after two weeks of registering you have not gotten an email confirmation send an email GraceForBPP@yahoo.com and inquire.

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BubbaFest Schedule:

bubba8 Itinerary subject to change.

Saturday November 3rd

  • Registration is from Noon–4 PM.
  • Welcome reception and dinner at 5:00 PM  at the Holiday Inn.
  • Rider meeting following dinner

Sunday November 4th bike from Key Largo to Marathon Key Holiday Inn Express

  • Day One: 46.1 Miles with a 27.7 Mile Option

Monday November 5th Bike from Marathon Key to Key West (Stock Island)   Boyd’s Campground

  • Day Two: 48 Miles with a 26 Mile Option

Tuesday November 6th, Wednesday November 7th and Thursday November 8th will be layover  days in Key West to allow you time to explore this unique island.

  • Unsupported bike options are available while in Key West

Friday, November 9th bike from Key West to Marathon Key Holiday Inn Express with farewell dinner and dance

  • Day Six: 48 Miles with a 23.9 and a 35.2 Mile Option

Saturday, November 10th Bike from Marathon Key to Key Largo

  • Day Seven:  46.1 miles  with a 28.7 Mile Option

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