Overview Florida Keys

Visiting Florida Keys

The southernmost part of the continental United States, the Florida Keys retain their out-of-the-way appeal today. Key West, Hemingway’s home, is as quirky as ever, while Biscayne National Park and Long Key State Park showcase the flair of Florida’s natural beauty.

Home to the only living coral reef in North America - stretching from north of Key Largo, down the chain of keys past Key West and the Dry Tortugas - the Florida Keys are one of the top snorkeling spots in the hemisphere. Key Largo is the perfect base of exploration for the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, while the waters of Biscayne Bay and the clear Gulf Stream never disappoint with wild dolphins, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and hundreds of colorful reef fish.

With such rich waters, it’s no surprise that fishing is a pastime in the Keys. Try Bud N’ Mary’s Marina on Islamadora for a wide choice of charters, or just enjoy the best bonefishing in the keys at Long Key State... Read More
The southernmost part of the continental United States, the Florida Keys retain their out-of-the-way appeal today. Key West, Hemingway’s home, is as quirky as ever, while Biscayne National Park and Long Key State Park showcase the flair of Florida’s natural beauty.

Home to the only living coral reef in North America - stretching from north of Key Largo, down the chain of keys past Key West and the Dry Tortugas - the Florida Keys are one of the top snorkeling spots in the hemisphere. Key Largo is the perfect base of exploration for the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, while the waters of Biscayne Bay and the clear Gulf Stream never disappoint with wild dolphins, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and hundreds of colorful reef fish.

With such rich waters, it’s no surprise that fishing is a pastime in the Keys. Try Bud N’ Mary’s Marina on Islamadora for a wide choice of charters, or just enjoy the best bonefishing in the keys at Long Key State Park.

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Stories and Tips Florida Keys

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Key Largo

Written by Joy S on 11 Jul, 2011

Key Largo is called the "first of the Florida Keys," because of its northernmost location along the Florida Keys chain. It takes an hour to drive here from Miami, but feels like a different world entirely. There are 2 state parks in Key…Read More


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Driving Along the Overseas Highway

Written by Joy S on 11 Jul, 2011

The Florida Keys do not run north to south, but actually go in a southwesterly direction along this single road called US Highway 1 or as it is otherwise known, the Overseas Highway. It is very scenic and is a fantastic drive for families…Read More


Big Pine Key

Written by Joy S on 11 Jul, 2011

Big Pine Key has wild life refuges which provide protection for and endangered animals. Any commercialism you will find on the other islands and especially on the Upper Keys, is well and truly left behind here. On Big Pine Key there is an…Read More


Tips and Hints

Written by Joy S on 07 Jul, 2011

* The average year round temperature is 75 degrees fahrenheit. This is due to the Gulf Stream and the south easterly trade winds. Temperatures rarely vary by more than 15 degrees and there is a constant breeze. December to April is the…Read More


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Overview and Highlights

Written by Joy S on 07 Jul, 2011

A simple journey from Miami, along the wonderful Overseas Highway brings you to the Florida Keys. They are a strip of islands about a hundred miles long, known for fishing, diving but most of all for the town of Key West - legendary for…Read More


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Dante Fascell Visitor Center

Written by reef2020 on 23 Oct, 2000

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Biscayne National Park's Convoy Point is truly one of the finest visitor centers in the entire National Park System. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the center offers a great museum that takes you on journey through the park's four ecosystems: mangrove…Read More


Driving the Keys

Written by Tideone on 07 Mar, 2001

Driving to Key West can be a very fun drive but it can also be a very long drive. Beware of those who tell you that Key West is just a three hour drive from the Miami airport. I knew a travel agent, who by the way…Read More


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Day Trip to Key West

Written by zenguy on 13 Jul, 2003

After several days of fun in the ocean, we were all ready for a change of pace. We left the Hawk's Cay resort early for a day of shopping and fun in Key West. We drove down US 1 to the Southwest end of the…Read More


Other Things to Do in Key West

Written by Lisa D. Farash on 23 Jul, 2003

We stayed away from the tourist restaurants and went off the beaten path. We asked locals and walked all over Key West to find places. We also found this place at the Southern Most Point. It is a restored B&B mansion -- for $8, you…Read More


Key West

Written by AnaMH on 04 Nov, 2000

Key West has changed over the years. This once low-key island has been thoroughly commercialized. These days you’ll find a modern, franchise-type restaurant smack in the middle of Duval Street and thousands of cruise ship passengers descending on Mallory Square every day. It's definitely not…Read More


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