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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Sunset on the Seven Mile Bridge

Written by Tideone on 07 Mar, 2001

It was not in our travel plans to be on the seven mile bridge when the sunset was setting. Actually I had planned to already be in Key West but an unplanned excursion to South Beach and downtown Miami, bumper to bomper traffic…Read More


Snorkelling

Written by JWRIGHT on 22 May, 2005

Being in and under the water is what Sea Camp is all about. Our snorkelling experience started with a swim test, where each swimmer had to demonstrate ability to swim out to the end of the dock and back (around 20 yards). Then we were…Read More


Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Written by SHRN on 27 Nov, 2001

We rented a catamaran for about 40 people to go on a sunset cruise after our wedding church ceremony and before our reception. It was the best money we spent towards our wedding. Everyone had their best clothes on and I was in my wedding…Read More


Cedar Key

Written by tessh24 on 29 Feb, 2004

Cedar Key was great!!! I was a little leery of going because it is a big fishing area and I don't like to fish. But I went and it was so relaxing. First of all, we stayed at Old Finimore Inn. It had nice condos…Read More


Camping on the Tortugas

Written by travlnduo on 27 Oct, 2002

On the morning that you go out to the Tortugas, drive your car right up to the loading area. Grab a cart and unload your car. You can park your car overnight in the parking garage right across the street. The campers can load their…Read More


Middle Keys, including Marathon

Written by AnaMH on 04 Nov, 2000

My favorite place growing up to spend a day was the non-profit Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key at MM59. Here you can swim with the dolphins for around $90 a swim. This must be planned way in advance due to their only taking reservations…Read More


Welcome to Cincinnati Mr. Kim! Go Buckeyes!!!

Written by J'aimeParis on 04 Oct, 2008

"Go Buckeyes!" we heard as we walked away from Delta Gate 18 in CIncinnati. Not unusual to hear in this part of the USA. What was unusual was that it was preceded by a deep bow, a handshake, and a sincere Thank you. Did I…Read More


Checking out the catch of the day!

Written by baileyboo on 17 May, 2003

When stopping by Holiday Isle for the most notable rum runner, make sure to make your way down to the fishing docks around 4pm. This is when the captains head home with the day's charters and show off their catch! You will really see some…Read More


Bars on every corner

Written by ksny on 06 Apr, 2001

Great party place, there are bars and entertainment all over duval street! Don't miss Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and the Crazy "Bull bar". A lot of places offer coupons for 2 for 1 drinks. Don't miss the sunset in Mallory Square. There is a lot going…Read More


Find All the Locals Real Deals in the Florida Keys

Written by tim haggard on 07 Mar, 2010

I found a really good and unique website on my last trip to the Florida Keys that you might want to check out: www.floridakeysbestdeals.com My favorite was "All-u-can-drink BEER (my favorite yea!!), WINE, tea or soft-drinks and all-u-can-eat fish-fry only $10.95 every Friday…Read More


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