The Florida Keys offer a bounty of sugar-sand cays enticing visitors with the promise of a fresh start. No passport is required even there’s no doubt you have enter into unfamiliar territory. The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida, forming the southernmost part of the continental United States. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the northwest. The main chain of islands called Keys can be traveled by vehicles on the Overseas Highway, a 127-mile section of U.S. Highway 1. Fishing, tourism and ecotourism, are the main drivers of the economy with many visitors, who scuba dive in the area’s protected waters. Bahia Honda State Park is a well known dark skies location among locals offering unobstructed views of the southern night sky year-round.
A Florida All-Inclusive
One of the very few all-inclusive resorts in the United States, The Bungalows Key Largo is a secluded, adults-only tropical escape that takes full advantage of a prime bayside location with 135 individual bungalows. Sitting under the palms provide a postcard view of the iconic island panorama. Resort grounds include a multi-tiered swimming pool, waterfront lounger-lined relaxation areas, and fantastic eating and dining venues.
A Village of Islands
Islamorada is a string of islands that constitute the “Village of Islands”, which includes Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, Craig Key, and Fiesta Key. Art galleries and boutiques make Islamorada’s shopping scene the best in the Upper Keys. More than 150 backcountry guides and 400 offshore captains are at your service. Islamorada is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. It has some of the world’s highest levels of professional fishing.
The Florida Keys is home to the only living coral reef in the continental United States. A richness of marine life protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and aquamarine seas offer great snorkeling. Regardless of experience every snorkeler can witness a habitat with colorful fish and hundreds of marine species. Schedule a coral reef snorkeling tour, boat tours available for those who wish to venture out to deeper waters.
Best snorkeling and diving locations.
- Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
- Bahia Honda State Park
The Conch Republic
Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the westernmost island connected by highway in the Florida Keys. The Key West Historic District includes the major tourist destinations of the island, including Mallory Square, Duval Street, the Truman Annex and Fort Zachary Taylor. Key West is known for its nightlife consisting of a frozen margarita watching the sunset, Duval Street pub crawl, and a late night of live music. One of the most popular attractions on the island is a concrete replica of a buoy at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets that claims to be the southernmost point in the contiguous United States. Key West is home to the historic The Ernest Hemingway House, which was the residence of the American writer from 1931 to 1939. The house and its grounds are inhabited by dozens of cats, commonly called Hemingway cats. Around half are polydactyl, sporting six toes on each paw.