The Florida Key area is like the American Caribbean with the same features and facilities as the island destinations such as world class fishing, snorkelling, diving, boating, kayaking and eco-tours. The Florida Keys islands extend south west from the city of Miami and span around 110 miles. They are well connected by bridges and causeways.
The first island is Key Largo that offers some of the finest diving and snorkelling in Florida Keys. One of the main attractions here is the John Pennekamp State Park. There are several tour operators that run guided trips to the park and to other areas with sunken wrecks. Islamorada, just south of Key Largo is famous for its sport fishing with each season welcoming new fishing tournaments and angling opportunities. Tavernier, the largest island in the upper Florida Keys, also offers a range of environmental attractions. Marathon, midway from the beginning of the Florida Keys to the end, is considered to be the heart of the Florida Keys and has several relaxing vacation resorts to its credit. Key West, also known as the Last Resort, has beautiful beaches with awe-inspiring sunsets. Key Colony Beach is known as the ‘Gem of the Florida Keys’ and is ideal for fishing and boating activities.
Islamorada is idyllically located between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park on one side and North America’s only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits on the other. It comprises six islands: Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. The area is ideal for sport fishing and is known as the ‘Sport Fishing Capital of the World’. Islamorada also houses the fascinating History of Diving Museum. Music lovers can head to the lawns of the TIB Amphitheater at Founder’s Park while the theatre lovers can enjoy first-class productions at the Coral Shores Performing Arts Center. The Sea Marine Mammal Park offers opportunities to swim with dolphins and other creatures in controlled settings.
Key Colony Beach
Located in the heart of Florida Keys, Key Colony Beach extends between Key Largo and Key West. The city is known as the ‘Gem of the Florida Keys’ and is ideal for fishing and boating activities. Most accommodations are on canals and provide quick access to the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, or have great ocean views. The city has an impressive entertainment and recreational options including charter fishing fleet, restaurants, and a 9-hole par-3 golf course. During the month of March, the city celebrates it birthday. The one day event offers a variety of arts, crafts, food, and music.
Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World. Also called the first of the Florida Keys because of its northernmost location along the Florida Keys chain, it is an hour’s drive from two major airports from South Florida but it could be a world away. Key Largo hosts the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s first underseas park. The island has several attractions to its credit including the Key Largo’s Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The island is also famous as a sport-fishing destination and some of the best charter captains and fishing guides in the world work out of here.
Key West is an island paradise with many tropical island resorts which are mostly filled during the season from January through June. The azure waters that surround Key West have a wealth of treasures for scuba divers, fishermen and snorkelers. There is no other place in the world where you can see so many species of marine life in one place. The wrecks and reefs found here are home to hundreds of species of tropical and game fish. Key West also has several other attractions including the Ernest Hemingway Museum and the Key West Aquarium. Also on offer are ghost tours that take you through Old Town and haunted homes.
The Islands of Marathon are located at the midway point of the Florida Keys. The most noted attraction here is the Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges in the world and spanning from Key Vaca to Sunshine Key. Running parallel to the modern span, this turn-of-the-century marvel took four years to construct. The island offers several environmental attractions including the opportunity to swim with dolphins, pet an iguana, explore a hardwood hammock and rain forest, and stroll white sand beaches. World-class fishing is also available on the reef and flats, along the bridges and in nearby Everglades National Park.
Tavernier is located in Monroe County, Florida, on Key Largo, the largest island in the upper Florida Keys. The island provides nearby access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Bay and allows you to immerse yourself in a tropical paradise where the hibiscus bloom and the gentle sea breezes are always blowing. The several activities that you can enjoy here include diving, fishing and snorkelling. Other attractions worth exploring include Harry Harris Park and Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Some great water sports are on offer at the Founders Park and Water Sports. You can also visit Theater Of The Sea to see the ‘Dolphin Swim and Show.’