Florida Keys Vacation and Visitors Guide
From Bogart and Becall's Key Largo to Hemingway's Key West, the 100 mile chain of islands connected by the Overseas Highway, as US Highway 1 is called , carries you across 48 bridges, over numerous islands, and into a world that’s as close to the tropics as you will get without leaving the country. Unless of course you recognize the "Conch Republic" as an independent nation.
The Florida Keys have always been famous for great weather, beautiful beaches, fantastic diving and world class fishing. Whether you fish, dive or just want to relax, a Florida Keys vacation has something for everyone. Grab the suntan lotion and come on down.
Though Key West is the most famous and popular destination, there are several other very popular Florida Keys vacation spots each offer it's own unique personality. The Florida Keys is actually an archipelago of more than 1700 islands and are home of some of the oldest coral reef in North America.
When visiting the Keys be sure to stop by the visitor center of the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key for tips on spotting the adorable dog-sized Key deer that populate the Lower Keys (305-872-0774, fws.gov/nationalkeydeer). See and feed residents of the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, the world’s only licensed veterinary facility for sea turtles (305-743-2552, turtlehospital.org), or visit the pelicans at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier (305-852-4486, fkwbc.org). At the Key West Aquarium, pet a nurse shark and hold sea stars, giant hermit crabs, and squishy sea cucumbers (888-544-5927, keywestaquarium.com).
Key Largo is located just an hour south of Miami, Florida, Key Largo, Florida is perfect for scuba diving, enjoying the Florida Sunshine, taking part in deep sea fishing, renting a boat, parasailing, or just taking a quiet stroll along the sea shore, Key Largo has it all.
Islamorada is one of several islands that are located between the Everglades National Park to the north and America's only coral barrier reef and the Florida Straits to the south.
Duck Key is where fishing, snorkeling and diving year round are a way of life.
Marathon is a ten mile long key that is home to world class fishing, diving and reflects the old-Keys lifestyle that have made the Florida Keys famous.
Big Pine Key, at mile marker 33, is part of the Lower Keys where you can get away from the crowds and enjoy the peace and quiet that can be the Keys.
Key West best known as the home of Ernest Hemingway and his favorite haunt, Sloppy Joe's Bar, Key West is also home to fabulous mansions crested in the classic Key West gingerbread style, open air bars that beckons walker byes and the world's most famous and beautiful sunsets at Mallory Dock.
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