Looking to get away to live the island life? The Florida Keys is exactly where you want to be! The island chain of the Florida Keys stretches over 124 miles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, earning it the title, The American Caribbean. These islands are the remnants of reefs formed in the region 10 to 15 million years ago when the sea was shallow. The Keys, whose name comes from the Spanish Cayo—meaning small island—are bordered by Florida Bay and stretch from northern Miami southwest to Key West, about 90 miles from Cuba.
Start your trip to the Keys with Key Largo, the largest island of the archipelago. This island offers the most spectacular scuba diving in the United States. In these waters, you will encounter 600 species of beautiful tropical fish and experience some 40 incredible specimens of coral.
Key Largo also has the largest concentration of crocodiles in North America! You can watch them without fear in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Continue your adventure in Islamorada, known as “purple island”. This area is well-known for its excellent fishing. The locals will be happy to tell you where to find a good catch, depending on the season and what you are angling for. Not big on fishing? Islamorada offers a multitude of art galleries and charming boutiques to visit.
It is inconceivable to visit the Keys without a stop in Marathon to see the dolphins! Employees of the Dolphin Research Center will delight you with stories about their dolphins. You can even swim with them! Your next stop could be just as educational—at the “Turtle Hospital” you will learn about this species and watch them being cared for. Complete your trip to the Keys with the island of Key West. Visit this magnificent historic centre and its strong Victorian influence, and walk in the footsteps of one of America’s greatest authors, Ernest Hemingway. You will delight in the relaxed atmosphere of Key West with its artists and welcoming terraces, as well as the late night party meet-ups that await you!
The magical landscapes, captivating activities and friendly people make the Florida Keys a paradise you will never want to leave.
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The Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest is held in Marathon and celebrates great craft beer, champagne, wine, food trucks, live local music and much more. Admission into the park is Free.
The Marathon Seafood Festival is the 2nd largest Florida Keys event with great seafood and entertainment. Bring the whole family for two days of exciting food, entertainment, and fun!
The easiest way to get to and around the Florida Keys is by car. Enjoy a great road trip with spectacular ocean views from Miami to Key West.
A great way to explore the Florida Keys is by bike. Enjoy the great outdoors along 70 miles of existing Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.
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