Florida Keys Overview
The Florida Keys is a 150 mile long string of Islands connected to South Florida by 43 bridges of the scenic Overseas Highway; a road that suspends you between sea and sky. A trip to the Florida Keys combines perfectly with a visit to nearby Miami and will bring you to a world away from the theme parks of central Florida.
The turquoise blue waters that surrounds Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West are home to the only living coral reef in North America, making The Keys a divers paradise.
On land, discover the art galleries, independently owned cafes, varied museums or just sit and relax in the abundant sunshine and recharge your batteries. Then celebrate the setting of the sun each night, at any time of year, by enjoying a cocktail or two, the local live music, authentic diverse cuisine and lively atmosphere. Hawks Cay Island Resort, Ocean Key Resort & Spa, and Southernmost Hotel are just a few of the places you can stay whilst on holiday in this majestic destination.
Must See Places in the Florida Keys
Duval Street, Key West
Duval Street, which runs from Mallory Square to the Southernmost Point marker, is home to museums, souvenir shops, galleries, and cafes. An excellent place to people-watch while sightseeing, Duval Street hosts several annual events and parades, including the Hemingway Days festival each summer. Duval Street is home to some of Key West’s most historic attractions, including the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the Southernmost House.
Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park is home to what is undoubtedly the nicest beach in the Keys, and one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. The park actually has two separate beach areas, one large stretch facing the open ocean, and another smaller beach area that looks across to the old railroad bridge. Views are impressive from either side.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Off Key Largo are John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where the rich underwater life and a number of wrecks attract many snorkelers and scuba divers. The park has a small swimming area with a shell-covered beach, but many people come here to snorkel or dive.
Mallory Square, Key West
Mallory Square is a lively area in Old Town Key West that is best known for its nightly sunset celebration. Each evening, entertainers and vendors gather to create a festive atmosphere while tourists admire the iconic sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
Marathon is the commercial and sportfishing centre of the Middle Keys, and charters are easily arranged from here for deep-sea, reef, and flats fishing. Tourists also enjoy the numerous watersports available, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, and jet-skiing, not to mention the excellent beaches and waterfront restaurants.
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