Areas of the Florida Keys

Vacationing in the Florida Keys, Fl means excitement, discovery, and easy relaxation in the sun. From backcountry kayaking to sipping margaritas on the beach, you can find a wide array of things to do in the Florida Keys, FL. Whether you come to the Keys for exciting watersports or to relax in luxury at a resort or both, the variety of choices in things to do and places to stay will tempt you to come back again and again to experience it all.

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Florida Keys, FL

Upper Florida Keys, FL

As you drive into the Florida Keys from the mainland (Miami or Fort Lauderdale and all points north), the first key you’ll encounter is Key Largo. Since it’s less than an hour’s drive from Miami, Key Largo gets the most traffic of all the Keys. There are many services and dive shops, since the largest attraction in Key Largo is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The clear waters off Key Largo draw divers and snorkelers from around the world, and many of the accommodations in this area cater to them, with dive trips and shuttle services.

Middle Florida Keys, FL

Between Key Largo and Marathon, the center point of the Florida Keys, FL, there is Islamorada. They call themselves the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Indeed, the backcountry waters here are rich with marine life and the fishing guides are experts at seeking them out for catch and release fishing.

Marathon has a great public beach and it marks the start of the Seven Mile Bridge. This famous bridge is one of the most visibly recognizable structures in the Florida Keys. Driving across the Seven Mile Bridge is a memorable experience. Get your camera ready!

Lower Florida Keys, FL

Once you cross the Seven Mile Bridge going west you will see a remarkable difference in your surroundings. The population has thinned out and the flora is more abundant. It’s a little bit closer to nature out here, with fewer people making the entire distance out to the lower Keys, as this end of the chain of islands is called. Big Pine Key is full of pine trees and trails. Onward to Key West there are numerous Keys that offer all sorts of opportunities to explore the region and its wildlife.

Finally, in Key West, there is the greatest variety of everything, from places to stay to things to do. Choose from guest houses, vacation rentals, condos, or hotels on the beach. Take a ghost tour or go offshore fishing. Tour the galleries or go parasailing. There’s all this plus endless choices for fine dining and casual dining, and more. There’s history to learn, a rather strong artists’ community, loads of preserved architecture to enjoy, and fun times on Duval Street. And of course the coral reef and the Gulf of Mexico are right at hand!