Located at the Southernmost tip of the US, this crescent of subtropical islands draws visitors year-round and is well-known for it's breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Bordered by the Atlantic and the Gulf, the keys are a sport fishing, diving, snorkeling, nightlife and beach destination.
This archipelago is connected by 42 bridges, or access all of the 1700 islands by boat. Each key is unique and displays its own personality and charm. Some are friendly and casual, others are artsy and eclectic, and some are secluded backcountry wildlife refuges.
The diversity of amenities promise the ideal vacation for anyone: eco-adventures, family fun activities, thrilling nightlife, thriving arts communities, and an incredible selection of festivals and events year-round. Come as you are and experience the laid back life in subtropical paradise.
The Florida Keys is a beautiful archipelago of islands, stretching more than 100 miles from South Miami to Key West, connected by the 42 bridges of the Overseas Highway. Each island offers unique destinations and activities, and here are five you'll enjoy:
There are several places where you can interact with friendly dolphins, including the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key, Dolphins Plus on Key Largo and Theater of the Sea in Key West
The first undersea park in America, John Pennekamp offers opportunities to enjoy the ocean from above and below. This Key Largo park is famous for its snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, but it is equally beautiful when viewed from a kayak or a glass-bottom boat.
After driving the length of the Overseas Highway to Key West, why not relax and take the Key West Trolley Tour? Twelve stops are included on the hop on, hop off open air vehicle route. Buy tickets in the heart of town at Mallory Square, near the Key West Aquarium and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.
The National Key Deer Refuge is on Big Pine Key and consists of 9,200 acres dedicated to preserving the wildlife of the Florida Keys. Deer are easy to see, often grazing along the road. The visitor center on Marathon Key is worth a stop for more information.
You can't leave the Florida Keys without trying its most famous dessert. There are so many places that offer it, you can practically have a piece of pie on every island. On Key Largo, try the Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory in Tavernier, voted one of the best in the island chain.