A Florida Keys vacation is packed with everything you want to do, in one easy to get to and amazingly beautiful place.
Enjoying year round perfect Florida weather, this is where fun and sun meet, and tropical magic begins.
When planning a vacation in the Florida Keys, you'll find that Florida Keys travel is also very easy.
No longer do you have to worry about expensive, sporadic flight times.
Nor are you plagued by questionable airline carrier woes that hamper other tropical destinations.
You can fly into Miami International Airport and get a Florida car rental, driving from Miami to Key Largo, then continue on through the Florida Keys to Key West.
If you're strictly planning a vacation in Key West Florida, you can fly direct to the Key West Airport, rent a scooter, take a cab or simply walk the small and bustling section that's Old Town Key West.
The Sun Greets the Sea as Another Florida Keys Day Dawns
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Dale M. McDonald Collection
To make planning your vacation in Florida Keys easier, you need to know that the Florida Keys are made up of many islands or cayes, easily divided into five regions.
The Upper Keys are the furthest north and are closest to Miami, Homestead and Florida City. This is where Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada are located.
The Middle Keys contain the City of Marathon and Key Colony Beach. At the south end of the Middle Keys is where the Old and New Seven Mile Bridges are located. The new bridge transports you over impossibly beautiful water down to the Lower Keys.
Big Pine Key and The Lower Keys contain the popular destinations of Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key, Coupon Bight, Newfound Harbor Keys, 3 out of the 4 Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, Sugarloaf Key and Boca Chica Key.
Key West Florida, or Cayo Hueso, is at the end of the chain of islands. This fabulous and energetic spirit of the Conch Republic is also home to one of the wildest island events - Key West Fantasy Fest.
Dry Tortugas National Park, site of Fort Jefferson, consists of 7 islands which are considered to be the last in the chain that constitutes the Florida Keys. Situated about 70 miles south of Key West FL, fishing, diving and snorkeling Dry Tortugas are popular activities.
Florida Keys Map Including Everglades National Park
When planning a vacation to the Florida Keys, it helps to have an understanding of Florida Keys history along with the area's overall layout.
The above Florida Keys map gives you a quick perspective of the islands and the area immediately south of Miami. This includes Homestead, and the Everglades National Park located a few miles to the west of Homestead.
The Main Park Road west of Homestead is the major route through the main section of the Everglades National Park. This is where the Ernest Coe Visitor Center is located, and just past the entrance gates you'll come to the worthwhile Royal Palm Nature Center.
As you explore this website, you'll quickly discover there's no shortage of things to do on your Florida Keys vacation. Just a sampling of the fun Florida things to do include dolphin encounters, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving Florida Keys.
Our Florida Keys Calendar of Events also gives you a good breakdown of all the exciting Key Largo FL to Key West events that occur each month.
On your vacation in the Keys you'll also want to look into these ecotourism opportunities, which offer a wide range activities to enjoy on your Florida Keys holiday. With nature so abundantly prevalent, and so much of it also precariously threatened, this is the perfect opportunity for eco tours to flourish.
Eco tours run the gamut from hiking tours, kayaking trips, dolphin encounters, even paddleboarding tours. No matter which eco tour venue suits you, you'll enjoy learning more about the area's flora and fauna, and the value of protecting it.
Florida Keys Water Has Many Hues Including Turquoise
Voluntourism is also a major part of many vacationers plans. There are numerous conservation organizations you can connect with and help while on your vacation in the Florida Keys. Through these programs you are able to make a difference, gain valuable insight, and have fun at the same time.
On your holiday, you'll also want to visit the many interesting Florida Keys museums, spend time kayaking, hiking, bicycling, camping or go out on a Key West sunset cruise. Plus if your vacation in Florida Keys coincides with October, you'll want to include at least one day of revelry at the annual 10 day Key West Fantasy Fest.
You'll also want to spend some time "meeting and greeting" the many ghosts of Key West. With so many tragic and untimely deaths having occurred in such a small area, it's no wonder the island's Spanish name is Cayo Hueso or Isle of Bones.
However, scuba diving Florida Keys is one of the most popular vacation activities, and scuba diving Key Largo is considered to be world class.
You also don't have to confine your adventures to just Key Largo FL. The Shipwreck Trail will lead you south on an exciting journey of exploration. Plus you'll find that Marathon Key and Key West FL have many great wrecks and reefs waiting for you to discover.
Giant Barrel Sponge
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When snorkeling or scuba diving Florida Keys, you'll be thrilled by the vast display of rich and colorful marine life inhabiting the Florida Keys coral reefs.
Most Florida Keys vacations entail spending considerable time in the water since there's so many activities you can pursue. However, it's also fun to stretch out on one of the five great Key West beaches, soak up some sun, or just watch each morning's spectacular sunrise.
A Florida Keys vacation also means world class Florida Keys sport fishing. Whether your idea of fun is being in Islamorada fishing, or in Key West fishing, you've come to the right place. This is where world records are made, and some even broken, any given day of the year.
Fishing Charters in Florida Keys Catch the Big Ones!
Collection of Don DeMaria
Florida Keys Public Libraries - Flickr
Florida Keys lodging is as varied as a Key West sunset. They range from modest and comfortable, to luxuriously decadent. With ocean every where you look, most Florida Keys accommodations are either on water, or provide an ocean view.
Some are more affordable than others, for example in the Upper Keys and Middle Keys you'll find that lodging is typically less expensive.
There's also the many fine Key West lodging establishments such as the Waldorf Astoria's Casa Marina Resort - for well - more.
Enjoy Spectacular Florida Keys Oceanfront Views
Courtesy Southernmost Hotel Collection
To help you plan your Florida Keys vacation, we've listed all the Florida Keys lodging by area and type. We've also included descriptive listings and TripAdvisor comments for each Florida Keys accommodation. Just click on the handy link below each picture to explore the region of the Florida Keys you're interested in.
I've also included a TripAdvisor flight search engine to help make planning your all inclusive Florida Keys vacation even easier!
You also don't have to purchase Florida Keys real estate to enjoy being here on a long term basis. One of the more popular Florida lodging options include Florida Keys vacation homes. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay in style - "your way".
Florida Keys vacation rentals are extremely popular for anyone wanting to enjoy a home style atmosphere and experience what life would be like living in the Florida Keys. You can also arrange for Florida Keys vacation rentals on a short term basis which makes them flexible and convenient.
Another option that's particularly flexible is timeshare. Not only can you enjoy the timeshare you've purchased in the Florida Keys, you can also exchange properties and enjoy vacations in other cities and states.
Buying timeshare gives you the best of everything. Not only do you have an investment you can enjoy, you are able to have that comfortable 'at home' feeling that makes a vacation even more relaxing.
Timeshares can also be extremely affordable, and often you'll get the best deals from other owners looking to sell their timeshare.
However, for most people, there's just something special about the prospect of owning a piece of Florida Keys real estate. It's the big temptation that can be hard to resist, especially when the market is reasonably priced.
Perhaps you're interested in a hidden Florida Key? What about a villa, or an oceanfront condo? Imagine enjoying a more permanent vacation in paradise, right in your own, new home!
The following listings, Florida Keys Realtor information, real estate tips and area information make it easy for you to buy your piece of paradise.
Islamorada Real Estate
Key Largo Real Estate
Lower Keys & Key West
Real Estate For Sale
Marathon Key Real
Estate For Sale
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Gold And Silver Sunset Over Buttonwood Sound, Key Largo FL
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