10 Reasons to visit the Florida Keys and Key West. Key Largo, Islamorada or Marathon?

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10 Reasons to visit the Florida Keys and Key West. Key Largo, Islamorada or Marathon?

 

Florida Keys, or familiar FL Keys and Key West, are not offering perfection, but they provide a unique combination of fantastic unspoiled nature, wildlife, raw beaches, sports activities, great seafood, and lots of sun.
If you look at the Map of Florida, you can see that Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Lower Keys, and Key West are connected by the Overseas Highway. Here everything begins.
The Overseas Highway and Seven Miles Beach
Great scenic ride over more than 200 km of ocean, this once-in-a-lifetime experience, is something that everyone should try.

 

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The drive from Miami to Key West takes at about 3.5 Hours, so if you are traveling with kids plan extra stops and enjoy the Key Islands.

 

On your way, you will cross over 42 overseas bridges connecting the keys. The famous, Seven Miles Bridge, was featured in the movies 2 Fast 2 Furious and True Lies.

 

In 2009, the Overseas Highway was named an All-American Road, which is the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program, .

 

Fishing and Sailing

If you are an avid fisher or want to become one, then Islamorada is a great place to start.

Islamorada is now being called the Fishing Capital of the World, and you will quickly see why. “The Purple Island” with its crystal clear waters offers a variety of fish species including Tarpon, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Mutton Snapper, and Sailfish.


If you are not experienced with Sailing and Fishing, you can start your fishing career on a sport-fishing charter.

 

If you prefer sailing on your own, just get out on the water. It doesn‘t matter if you have a big boat or even a small one, sailing around the Keys is a must.
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Visit the Looe Key, a coral reef located within the National Marine Sanctuary, south of Big Pine Key.
Or you can sail from Marathon to Bahia Honda State Park. Why not visit Dry Tortugas on boat? It is a great place to visit.

 

Watersports and adventure
You can take a kayaking trip through the red mangroves or participate on Alligator Reef Lighthouse Swim, which is an 8-mile open-ocean swim off Islamorada.
If you like fishing and diving than you should try freedive spearfishing.

 

The Turtle Hospital Marathon
Turtles are wonderful species. Want to learn more about how to minimize human impact on these sea beauties and how to be a more responsible sailor? Join Guided Educational Experience and help.

 

Coral Reefs and Diving Holidays
If you are looking for great diving and snorkeling opportunities, head up to the island of Key Largo.
Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park offers coral reefs with stunning marine life full of tropical fish. FL Keys Reef system is North America’s only living coral barrier reef.
Key Largo and Key west also have artificial reefs to dive: Spiegel Grove and Vandenberg Wreck.

 

Food
You can taste the freshest seafood, tropical fruit, and citrus-based desserts (such as Key lime pie) during your stay. Have you tried lionfish already?
Do you know that Some of the Keys restaurants will cook your daily catch after you had your great day on the sea?

 

Nature
Would you normally expect to see deer on these islands? Maybe you can spot one at Big Pine and the Lower Keys.

What about sailing with wild dolphins?

 

Florida State parks and Beaches
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One of the most beautiful beaches in USA you can find is, Bahia Honda State Park.
If you are looking for the best bone-fishing in the Keys go to Long Key State Park. Curry Hammock is well-known for mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, and wetlands full of tropical wildlife. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park offers Key West’s favorite beach. A Great place to see fossilized coral is Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.

 

Historical center of Key West
Old Town Key West has a magnetism that attracts tourists year after year. Top-notch restaurants, perfectly restored houses, the sea, and sunset pier make this place magical.
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90 miles to Cuba
Can you imagine that you are closer to Cuba than to Miami? This is the most southern part of the USA.
90 Miles to Cuba
What is your Florida Keys Experience? What is your FL Keys Top Attraction?

 

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