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A Mini Guide to the Florida Keys

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Typically associated with only Key West, the Florida Keys is an archipelago with several bridges and perhaps one of the best road trips in the world. Here are reasons why to visit.
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102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is popular among the diving and snorkeling crowd, with good reason. The first undersea park in the United States boasts a pale-white sunken algae-coated statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched...
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100470 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
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The pink plastic flamingos at the entrance made it even more enticing to visit. Key Largo Chocolates came highly recommended as the place to get a slice of frozen key lime pie, but it was clear when I visited that I would get far more than that....
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97702 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The drive from Miami to Key Largo was as smooth as the second movement of a Mozart symphony. As we drove on the peaceful almost traffic-less Highway 1 at midnight, I could imagine what a beautiful place this would look like during the day. For...
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400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West is billed as "the Home of the Sunset," which means every time the sun sinks below the horizon, it’s time for a party. Since the 1960s, Mallory Square’s dock has been hosting this nightly celebration, which begins two hours...

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816 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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Finding a really good croissant outside of France can prove to be difficult, but the last place you would expect to find a really good French croissant is party-town Key West, Florida! These folks have the real deal and if you are searching an...
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Key West, FL 33040, USA
In no other place have I seen the magnificent shade of teal that is dominent and prominent in Florida, particularly in the south. From Ft. Lauderdale to the end of the road in Key West the color of the water is remarkable and unique, I don't think...
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82245 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
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well the owners are actually Quebecois if you want to nitpick but no matter, this cute little cafe in the Upper Keys offers French style iced coffee, pastries and crepes (the requisite nutella/banana is awesome) all day long. Just remember that...
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Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The sand was soft. The sky was azure blue. The birds were singing. The air was balmy. I could smell the the salt in the sea at the beach. I felt lighthearted and relaxed. I was in Key Largo, the Florida Keys. The Keys are a vacation away from the...
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103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
I sat in my lounge under a palm tree and gazed at the beautiful Gulf. I just sighed. The beauty of the Keys is a good reason to visit and most of them produce a languid sense of well being and relaxation. I stayed at the Key Largo Marriott Resort...
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77522 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
If you make just one stop along the Overseas Highway on your way through the Florida Keys from Miami to Key West, make it Robbie’s. The attraction dates back nearly two decades, when the owners of the small marina and restaurant here started...
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58000 Card Sound Rd, Key Largo, FL 33030, USA
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Alabama Jack's is a well known shack on the water on Card Sound Road in Key Largo that serves a good lunch. It is in the middle of nowhere just north of the toll bridge. Alabama Jack's is a great place for lunch. It specializes in fresh, fried...
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2 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Fury offers several water sports packages for the Keys. I chose the parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling package. For about four hours I was in the waters about a mile or two off Key West crashing waves on a jet ski and holding on for my life...
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511 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you're in Key West and need a quick Key Lime fix, then stop in the Key West Key Lime Pie Co. shop and order up a slice of one of their freshly made pies. After you've eaten, spend some time browsing the store full of key lime-flavored goodies....
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907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West’s most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway, lived in this two-story Spanish-colonial villa for nearly a decade and composed several of his best-known works here. His second wife, Pauline, insisted they add a pool to the...

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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
In the center of Mallory Square you can visit the Sponge Market Shop, which doubles as a museum that depicts the history of the sponging industry in Key West. In the early 19th century the Key West fishermen found sponges washed up on the beaches...
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1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 50 different species of butterflies. Take a walk along the exotic environment and have fun trying to keep track of all the different birds and butterflies you see along the way. Before you go be...
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729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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On a recent trip to Key West a local recommended Blue Heaven to us - what a cool place! The food was delicious but the best part was the atmosphere: outside garden dining with chickens, roosters, and cats roaming freely. Of course we had to top...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Shipwreck Museum transports visitors back to 1856, when the young city's port had more than 100 ships passing through daily. Because of the coral reefs, shipwrecks were common at the time and salvage...
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281 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Key West may be known best as a beach destination, but the island offers plenty of cultural and educational experiences as well. The Key West Museum of Art and History focuses on educating locals and visitors on the art, architecture, and history...
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429 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Taking a nighttime ghost tour of Key West is one of the best ways to see a unique side of the city. Throughout the tour you'll stop by haunted Victorian mansions, the original hanging tree, Key West's oldest mansion, and many more ghoulish sites....
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Think you're brave enough to feed sharks while visiting Key West? You will have your chance to do that and so much more at the Aquarium. If sharks aren't quite your thing there is a touch pond suitable for all ages, an alligator exhibit, and even...
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200 Elizabeth St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you thought Key Lime was only limited to pies, take note: Kermit's Key Lime shop in Key West has everything from Key Lime Candy to Key Lime Jelly. Pop in to one of two Key West locations, and sample treats, or bring them home to share if you...
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701 Pauline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Ironically referred to as 'one of the liveliest spots in Key West,' this cemetery, dating from 1847, is full of character. Located in the 'dead center' of Key West in Old Town, its main gates open at the corner of Margaret and Angela streets....
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201 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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Since 1937 at the corner of Green & Duval Streets, Sloppy Joe's Bar has been open daily from 9:am - 4 am. There is lively entertainment, lunch, and dinner. The menu is extensive. This famous bar/restaurant is s must stop in Key West. Author and...
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Key West, FL 33040, USA
Key West is a little laid back city in FL. You can find Ernest Hemingway's house there. The southern Point is only 60 miles away from Cuba.
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1075 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
When people first find out that I live in Florida one of the most common questions I receive is, "have you seen a dolphin?" Yes, I have! Growing up near the beach I've been fortunate enough to see them regularly and a trip to Key West wouldn't be...
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96 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
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the menu may be mostly deep fried, the drinks from a machine and the music (cover bands) stuck in the 80s but honestly there is no better place in the upper keys to hang out at sunset time. Go early to get your preferred table on the sand.
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729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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The title may sound presumptuous, but with over 500 positive reviews on Google, many of which reference the incredible Key Lime pie, I think it's a justified statement. With an eclectic, laid-back vibe, this is the type of place you can stroll...
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Whitehead St & South Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Since 1983, at the corner of South St. and Whitehead St. in Key West there has been a huge, concrete buoy that is said to mark the Southernmost Point of the continental United States. From there, Cuba is only about 90 miles away. For years, you...
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1805 Staples Ave Suite 101, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Conch Tour Train is a very popular attraction in Key West. Since 1958, this company has taken visitors on tours of the town. You will see Mallory Square, the Wrecker's Museum, the Aquarium, the Harry Truman Little White House, Mel Fisher's...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Although I try to walk as much as possible when traveling, sometimes I just want to sit back, give my feet a break, recharge, and take in the sights. For this kind of rejuvenating experience in Key West take the Old Town Trolley tour. Specialty...