Florida Keys and Key West

The Florida keys stretch from Key Largo in the north to Key West in the south, it actually goes on further than this but this is as far as the road goes and Key West has the Southernmost Point marker so lets leave it at that.

Key largo being the entry point to the keys has a number of attractions around it. John Pennecamp being one of the main ones and was the first underwater park in the US, cenbrating its 50th anniversary in 2010. Diving is naturally popular in and around Key Largo as is fishing.

Key Largo has two state parks,  a national marine sanctuary and a a national park. There are few soft sand beaches on the keys unlike upper Florida. Instead, the Florida Keys hosts the only living reef in the continental United States and listen to the radio down in the keys and you will hear sea reports for inside and outside the reef.

The north of Key Largo is largely uninhabited and is home to Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, which, as its name suggests, has Crocodiles in it and not Alligators, this is a breeding area for this endangered species.

Islamorada is the place to go for your fishing fix, with bonefish and sailfish being popular targets. Some of the local restaurants will even cook your catch if you ask nicely and offer a little in the way of something in return and the restaurants in Islomarada will equal many you will ever try on the Keys for the freshness of their fish.

Marathon really is the heart of the keys, whilst not being the most famous it sure is in the middle. Marathon is more a group of Keys, rather than one big island in itself, including Long Key, the Conch Keys, Duck Key, Grassy Key, Boot Key, Crawl Key and Pigeon Key.

and to the south is the impressive 7 mile bridge

, as featured in a number of films such as True Lies and a certain Mr James Bond also paid a visit to the area for Licence to Kill.

The drive across 7 mile bridge and down through Sugar Key and the other smaller islands down this way is no less interesting. Gone are the shops, malls, restaurants and tourist attractions, these have been replaced by the stunning beauty that is Bahia Honda State Park. For those travelling in RV’s, there is a fantastic RV park right on the waters edge. 
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Big Pine in the Florida Keys is known for its Key Deer. If you are driving through the keys, you can not help noticing that you are approaching the National Key Deer Refuge because the speed limit changes from 45 MPH to 30 MPH at night.

Picture by Averette at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

This speed limit is strictly enforced by law enforcement. This area is from Mile Marker 29 to Mile Marker 33.

In the Winn Dixie Plaza in Big Pine, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service operates an information center on the Key Deer and its habitat. (Directions: Go north on Key Deer Blvd. or Wilder Road. The information center is located across from the Winn Dixie in part of the strip center.)

All this brings us down to Key West and all that it has to offer. At only 2 miles by 4 miles and with approximately 27000 residents it is quite a party town. Historically Key west has been home to a range of pirates, wreckers, drug runners and now the US Navy among other things. There is so much information about Key West and you can find that on our specific Key West Page.

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