Florida Keys and Key West
USA Holiday Destination
“The Florida Keys and Key West is a 150 mile long string of Islands connected to South Florida by the scenic Overseas Highway; a road that suspends the traveller in a place that bridges the gap between sea and sky. In the Florida Keys you are a world away from the theme parks of central Florida, in a place that envelopes you with its warmth and beauty and grants you permission to shed the worries of the real world you just left behind!
The turquoise blue waters that surrounds Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West is a treasure trove both above and below. Divers and snorkeler’s splash down into the only living coral reef in North America to discover nature’s idea of an aquarium, while fishermen anticipate the challenge of catching their dinner and kite surfers await the caress of the light trade winds.
On land discover the art galleries, independently owned cafes, varied museums or just sit and relax in the abundant sunshine and recharge your batteries. Then celebrate the setting of the sun each night, at any time of year, by enjoying a cocktail or two, the local live music, authentic diverse cuisine and lively atmosphere.
The Florida Keys and Key West has welcomed travellers for hundreds of years giving safe harbours to explorers, pirates, rum runners and now tourists. Whichever category you fall into we invite you to discover the Conch Republic and most importantly ‘Come As You Are’!”
Areas of Interest
Attractions in Florida Key's and Key West
The Overseas Highway: If you’ve rented a car then driving over the ocean-skimming highway is an experience in itself. Gorgeous weather, stunning scenery and make US1 ideal for a road trip.
Key Largo is the first stop on the overseas highway and largest of the keys. John Pennekamp State Park is the best site for diving or taking a glass-bottom boat trip, also there's The Caribbean Shipwreak Museum or Swimming with Dolphins. Take a boat trip on the famous African Queen.
Day trips in Islamorada
Islamorada, long recognised as the "Sport Fishing Capital of the World," This might be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water. With a fleet of highly-skilled recreational fishing captains, Islamorada's reputation as The Sport Fishing Capital of the World is well earned.
Day Trips in Marathon
Crane Point - Tucked away amid the heart of the Marathon shopping district lies a 64-acre tropical oasis of hardwood trees, nature trails and educational displays for adults and children.
Dolphin Research Centre - Bring your family to meet with the family of dolphins and sea lions. Spend an hour or stay all day learning about these incredible marine mammals. Dolphin Research Centre, a not-for-profit research and educational facility offers several exciting daily presentations. Enjoy dolphin swims and other encounters, as well as other fun chances to touch a dolphin.
Turtle Hospital – visit the Turtle Hospital and see how they rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, learn how they conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles and work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
Historic Pigeon Key - Visitors to Pigeon Key venture back in time to a tiny island that played a tremendous role in the Florida Keys of today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this five-acre property served as a home base for railroad workers erecting and later operating the final installment of Henry M. Flagler's Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway: the Old Seven-Mile Bridge.
Key West: Once to get to America's Last Resort you'll Instantly feel the influence of this eccentric and carefree bohemian island treasure.
From the Ernest Hemingway Museum to the Key West Botanical Forest, Key West has something for all ages and even has a ghost tour that takes visitors on a walking tour through town and highlights all the haunted homes. The Key West Aquarium is worth a visit if you've ever wanted to pet a shark.
Ernest Hemingway Museum
In the evening, soak up the atmosphere at outdoor picnic tables at Schooner Wharf during cocktail hour or for something a little more left-field, Mallory Square hosts a daily sunset ritual with fire-eaters, jugglers and buskers. It is impossible not to fall for the charm and colour of America's Southernmost city!
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Key Largo: Try Snappers for alfresco dining on Seaside Avenue. Fresh seafood prepared with a great fusion of Mexican, Caribbean and Cuban flavours. Coconuts Restaurant on the Marina del Mar has great food and great entertainment; like dancing and diving! There are also rooms in the hotel above.
On the Journey: Marathon is located right in the middle of the Keys just before the 7 mile bridge. While it is a resort in its own right it is a great place to stop and eat. The Highway Cafe at Rainow serves up seafood and salads with breathtaking views.Tom's Harbour House is a spacious harbourfront restaurant famous locally for Tom's Seafood Tower and prime steaks
Key West: Is full of cuisine from all over the world! From great Italians like 'La Trattoria' on Duvall St. to 'Alonso's Oyster Bar' on Schooner wharf to taking an all inclusive sunset dinner cruise. There are plenty of contemporary American restaurants where you can eat indoors and move outside for Happy Hour. The Sunset Bar & Grille is a great place to watch the sunset and a perfect oceanfront venue sitting at the foot of the Historic 7 Mile Bridge! It looks like a thatched south seas tiki hut and has a large oceanfront deck with one of the largest pools in the Florida Keys! The food is ecellent offering fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, burgers, raw bar, sushi, salads and whole more.
Conch Traders on Front Street, Key West sells all manner of beautiful island related stuff including coral keyrings, jewellery and prints from local artists. Along Duvall St. most of the restaurants combine dining with shopping and have unique souvenirs. There's also Evan & Elle which has designer clothing and accessories and numerous stalls selling cupcakes and coffee, Key West Cigars, jewellery and of course, Ice Cream.
Weather in Florida Key's and Key West
The Florida Keys have a mild tropical -maritime climate which means the temperatures from summer to winter rarely differ by more than 10'C. So.... pretty much Guaranteed Sunshine all year!
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