Welcome to “America’s Caribbean!”
Starting at the end of Florida’s mainland, The Florida Keys consist of a chain of islands that stretch approximately 110 miles off of Florida’s tip. They’re placed in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, which happens to be the southernmost portion of the continental United States. Due to the carefree living, tropical lands, and breathtaking views, they’re also known as America’s Caribbean.
Four Highlighted Must-See Attractions
- The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: Two words: Undersea park! The park contains a variety of marine life species, seagrass beds, beautiful coral reef, and the renowned underwater statue, Christ of the Abyss. It offers snorkeling, boat tours, kayaking and more.
- Sunset at Mallory Square: This event is the perfect way to start an evening of fun. Everyone gathers around to view the amazing sunset while live music plays in the background and local talent shows off their circus-like acts.
- Duval Street: Along this busy street are many restaurants, saloons, and shops to check out a wide range of things. It is full of unique artwork and galleries from artists of all over. Check out when and where themed parties are for a festive night!
- Dry Tortugas National Park: Aboard the Yankee Freedom III from Key West and explore one of the world’s most historic and remarkable attractions. Since it is made up of seven islands, there is definitely something for everyone! The trip offers bird sightseeing, snorkeling, beaches, and many tours of historical landmarks such as Fort Jefferson and where famous author, Ernest Hemingway, loved to fish.
Key Largo: The Beginning and the Biggest
The Florida Keys start with Key Largo, the largest key known for its impressive scuba diving and being the home of the only living coral reef in the area. Its proximity to the Everglades National Park draws tourists from around the world since it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump away. The Everglades is the “largest subtropical wilderness” in the U.S., and it contains endangered species such as the manatee and American crocodile.
Paradise Awaits at the End…
The destination ends in Key West, the southernmost island of the keys. Along with the many sights it has to offer, Duval Street is a must-see. The famous street has spectacular art galleries, showcasing both local and national artists. Visitors can grab a drink and attend a fun themed night along the way, at the popular Capt. Tony’s. After tours and sightseeing, be sure to stop by Mallory Square for the nightly event, “Sunset Fest.” Residents and visitors enjoy the stunning sunset while being entertained by live music and acrobatic acts.
When should you plan your trip?
- Between late December and early April, is the most popular time of year for tourism.
- From June to August, is the second most popular time of year for visitors, residents, and travelers from overseas.
- During late Fall and mid-Winter, the tourist crowds decrease as well as prices with hotels and shops.