The Florida Keys
The keys are connected by the Overseas Highway. Key West is the last key and the city of Key West is the most populated of the keys. Key West is closer to Havana than Miami.
Upper Keys: Key Biscayne, Largo, Tavernier Key, Islamorado.
Middle Keys: Craig, Fiesta, Rattlesnake, Long, Conch, Duck, Grassy, Deer, Vaca, Marathon, Boot.
Lower Keys: Bahia Honda, W. Summerland, No Name, Big Pine, Torch, Ramrod, Summerland, Cudjoe, Sugarloaf, Saddlebunch,
Big Coppitt, Boca Chica, Key Haven, Key West.
The uniqueness of the Florida Keys has captivated explorers and visitors for a long, long time. Over six million visitors come to the Florida Keys every year to enjoy the incredible coral reef system, the clear azure blue waters, world renowned bountiful fishing and world class diving with 120 feet of water visibility and large schools of fish and colorful coral formations to see. Visitors come to vacation, look for a business or a place to retire. The 120 miles of the Florida Keys island chain is home to the only North American living coral barrier reef. Preserving the reef is a top priority and the U.S. Government established the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 2800 sq. nautical miles to ensure this preservation.
Because the Florida Keys are surrounded by cooling ocean waters and breezes, the temperatures in the Florida Keys is an average 89 degrees, at the peak of summer. In the winter months a delightful mid to upper 70’s.Water temperatures- Summer 82-89 degrees and Winter 75-79 degrees.
There is so much to do in the Florida Keys, fishing, diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, swimming with the dolphins, fabulous shopping, dining, and much more.
For the shellers there are many different seashells “treasures from the sea”, to be found. To learn about shells Conchologistsofamerica.org. Great information.
The State Parks on the Florida Keys offer camping and rental cabins. At Bahia Honda State Park, on Bahia Honda Key is the best sandy beach.
On Marathon Key there is an airport, a hospital, also The Dolphin Research Center and the world’s only State Certified Veterinary sea turtle hospital.
In the Florida Keys there are over 600 varieties of fish. One can see schools of colorful fish such as the parrotfish, angelfish, pufferfish, triggerfish, trumperies, snook, flounder, jewfish and even turtles. The Florida Keys sealife that typically school in large numbers along the reef are gray snapper, spadefish, horse eye jacks, copper sweepers, Bermuda chubs, sergeant majors, even the barracuda and blue tang often school together on the Florida Keys reef. There are over 47 varieties of exotic formations of coral such as stag, brain and elkhorn and the dainty sea fans. Earnest Hemingway, an ardent fisherman and Key West resident, fished the waters of the Florida Straits between Cuba and Key West for the giant Blue Marlin and Sailfish. For the backcountry and flats fishermen, using light spinning and fly tackle, fish for many species including the tarpon and bonefish
Snorkeling is a great family sport and with the clear blue azure waters of the Florida Keys the whole family can enjoy the beauty of the Florida Keys living coral reef
There are so many things to do when you come to the Florida Keys and at the end of a perfect fun day watching the most spectacular sunsets. Come visit the Florida Keys and store a wealth of wonderful memories. What are you waiting for?