This site last updated 01/2013
|The Florida Keys and Key West
have everything you need for
your tropical island vacation -
sailing and other watersports
island style cuisine
exotic bird watching
miles of beautiful turquoise /
the most awesome sunrises
and sunsets anywhere!
What are the Florida Keys?
The Florida Keys, also called the “American Caribbean”, are made up of approximately 1,700 islands
most of which are uninhabited. The islands, or Keys, that are populated are connected by 42 bridges
and stretch some 126 miles from the mainland to the last Key, Key West.
The Florida Keys reef system is the only living coral barrier reef in North America and is the 3rd
largest coral barrier reef in the world. The Florida Keys reef is located from 1 mile to 8 miles offshore
and extends about 221 miles down the coast of South Florida and the Florida Keys from Key
Biscayne (near Miami) to the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles west of Key West. Because the reef protects the
shores of the Florida Keys from the Atlantic surf, the Florida Keys have very few beaches and some
The turquoise-blue waters surrounding the Florida Keys and Key West provide outstanding world-
class flats fishing, back country fishing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, sailing and
other water related activities and makes the Florida Keys and Key West one of the world’s most
popular vacation destinations.
The Florida Keys are located between the Atlanta ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay
in the upper Florida Keys and contains more species of fish than anywhere else in the Atlantic
making the Florida Keys a Fisherman's Dream!! The warm gulf stream current runs just off the coast
of the Florida Keys and creates a path for migrating species of fish. You can catch a number of
different fish in every month of the year in the Florida Keys.
Wherever you go fishing in the Florida Keys, you can use an array of different fishing techniques, each
guaranteed to please any angler - novice or master. Spend the day deep-sea fishing on one of the
three humps located off shore, spend a half day offshore fishing aboard a party boat or if the seas are
rough or you'd just rather have a more relaxing day, spend it in the back country flats fishing.
Scuba divers come from around the world to enjoy the Florida Keys reef system. Since 1990, the
Florida Keys reef system has been protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Not only do we offer outstanding reef diving, but the Florida Keys are home to a wide variety of artificial
reefs for wreck diving.
Visit our "About the Florida Keys" page and the "About Key West" page to see very interesting and
useful Chamber of Commerce videos describing each area of the Florida Keys and Key West. Other
videos are scattered through the site, so enjoy!
This website was designed to give Internet users answers to most often asked questions about the
Florida Keys and Key West and to assist future visitors by providing more choices of lodgings, charter
boat listings, scuba diving shops, sport fishing charters, etc., than any other Florida Keys website for
tourism. We have gathered information from several different sources for content for this site as well
as adding knowledge from our personal experiences living in each area of the Florida Keys. We've
also placed authentic photos taken in the Florida Keys and Key West throughout the site and hope
you enjoy them!
We hope you find what you're looking for! If not, email us and we'll try to get the answer for you.
Highway 1, also called the Overseas Highway, is the only road connecting all
the islands together and connecting the islands to the mainland. Because
everything is either to the right or to the left of the Highway, we call one side
'Oceanside' and the other 'Bayside' or 'Gulf side' with the exception of the
island of Key West because it is at the end of the string of islands. Most of
the time when we describe where something is, we say Mile Marker and the
number. Mile Marker 0 starts the numbering and is in Key West.
We also break the Florida Keys into three main sections - the Upper Keys,
the Middle Keys and the Lower Keys. The Upper Keys is from MM 108 to 65
and is where Key Largo, Tavernier, and Islamorada (the "Village of Islands")
are located. The Middle Keys is from MM 64 to MM 40 and includes the city of
Marathon and the 7-mile bridge. Then the Lower Keys is from MM 40 to 0
and includes Bahia Honda, Big Pine Key, Key West and a few Keys in
between like Little Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Cudjoe Key and Summerland
We’ve organized the Florida Keys accommodations (hotels, resorts, motels,
guesthouses, bed & breakfast) by the area of the Florida Keys – Key Largo &
Islamorada (the Upper Florida Keys area), Marathon (the Middle Florida
Keys area) and then Big Pine Key (the Lower Florida Keys) and Key West.
We further separated Key West accommodations by either resorts, hotels,
motels or bed and breakfast (questhouses). Then sorted them in
We’ve organized the Florida Keys scuba diving and snorkeling charter
listings, Florida Keys boat charters, Florida Keys real estate agent listings,
Florida Keys restaurants and bars, Florida Keys boat rentals, Florida Keys
vacation rentals by the area of the Florida Keys – Key Largo & Islamorada
(the Upper Florida Keys area), Marathon (the Middle Florida Keys area) and
then Big Pine Key and Key West (the Lower Florida Keys and Key West
areas). Then sorted them in alphabetical order.
We’ve organized the Florida Keys charter fishing boat listings by either
offshore fishing (deep sea fishing and light-tackle fishing) or flats fishing
(and back country fishing) and then by the area of the Florida Keys – Key
Largo & Islamorada (the Upper Florida Keys area), Marathon (the Middle
Florida Keys area) and then Big Pine Key and Key West (the Lower Florida
Keys and Key West areas). Then sorted them in alphabetical order.
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