The Florida Keys are a coral archipelago beginning at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 24 km south of Miami. They divide the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west. It has a colourful past, but today is known for its laid-back atmosphere that attracts artists, writers and those who love the sea.
Each year, thousands of pleasure boaters visit the Florida Keys to fish, dive, snorkel and enjoy a wealth of activities on the water, including kayaking and paddle board sports. Dive to find the many sunken ships that reflect its history.
It’s a fisher’s paradise. The International Game Fish Association says that more saltwater world records have been established in the Florida Keys than any other angling destination on the globe. Hire a charter boat or flats’ guide for the best fishing. The Keys captain offers local expertise and full equipment and possesses the necessary state fishing licenses required for all Florida visitors or residents.
The islands’ creative community is vibrant and varied, attracting national and international people who want a special experience. This includes live theatre, food and wine festivals, sailfish and sailfly challenges, literary seminars, symphony concerts – and great eating in terrific restaurants.
Check out Key West, Key Largo, Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, Marathon and Islamorada because each area has its own flavour.
- Don’t expect The Keys to be at all similar to the rest of Florida.
- The first key, Key Largo, is an hour’s drive from South Florida’s two major airports.
- The winter weather average is 24ºC. The summer weather high is 36ºC.
- Visit author Ernest Hemingway’s home, now a museum.
For more, visit www.fla-keys.com.