The Florida Keys is an archipelago that sits just off the south coast of mainland Florida. The islands are only 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Miami. The region is a hot spot for vacationers due to its tropical climate, sandy beaches and coral reef. Popular activities include diving, snorkeling and sunbathing.
You can fly to the Key West International Airport on regularly scheduled commercial flights. Charter and private aircraft are serviced at the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport in the city of Marathon, which sits in the centre of the archipeligo, as well as the Summerland Key Airfield further south.
Alternatively, take the Overseas Highway to the island of Key Largo, a journey of one hour's drive from Miami. At Key Largo, you can marvel at the colorful fish and underwater wonders at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and check out the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Botanical State Park.
Spend the afternoon in the region of Islamorada, which comprises several islands. Try your hand at fishing. Swim with dolphins at the Theater of the Sea. Then, meander along hiking paths or learn about the islands’ history at Indian Key Historic State Park.
Keep moving south to the town of Marathon. Attend seafood festivals in the family-orientated region. Relax on Sombrero Beach. Follow some of the trails through the 64 acres (26 hectares) of Crane Point. The Seven Mile Bridge connects Marathon to the southern islands of the Florida Keys. Take part in the annual fun run across the bridge in April.
On the other side of the bridge, explore Big Pine Key’s The Blue Hole, an old limestone quarry filled with fresh water where all types of wildlife congregate. It is part of the National Key Deer Refuge. Backcountry kayak and paddle boarding trips are a famous pastime here.
Complete your tour of the archipelago at Key West, the southernmost point of the Florida Keys. Learn about the history and culture of the area through attractions such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum where the famous author wrote some of his famous works.
Dancing, Sunsets and Sea
Meet six-toed cats and watch as the life of one America’s great writers unfolds before your eyes at his former home.
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Key West. Wander the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.
Key West’s popular party beach has an electric atmosphere on the weekends and is a destination for water sports lovers.
Snap a memorable photograph from the edge of North America at this monumental landmark.
Arrive at this square at day’s end to find street performers, food carts and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the United States.
Play beach games; go swimming, kayaking or snorkeling; and lounge in the sun at one of Marathon’s most visited beaches.
Enjoy a beautiful Key West sunset aboard a luxurious catamaran. Relax on deck and sip some cool champagne as you gaze out toward the Key West skyline, spotting historic landmarks framed by the fading hues of twilight.
Slip toward the sun as it dips below the horizon on a spectacular sailing adventure in Key West. Listen to live music with a Caribbean flair, snack on tasty appetizers along the way, and raise a glass to the day's last light with included beverages like beer, wine, champagne, and margaritas.
Enjoy 6 hours of exhilarating aquatic activities in the warm waters off Key West. Sail out past the historic harbor, snorkel in the reef, and then—during a 3-hour block of free time—choose from jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, or paddle boarding off a floating barge.
Travel off the typical tourist paths to uncover the authentic flavors of Key West. With an in-the-know guide leading the way, dine like a local on samples like fresh seafood and classic Key lime pie while learning about the history of the city and the influence of Caribbean cuisine on its culture.
Leave your worries behind and spend the late afternoon snorkeling around the third largest coral reef in the world. Then relax on the sail back with a breathtaking sunset in the distance and a glass of rum punch in your hand.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154, USA The Haulover Sandbar, sandwiched between the ocean inlet and Sandspur Island (also called Beer Can Island), draws weekend crowds in the hundreds.