Florida Keys

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Higgs Beach showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes as well as a large group of people

Swim with dolphins, snorkel over coral reefs, visit Ernest Hemingway’s home or just relax on a beach and enjoy the balmy climate of this beautiful group of islands.

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.

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Where to stay in Florida Keys

Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
4 out of 5
1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
The price is $135 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in the heart of Marathon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Turtle Hospital and Pigeon Key Foundation. Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (955 reviews)
"It was a nice property and we felt safe. The rooms were sufficient for our needs. The food prices were a little high for breakfast."

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
97000 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
The price is $287 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This Key Largo hotel is on the beach, 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bluefin Rock Harbor Marina, and within 6 mi (10 km) of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Harry ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (721 reviews)
"Tequila bar was fabulous for serious tequila aficionado."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Amara Cay Resort
Amara Cay Resort
3.5 out of 5
80001 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL
The price is $204 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Nestled on the beach, this Islamorada hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bud n' Mary's Dive Center and Indian Key Historic State Park. Hurricane Monument and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"Perfect for a relaxing stay by the water. While they offered activities to purchase, just enjoying the beautiful ocean breeze, laying in one of the many chairs on the beach or by the saltwater pool, outdoor game area, and nighttime fire pits provided plenty of things to do. They offer enough food ..."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Amara Cay Resort
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Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
3 out of 5
40 Kyle Way W, Marathon, FL
The price is $99 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vaca Key and Pigeon Key Foundation. The Turtle Hospital and Fishermen's Community Hospital ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (723 reviews)
"Scenic view"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Captain Pip's at Knight's Key Inn
Coconut Cove Resort and Marina
Coconut Cove Resort and Marina
2.5 out of 5
84801 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL
The price is $119 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
This family-friendly Islamorada aparthotel is located on the Strip, just steps from Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and Theater of the Sea. Founders ...
3.3/5 (331 reviews)
"Conveniently located in the center. Great staff. Very friendly and helpful. Kitchen was useful."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

Coconut Cove Resort and Marina
Skipjack Resort & Marina
Skipjack Resort & Marina
3 out of 5
19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL
The price is $199 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Marathon, this golf aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Florida Keys Country Club and Crane Point Museum and Nature Center. Fishermen's Community ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (744 reviews)
"Loved the marina"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Skipjack Resort & Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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