Key LargoUnited States of America

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Famous for being “The Diving Capital of the World,” Key Largo is home to continental America’s only living coral reef and is known for its eco-friendly tourism.

Home to the United States' only living coral reef, Key Largo offers world-class diving and fishing, immaculate beaches and remote ecosystems.

Key Largo, a narrow barrier isle stretching 33 miles (53 kilometers) is the largest and northernmost island in a chain of islands called the Florida Keys. Key Largo is easily accessible from the mainland via two routes: the Card Sound Bridge and U.S. Route 1. The latter of these continues to run down the middle of the island, and is lined by many hotels, restaurants and bars. This route is a four-lane highway, and many sections run parallel to the Florida Keys' Overseas Heritage Trail, for visitors who also want to travel the Keys by bicycle.

Once on the island, ecotourists will appreciate Key Largo’s many opportunities for exploring. To the west, you’ll find the Everglades National Park. Here, you can kayak through secluded brackish waters, where the freshwater of the Everglades mixes with the Florida Bay saltwater. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, manatees, alligators and sea turtles, all of which inhabit these waters.

To the east of the island is the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Dive below the surface to see the colorful underwater world of fragile living reefs. The park has many amenities, including kayak and boat rentals, nature trails and numerous campsites with electricity and water.

One of the iconic and most photographed offshore attributes in waters adjacent to the park is a 4,00 pound bronze statue of Jesus, known as the Christ of the Abyss, which sits on the ocean floor at a depth of 25 feet (7.6 meters) at a site called the Key Largo Dry Rocks.

Another popular location for scuba divers and snorkelers is the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) offshore. Be sure to read the regulations before exploring the sanctuary and follow the rules to help protect and conserve this fragile habitat.

Back on land, the opportunities for wildlife watching continue. Visit the boardwalk of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to see rescued wild birds, including hawks, egrets and spoonbills.

Where to stay in Key Largo

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

Rock Harbor

While Rock Harbor isn't home to many top sights, Dolphins Plus and Dolphins Plus Bayside are some notable places to visit nearby.

Rock Harbor
Kings Kamp has been our go to RV park in Key Largo for over 3 winters in a row. No frills or luxuries, only by the water as every RV place in the Keys is increasing in price, and so is Kings Kamp, but still ok relative to the new ones! #rvpark #floridakeys #sunset #waterfront #rvlife #fulltimervers
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Anglers Park

4.5/5Wonderful!(28 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Anglers Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Key Largo Undersea Park are top sights worth seeing.

Anglers Park
Mama and baby manatees getting their Bellys tickled and a cool drink of fresh water. They are laying on their backs for the tickle.
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Pirates Cove

While Pirates Cove might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Dolphins Plus and Dolphins Plus Bayside.

Pirates Cove
Great Crispy Mahi Wrap.
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Ocean Isle Estates

While there might not be top attractions in Ocean Isle Estates, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Ocean Isle Estates

Top Hotels in Key Largo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
$306
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Nestled on the beach, this Key Largo resort is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bluefin Rock Harbor Marina and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Dolphins Plus. John Pennekamp Coral Reef ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (295 reviews)

"Beautiful property and service ! Would go back again and again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Bayside Inn Key Largo
Bayside Inn Key Largo
3 out of 5
99490 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
$199
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Key Largo, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 3 mi (5 km) of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Dolphins Plus Bayside. Laura ...

4.3/5Excellent! (143 reviews)

"LikeD the beach access, small but nice. The rest is ordinary but all good, functional and clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Bayside Inn Key Largo
Waterside Suites & Marina
Waterside Suites & Marina
3.5 out of 5
201 Ocean Drive, Key Largo, FL
$215
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Dolphins Plus, and Dolphins Plus Bayside. Bluefin Rock ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (154 reviews)

"The staff were wonderful! The lodging was spotless and quaint."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Waterside Suites & Marina

Popular things to do in Key Largo

Dolphins Plus Bayside
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Dolphins Plus Bayside

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Take a dive on the wild side to swim with dolphins and participate in sea lion training sessions at this Key Largo marine center.

Dolphins Plus
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Dolphins Plus

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Dolphins Plus during your stay in Key Largo. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the snorkeling spots.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
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Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

You can find out about the history of Rock Harbor with a visit to Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Top activities in Key Largo

Snorkel With Dolphins
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Snorkel With Dolphins

$150
Per adult
Florida Keys Tropical Fish & Coral Reef Snorkeling Tour
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Florida Keys Tropical Fish & Coral Reef Snorkeling Tour

$75
Per adult
2 Hour Kayak or Paddle Board
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2 Hour Kayak or Paddle Board

$20
Per adult
Key Largo Snorkeling Adventure
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Key Largo Snorkeling Adventure

$221
Per adult
Try Scuba Diving
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Try Scuba Diving

$199
Per adult
Florida Keys Boat Eco Tour
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Florida Keys Boat Eco Tour

$59
Per adult

Reviews of Key Largo

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
554
5 - Excellent 46.59377628259041%
4 - Good
489
4 - Good 41.12699747687132%
3 - Okay
120
3 - Okay 10.09251471825063%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 1.2615643397813288%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 0.9251471825063078%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

Beautiful place with lots to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Roe

Feb 5, 2020

Went to Rainbow Reef for scuba dive lessons. Bella was great and made us feel comfortable to dive. Sailors Choice is an excellent boat for 1/2 day fishing trips.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Wonderful seafood!!!

4/5 - Good

Shelly

Feb 1, 2020

Depending on where you stay you will have to travel to restaurants and attractions. We expected this so it wasn’t a huge deal. Had a great time overall!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

It was ok, but lots of tourist traps and overpriced restaurants. Though there are places I’d definitely visit again, as a person who enjoys nature I’ll probably stay farther south near Bahia Honda state park, which we spent a lot of time at.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

Our goal was visiting Key west and Biscayne NP. So we decided to stay somewhere in the middle with affordable prices.