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Key West Sunset, Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a stretch of islands extending from the south of Florida, starting just south of Miami to Key West, about 130 miles away. When traveling in the Florida Keys, most resorts, restaurants and attractions list their location by the Mile Marker (MM,) with Mile 0 ending in Key West. Fly into Miami, renting a car to drive for the one hour drive to Key Largo. Alternatively, fly into Key West International. Once in Key West, rent a car only if you’re planning to explore the other islands. Everything else is accessible by foot, bike, scooter, or motorcycle.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are often referred to by their location of Upper, Middle or Lower Keys. Upper Florida Keys include the city of Key Largo, a top diving spot in the US. Among the northernmost of the islands, Key Largo is home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s first underwater marine preserve. In addition, the Everglades National Park extends to the waters just outside the Upper Keys. Dive or snorkel here to see the only living coral eco-system in North America. See if you can spot the iconic Christ of the Abyss, an amazing underwater statue.

Islamorada and Marathon, located in the Middle Florida Keys are home to some of the top sport fishing expeditions and sailing excursions alike. Islamorada hosts many fishing tournaments throughout the year while Marathon is a terrific place to learn how to sail. Popular catches include bonefish, tarpon, Spanish mackerel, grouper, mahi-mahi, marlin and more. With all this fresh seafood, dining here is a feast for your eyes and mouth.

The Lower Florida Keys start in Big Pine Island and end in Key West. The two locations couldn’t be more different. Big Pine Island and the lower keys are the perfect getaway for seclusion and exploring nature. Here you’ll find the best beaches in the Keys, with sandy shores and swaying palms against the broad blue seas. Nestled in the Lower Keys you’ll find Little Torch Key and the Little Palm Island Resort. This luxury resort features private bungalows, only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Ernest Hemingway Home, Key West

In the Southernmost point of the continental US and the western most Florida Key, Key West boasts bustling nightlife, historic attractions, and popular dining spots like Hog’s Breath Saloon and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The palm tree lined streets are designed to get around easily by foot. Diving, fishing, golfing, and sailing are all popular in Key West. Visit historical museums such as the Ernest Hemingway Home or the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Key West continues to fascinate artists today. Find local performers, musicians, and street artists welcoming the sunset nightly. Be sure to take your picture in front of the large buoy signifying you are as far south as you can go. The iconic marker stating, “90 miles to Cuba,” is a great spot to take in the bright golden sunset.

Tightrope Sunset Celebration in Key West

For a good time, stroll over to Duval Street in Key West. Home to many famous restaurants and bars, Duval Street often closes to traffic for street parties and festivals. One of the biggest festivals in Key West is Fantasy Fest, a Mardi Gras-like festival including balls, a parade and costume parties, held in the last week of October.

No matter your taste in islands, you’ll find the perfect one among the Florida Keys. From diving to dining, seclusion to sunbathing, the Florida Keys offer something for every traveler. To schedule your tropical island getaway, contact the experts at Luxe Travel today. Call 1-866-365-8747 for more information.

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