The Florida Keys, also known as the American Caribbean or Florida’s Out Islands, are in close proximity to mainland Florida, but miles away from commonplace. They are a series of more than 700 islands off the southern tip of Florida, which can mostly be reached only by boat. However, there is a road, Highway 1, which links the main islands, being about 106 miles long, beginning at Key Largo and ending at Key West. It is a 3 to 4 hours journey, mainly due to the road being crowded and mostly a two lane outside the major cities.
In the Keys, the only living coral reef in the continental United States is located just offshore, so snorkeling and diving are popular. There are even smaller patch reefs nearby. In Key West, there are some small reefs close to the beach where the waters, in the Keys, are very clear and warm most parts of the year. There are also lots of glass-bottom boat tours available from every major town in the Keys.
The beach at Bahia Honda State Park, in the north of Key West is one of the most attractive beaches in Florida. While Key Largo and Key West have the most attractions, there are some others scattered up and down the islands. There are sites such as the Theater of the Sea, the Key West Aquarium, Mallory Square and any of the Key West trolley tours.
Fishing is very popular in the Florida Keys. A private boat can be chartered or a spot on a drift boat can be booked or even a back country guide can be hired, or also fishing can be done from a bridge. Depending on the season, popular fish are available, however, jacks and grouper are almost always there. Other fish such as dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo, tuna, snapper, billfish and bonefish are also found.
From north to south, the 4 main cities in the Florida Keys are Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West. They give the options for staying in anything from a quaint mom and pop motel to a fancy resort.
If already in the United States, at any rate, a passport is not required in order to visit the Florida Keys. Life can get monotonous with the daily urban life, with worries of work and money wearing you down. A vacation to the Florida Keys is a good way to escape the unbearable city. It allows you to relax and recharge your mental batteries.
The Florida Keys, a chain of islands off the southern tip of the state of Florida has the water activities as one of its main attraction. But this place has much more to offer.
There are various Florida Keys vacation rentals, from Key West to Key Largo, which offer some wonderful choices in homes, villas, cabins, cottages, condos for rent, and much more. You can spend some outstanding time in Florida Keys by renting a home, duplex, condominium or villa, or even a luxurious boat for a week or two.
The various Florida-based vacation rental companies offer the ease and privacy of a home, with the choice to eat out or in, relax or enjoy various adventures you that you always wanted to experience. Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key, Islamorada Key Colony Beach, Key Largo, Key West, Little Torch Key, Marathon Ramrod Key, Sugarloaf Key, Summerland Key and Tavernier are some of the Florida Keys vacation spots where you can enjoy the beaches with family and friends.
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