In Review: The Florida Keys
Americas tropical island chain
The first key is Key Largo. We stayed here as it was closest to Miami and the airport. The landscape is a mix of tropical and marshy lands. It is beautiful but does not compare to the other islands of Key West and Islamorada!
This island is at the top half of the island chain and has many tourist attractions such as dolphin encounters at Theater of the Sea and snorkeling/diving trips. Here you are out of the everglade environment and emerged into a tropical paradise.
This 'zone' is made up of many islands and is the middle of the keys. Mostly residential, it is hard to find large hotels and things to do here!
The Lower Keys
As the name hints these islands are at the end of the stretch! They are a great places to find beaches, snorkeling, and private islands! Clear blue waters and tons of sea life live here.
Key West was by far my favorite place to visit. It has numerous things to do and the historical, pastel homes add to the good vibes in Key West! Many call it the Bahamas of America. Located 90 miles from Cuba, tons of Cuban culture is here as well. A common misconception about the Keys is that they have amazing beaches! Many of these islands don't have beaches and are mostly rocky or used as a port/harbor. If you are looking for tons of beach time... these islands might not be your favorite.