In Review: The Florida Keys Americas tropical island chain
The Florida Keys are a chain of islands 2 hours south of Miami! They are made out of numerous, small islands stretching 120 kilometers off the coast of Florida. They are broken into 5 main island(s)/areas... Key Largo 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! 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. Marathon 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 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.
What to do?
Jet Ski Snorkel Explore wildlife reserves Scuba Explore the Hemingway house Key West ghost tour Key West Landmark (90 miles to Cuba) Everglade fan boat tour Aligator farms Theater of the sea
Where to eat?
Franco & Vinnies Bliss KW Turquoise The Rum Bar The Fish House The Conch Republic
Overall I would give the Florida Keys 4/5 stars! Its great for families and a great way to experience the Caribbean without leaving the country!