Florida Keys and Key West Florida
Pathway to a serene beach in Key West
Enjoying the vibrant atmostphere of Sunset Pier in Key West
Strolling and shopping in downtown Key West
Kiteboarding across the crystal-clear water of Islamorada
Sea turtle resting on the Coast Guard cutter Duane in Key Largo
Protected Key deer in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key
Seven Mile Bridge connecting Knight's Key in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys
Aerial view of the tropical Keys surrounded by bright blue water
Fishing, diving and beaches on idyllic islands
This journey transports you through hundreds of little islands nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Overseas Highway begins in Key Largo, home of Everglades National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which is popular among eco-adventurists because of its many activities, including kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and snorkeling. Go back in time to historic Tavernier or enjoy a family outing at Harry Harris Park.
Continue south to experience Islamorada, known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. This village of islands prides itself on fresh seafood, fine dining and plenty of marinas. An artisan village is chock full of colorful arts, crafts and other island treasures.
Just beyond, you’ll reach Marathon, a retreat for families and boating with its plentiful activities, accommodations and marinas. You’ll feel like you’re driving on water as you cruise over the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. You can also take part in a dolphin encounter where the original 1963 "Flipper" movie was shot.
The pace slows down as you enter Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys. You can see endangered Key deer as they feed and frolic in the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge, which is home to several hundred of the miniature deer. If you want to find out what a gorgeous beach is really about, visit Bahia Honda State Park, one of the nation’s top beaches. Stay for the beautiful camping, marinas and picnic grounds.
After leaving the Lower Keys, you’ll reach Key West, the end of the road and the southernmost point in the continental USA. John Audubon and Ernest Hemingway once lived here. One had a passion for conservation, and the other, a great zest for living. That combination exemplifies Key West’s unique personality. You no longer need a car. You can tour the city by foot, bicycle, trolley or electric car and enjoy the village, theaters, museums, galleries, sidewalk cafes and legendary pubs.
Author Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West, and there is an annual Hemingway look-alike contest in his honor.