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Florida Holidays - Exploring the Florida Keys

Florida Keys Holidays

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Florida Keys Holidays

Visit the Florida Keys and immediately experience the laid-back atmosphere that is unique and a world away from big cities and theme parks.

A cluster of islands that begins just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are connected by the Overseas Highway’s 43 bridges — one seven miles long — over the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

The area is divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. Each region has its own special flavour, attractions including historic museums, flora, fauna, seafood restaurants, fishing, diving, water sports and unique, boutique-type shopping experiences.

Vistas of the Keys are dominated by emerald-green lagoons, deep-blue seas, nodding palms, rustling pines and olive-green mangroves. Sharing this eco-paradise are white herons, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, sea gulls, ospreys and countless underwater creatures.

The coastal waters of the entire 126-mile island chain, including its shallow water flats, mangrove islets and coral reefs, have been designated the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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Top 5 Things To Do in Florida Keys

Drive on the Seven Mile Bridge - This historic road (US1) that connects all the islands is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever have with beautiful views of the emerald waters.
Dive through coral reefs - The Florida Keys is home to the only living coral reef in the USA. It lies only a few miles seaward and extends for 4 miles. The densest part of the reef is found seaward of Key Largo.
Hemingway Home and Museum - While on Key West take a trip to the famous author’s tropical holiday home. There’s a 30 minute tour led by a group of enthusiastic literary lovers that runs every 15 minutes.
Dry Tortugas National Park - Take a day trip to these seven historical islands that lie 70 miles west of Key West. Here you’ll find the Fort Jefferson National Monument as well as coral reefs that lie just 10 feet from the shore.
Watch the sunset - If you ask anyone who has visited the Florida Keys what was the most break-taking part, they will say watching the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico. Settle down on one of the many beaches and let this natural wonder take over you.

Florida Keys Holiday Highlights

The Florida Keys has fantastic diving, amazing seafood, and some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. This unspoilt string of coral islands dots the emerald waters off the south coast of Florida and are home to the only living coral barrier reef in the United States. Dive into a stunning underwater world of shimmering marine life, discover an abundance of flora and fauna both above and beneath the waves.

When to Visit

  • Jan
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  • Sep
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  • Nov
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  • Currency US Dollars ($)
  • Flying time from UK 10 1/2 Hours
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.

The food in the Keys was amazing, we came across a hole-in-the-wall street food Cafe, Frita's Cuban Burgers which became our go-to place for food (and a beer) on the move. My favourite thing about my time in the Keys was the diving trip, we did an excursion with Dive Key West, the largest dive facility in the Keys and it was fabulous to deep dive in the outer reef amongst corals, gorgonians and larger fish found in the Florida Keys. We also went paddle-boarding through Key West's calm turquoise waters with Lazy Dog Adventures which was a lovely way to spend a morning and we even spotted tropical fish, crabs and sea cucumbers.

Lesleyanne -Social Media Executive