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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

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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.

On the tip of the Florida Keys, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, lies the historic island city of Key West. Situated as it is at the gateway to the Caribbean and in close proximity to Cuba, this island supports a vibrant community and a long seafaring and naval tradition,

Key West, also known as the 'Conch Republic', has a distinct Caribbean flavour. The streets of its old quarter are lined with palms and pastel-painted, wooden colonial 'gingerbread' houses. It has been the favoured holiday haunt of greats like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Harry Truman. This is because of its relaxed atmosphere, colourful neighbourhoods, legendary bars and restaurants, offshore fishing opportunities, and lively nightlife. The city also hosts innumerable pageants, parades and festivals, has an active theatre culture, and several heritage museums.

The streets of Key West are attractions by themselves; buskers providing impromptu entertainment for those at sidewalk cafés or browsing the many stores. Visitors on holiday here flock to 'The Bight', the old harbour, to arrange sea trips for fishing, snorkelling, or diving. Nightlife in Key West starts with sunset drinks on the Mallory Dock, before moving on to areas like Bahama Village, and along Duval Street.

Getting Around

Most visitors to Key West choose not to drive because of the great public transport options. Park-and-ride shuttles and buses are available and recommended. A day pass costs $4. Key West is very pedestrian friendly with bike and scooter rentals available, a great alternative to driving as parking in Key West can be difficult.

The Dade-Monroe Express bus runs from Key Marathon to Florida City, offering round trips on the hour and stopping on demand. Greyhound runs a Keys shuttle bus several times a day between Miami International Airport, stopping at all major points along the Keys.

Sight Seeing Overview

Explore one of the world's most scenic and intriguing archipelagos at Key West. The island is a perfect destination for families, as it combines the opportunity for dozens of water-based activities with some cultural and educational sightseeing.

Just beyond Key West are other islets along the Florida Keys chain, perfect for a day trip. Key Largo is known as one of the best places to go scuba-diving. Children can enjoy up-close interactions with marine life at the Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital in Marathon.