Journey Through the Florida Keys- Introduction


A Local’s Guide to Travelling through and Enjoying Paradise


As mainland Florida disappears into the passing reflections of your rearview mirror, and you become engulfed in the tranquil blues and greens of the Atlantic and Florida Bay waters, you soon realize that you’ve entered a part of the country that is truly unique.

A land unimpeded by sky-rise office buildings, rush-hour traffic jams and bright city lights. A place where nature overshadows development; where there are more saltwater canals and channels, than paved roads and parking lots; and where the preferred method of travel is by boat or bicycle, not by car or truck.

You’ve come upon a chain of islands where history is remembered through abandoned bridges, sunken fishing boats, hurricane monuments, and long lost lobster traps. A destination where anglers head to pursue world-record catches; divers and snorkelers voyage to explore the only living coral reef system in the continental United States; and visitors from around the globe travel to enjoy year-round sunshine, and balmy tropical temperatures.

You have arrived in the Florida Keys, and your journey into paradise begins here, with

We’ve created a comprehensive Guide to the Florida Keys, that will assist you along the way as you embark on one of the world’s most scenic and enjoyable drives.

florida-keys-lobster-trapsWe’ll share with you our favorite activities; our must see attractions; the restaurants we eat at; and the hotels and accommodations that we recommend to our friends (when we get tired of them sleeping on our couches). This is an unbiased guide, written from a local’s point of view, that we hope will help you discover all the reasons we live, work, and enjoy life in the beautiful Florida Keys.

So follow along as we travel to Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine & the Lower Florida Keys, and finally Key West.

First stop:Key Largo chairs_dock_florida_keys


A quick note about Mile Markers: In the Florida Keys, businesses and attractions are referenced by the green mile markers (MMs) located alongside the Overseas Highway (US-1). These begin in Key West (MM 0), and increase as you head east and then north to Florida City (MM 127.5). Throughout this guide we will refer to locations by the mile markers closest to them. “Bayside,” or “Gulfside,” refers to the right-hand side of the road if you are travelling towards Key West. “Oceanside” will be on your left. If travelling away from Key West, Bayside or Gulfside will be on your left, and the Atlantic Ocean will be on your right. Throughout this guide we will refer to the Bayside or Gulfside with a “B,” and the Oceanside with an “O.”

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2 comments on “Journey Through the Florida Keys- Introduction

  1. Hey, my name is Nate Buchanan and I am student at the University of Tennessee. I wanted to start out by saying thanks for this great resource you have created, and also that the picture rock.

    I got to visit the Keys for the first time last December. I stay and Islamarado for a week and did a lot of fishing. My favorite day was the day we rented kayaks and spent all day paddling around docks catching all kinds of fish!

    My friend and I are looking to go back this december the 27- Jan 4. We would like to rent kayaks for the week and spend the whole week fishing. I was hoping you give me a run down of cheap place to stay (Im not opposed to camping) and somewhere that has great water to fish in a kayak.

    Thanks for all your help

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