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Key West and Florida Keys


Laid back, easy going and the allure of natural
beauty make the keys a world class destination.

It’s hard to tell whether the Florida Keys are part of the United States, or another country in the Caribbean sea – the Florida Keys and Key West are just so out of this world that it’s hard to be sure exactly where you are. There is a sense of the renegade spirit among the locals – it was only half in jest when the keys declared their independence from the US and formed the Conch Republic to protest drug interdiction road blocks on US1. Key West is also called the Southernmost City, and Caya Hueso, the Spanish name for the Island. Yet another name is Bone Island - for the native America human remains found here when the Spanish came.

But wherever you think you are, if you’ve arrived in the keys, you joined others who love the area for all the warm watersports – world class fishing, snorkeling and diving – kayaking, sailing, swimming, dolphin encounters – anything to get on the water.

The water is truly the main attraction – and it’s protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary from Key Largo through the fabled Fort Jefferson National Park in the Dry Tortugas – some 70 miles west of Key West. Underwater sightseers will find plentiful sea life – colorful tropicals, game fish, turtles, conch, sea fans and manta rays abound.

Keys Vacation Rentals

If you would be more comfortable in a house rather than a hotel room, Key West and the Florida Keys offer many excellent choices for vacation rental homes:

  • Key Colony Beach Realty offers vacation rentals in Key Colony Beach in the middle Florida Keys, just above Marathon. All the houses are waterfront and fully furnished vacation homes. And just in case you're ready to make paradise your home, you will find properties for sale, too.
  • Seaclusion is a spectacular 5 bedroom rental home in Summerland Key. There is a pool, 35' foot dock and lovely landscaped grounds. Summerland is a short 25 mile drive to Key West, and close to the amenities of Big Pine. Looe Key is only a few miles offshore and, of course, the fishing is great!
  • Steve and Sylvie's Florida Keys vacation rental will help you discover all that the Keys has to offer Holidaymakers. One bedroom unit sleeps four.
  • Keys Vacation Rentals has a selection of Florida Keys homes available from owners and agents - including information on an upscale luxury rental home in Key Largo's Ocean Reef Club neighborhood. 

Key West, Florida Keys and South Florida Fishing Charters:

  • Key West Fishing Tales - Deep sea sport fishing in Key West's offshore waters aboard the Mr. Z, a 46' Bertram sport fishing yacht. "If it swims, we can catch it!" This deep sea sportfishing charter boasts two captains. And one of them has a sense of humor. Check out the captain's blog to and Captain Jay's fishing reports to learn about the flavor of this Key West based charter. Key West Fish Tales also has information on all other types of fishing charters available in Key West - from party boats, and flats fishing, backcountry guides and light tackle charters - a style of fishing developed by keys charter captains and anglers to make the sport more challenging.
  • If you love offshore sport fishing, you will absolutely love fishing with Captain Craig on the ABSOLUT. His newest fishing charter will take you to the Gulfsream to target the big game fish or along the reef to catch your dinner. Either way, you'll catch fish!
  • Experience the thrill that Papa Hemingway found fishing in Key West with Captain Richard Houde on the charterboat Southbound. Reef or deep sea fishing for sailfish, marlin, wahoo, tuna, barracuda, shark, tarpon, grouper, and snapper.
  • Captain/Guide Dan Dempsey offers non stop excitement. In the backcountry or flats off Key West you will target big game fish - sharks, tarpon - whatever's hungry! Check out the photo gallery of recent catches to get a taste of what you might experience with this fishing guide!
  • Jump into the action before you even get to the Overseas Highway, with a Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charter adventure. The Never Enough is a 26-foot Intrepid set up for forms of light tackle fishing.
  • Islamorada Fishing Charter with Captain Cliff - Florida keys fishing charters with Captain Cliff. Fun filled and action packed fishing trips. Islamorada has the best of Florida keys fishing: flats fishing for tarpon, bonefish, snook, redfish.
  • Islamorada Fishing with Reel Busy Charters - Deep Sea fishing off of the coast of Islamorada.
  • Key Largo Fishing with Sneak Attack Charters.
  • Ernest Hemingway and Key West, the "St. Tropez of the Poor."

Key West Group and Corporate Incentive Travel
Key West Destination Travel and Wedding Planner Nadene Grossman arranges corporate incentive travel to Key West. We've Got the Keys for group travel, events and upscale Key West Weddings.
 


Florida Keys & Key West Accommodations:

  • Florida Keys Hotels - Florida Keys Hotels at DiscoverFloridaKeys.com.
  • Cheap Key West - Key West Bed and Breakfast accommodations, activities, hotels, travel and services.
  •  Fairfield Inn Key West - Best value on Key West, offering affordable rates, free breakfast daily, 2 pools and access to endless activities.
  • Frances Street Bottle Inn - Romantic Key West Bed and Breakfast accommodations located in one of Old Town's finest neighborhoods.

Are you a history buff? Stay in one of the island's earliest historic family estates, The Conch House. This luxurious mansion in the heart of Old Town Key West was restored to its original elegance in 1993. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the lovely inn truly embodies the distinctive character of Key West architecture.

The Islands of Marathon & KCB

The crown jewels of the middle keys, Marathon and Key Colony Beach, are blessed by an abundance of attractions - several nature centers and natural history museums, and lots of choices in accommodations – from small mom and pop operations to elegant vacation rentals. Marathon is also home to the the World Famous Seven Mile Bridge. It’s the longest of the 42 bridges that connect the island chain to the mainland – called the Overseas Highway, this portion of US 1 has been touted as a top ten scenic drive in many travel guides. If you are lucky enough to arrive around sunset, stop on the Marathon side of the bridge or any time.

From there you can walk along the old highway – a part of the original railroad that first connected the keys. Built in 1905 and completed in 1912 by Henry Flagler, 35 or 40 miles of track were washed out in the Hurricane of 1935 (hurricanes were not named then).

You can walk the old bridge all the way out to Pigeon Key, a small island that was once home to the railroad workers. Many of the original buildings still stand and the island is now used by scientists studying the marine life of the keys and visited by tourists. You can also get out there by trolley from Knight Key. From the bridge you are able to spot rays, turtles, and an occasional shark - maybe even a hammerhead.

Seven Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key, Bahia Honda State Park and Bridge

The Lower Keys

On the other side of the 7 mile bridge (which is really only 6.7 miles) lies the lower keys – and another bridge of note – Bahia Honda Bridge – perhaps the most photographed bridge in the keys. It is also the anchor for Bahia Honday State Park – an area of lovely beaches (most of which cannot be seen from the highway – protected swimming and sailboat anchorage and a great jumping off point to diving Looe Key, the coral jewel of the lower keys.

More info on the fascinating conversion of old railway bed into the Overseas Highway.

A few miles west is Big Pine Key, the most unspoiled of all the keys – and the second largest at roughly 3 by 6 miles - only Key Largo is larger. The government or the Nature Conservancy owns most of the land, so despite a commercial corridor of dive shops, restaurants and other conveniences, Big Pine retains the flavor of the early keys life. The island owes its protection to the diminutive Key Deer, a sub-species of the North American White Tailed Deer that is endemic to the lower keys. It was hunted nearly to extinction and in the 1950s a man named Watson sought successfully to protect the deer.

Bertram Yacht & Boat Parts - Located in Marathon, High Tide Marine offers hard to find replacement parts for Bertram Yacht repair.

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Other Spots of Interest in Key West, the Florida Keys and Florida

Hotels in Key West - Hotelsvauled provides online reservations for Key West hotels, especially the cheap and discount hotels in Key West.
Key West Travel Guide - Key West Florida vacation and travel information. Local experts that recommend tours, boat trips, attractions, and restaurants.

Florida's Finest - Places to go and things to do in Florida, produced by native Floridians.
Florida Boating Guide - Florida boating guide to local ports, hotels, resorts and marinas.
Florida Vacation Rentals - Florida Vacation Rentals site searchable by travel date, price range, bedrooms and more. Florida Vacation Rentals with photos and complete description.
Orlando Fishing and Central Florida Fishing Guide - Orlando Florida fishing with Captain Tom Carver. Enjoy an exciting Central Florida fishing adventure for Redfish, Trout, Snook, Tarpon and more. Only 45 minutes from Orlando attractions.

You don’t have to snorkel the reef or even get wet to see the sea creatures of the Florida Keys – you can feed the giant tarpon right from the docks at Robbie’s in Islamorada, visit the Key West Aquarium, or take one of Fury Cat’s glass bottom boat tours.

 


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