1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

The Florida Keys

Like the Bahamas and Bermuda, the Florida Keys are located geographically outside of the Caribbean Sea but are closely associated with the Caribbean in terms of their culture and climate. If you're looking for a Caribbean-style getaway, a trip from the mainland U.S. to the Keys is the only way to get your island groove on without ever having the leave dry land.
  1. Florida Keys Hotels (11)

Top Bars in Key West
With all due respect to New Orleans, Key West is the best party town in the U.S. The weather is great, the people are friendly, the drinks are generous and cheap (especially at Happy Hour), and the atmosphere is safe and fun. You can't possibly drink in all of Key West's bars in one night or even two ... but some people try. My picks for the...

Top Florida Keys Attractions
The 150-mile, 3.5-hour drive from Miami to Key West is something that every traveler should experience at least once, but there's no need to jet straight through to Mallory Square and mile marker zero when there's so much to see along the way. Here are some of the best stops to make as you follow the Overland Highway through the Keys, listed in...

Top Attractions in Key West
Top Attractions in Key West: From presidential history to shipwreck salvagers, there's far more to this one-of-a-kind town than bars and partying.

The Best of Key West
Key West blends relaxing tropical climate, beautiful sunsets, and rich history with an on-the-wild-side nightlife that is an experience of a lifetime. Close your eyes and imagine yourself kicking back in a hammock and sipping a margarita, then join us as we tour some of the best of Key West.

Top Events in the Florida Keys
List of the Best Festivals, Holidays and Celebrations in Key West and the Florida Keys

Best Tours of Key West, Florida
Key West is the southernmost city in the United States, and is located just a few hours south of Miami. It is a very casual and relaxing tropical town, and a very fun place to spend a few days. These tours are all excellent ones you can take to get a good overview of the island. Then, you can decide what to explore further on your own. Note that these are all land tours. Key West also has plenty of tours in and on the water that you can look into as well.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a very popular stop for visitors to Key West. Visitors can view the studio where “Papa” wrote some of his most famous novels and short stories, see the art and antique furniture he collected, and even meet some of the 6-toed cats descended from Hemingway’s own pet cat, Snowball.

Key West Weather - Average Monthly Temperature and Precipitation in Key West
Key West, located in South Florida, has an overall average high temperature of 83° and an average low of 73°.

The Florida Keys: Islamorada
Today, known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," Islamorada is heralded for its angling diversity and features the Keys' largest fleet of offshore charter boats and shallow-water "backcountry" boats. However, there's more to do in the Islamorada area than fishing.

The Florida Keys: Key Largo
Driving from mainland Florida, visitors to the Florida Keys enter the 125-mile subtropical island chain at Key Largo, the longest island in the Keys.

Key West Oldest House Museum and Garden
The Old Island Restoration Foundation maintains Key West's oldest existing house at 322 Duval St. and its gardens as a museum on old Key West.

Key West Aquarium
Visitors to the Key West Aquarium can see a wide variety of tropical fish and game fish of all sizes, as well as American alligators, Green sea turtles, Moon jellyfish, and even nurse, sandbar, and bonnethead sharks. You also get the chance to touch sea stars, sea urchins, giant hermit crabs, and much more in the Touch Tank. Don’t miss the shark feedings that take place several times per day, and you may even get to touch a juvenile nurse shark.

The Romantic Florida Keys
Think of a romantic vacation, and your first thoughts might be of walking hand-in-hand towards a scarlet sunset, or gazing into each others eyes over a candlelit dinner, perhaps with a cool tropical breeze blowing. Many couples are taking that fantasy a step forward, by running away to a tropical island to get married. With a wedding and honeymoon in the same romantic place, it can be hard to remember what the real world is like. Especially in a place like the Florida Keys, where you can leave the bitter cold of winter and touch down in a place that's summer all year round.

The Florida Keys: Marathon
The allure of the Islands of Marathon – the midway point of the Florida Keys, an hour's drive from Key West and Key Largo – emanates from its fascinating history and environmental attractions. The Middle Keys comprise Conch Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key, the Crawl keys, Key Colony Beach, Key Vaca, Fat Deer Key, Knight's Key and Pigeon Key.

The Florida Keys FAQ
Here we'll explore some of the questions I'm most frequently asked about the Keys... What is the weather like?... How are the beaches?... What is the best way to get to the Keys?... What is there to do?... and then we'll give you an overview of each Key. From your About.com Florida guide...

Key West Cruises - Port Call Guide
The best way to see Key West is aboard the Old Town Trolley and Conch Tour Trains. The hour-long ride takes you all around the important sites of Key West, including the Hemingway House, Southernmost Point of the U.S., Harry Truman Little White House, and Duvall Street. The trolley/train covers over 14 miles of old Key West and is narrated with entertaining stories about the city.

Cats of the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Florida
Photo gallery featuring the famous cats living at the Hemingway Home in Key West.

Scuba Diving Treasure Hunters - Treasure Hunters Scuba Dive the Atocha
Mel Fisher’s Treasures is offering a limited number of scuba diving treasure hunters the opportunity to spend a week learning about treasure hunting and go scuba diving at the site of the Atocha wreck off Key West.

Photo Tour of Gay Key West
Historically one of the world's most charming and popular gay resort communities, Key West lies at the very southwestern tip of the Florida keys, just about 90 miles from Cuba. It's famed for its friendly, everybody's-welcome spirit and beautifully preserved historic district. Here's a photo tour of this gay-popular, tropical hideaway.

Florida Keys Spring Break Guide
Step by step guide to planning a Spring Break trip to the Keys -- helpful for visits any time of the year, actually!

Key West Cruising Destination - Sailing Key West
Key West is one of the great American cruising destinations for sailors. In the winter it is perhaps the best place to spend some time on your boat, with great marinas and anchorages and lots to see and do.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo FL
Located in Key Largo, this state park is a gorgeous place to go for an underwater adventure. The living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are full of brilliantly-colored marine life. This is an ideal spot for snorkeling, scuba diving, or a glass-bottom boat trip, and the park makes it easy to arrange these trips at the visitor center.

Key West Tour From Miami - Visit Key West with Miami Nice Tours
Enjoy a scenic drive across 42 bridges and 32 islands from Miami to Key West, where you can see the turquoise, greens, and blues of the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Gulf of Mexico stretching for miles to the west.

Key West Gay Guide - Gay Key West
Historically one of the world's most charming and popular gay resort communities, Key West lies at the very southwestern tip of the Florida keys, just about 90 miles from Cuba. It's famed for its friendly, everybody's-welcome spirit and beautifully preserved historic district. Here's a photo tour of this gay-popular, tropical hideaway.

Conch Republic: Key Largo - Budget Travel -
Key Largo will never be known as budget travel nirvana. Getting there takes time. Hotels are often on the waterfront and charge accordingly. Diving, snorkeling and fishing trips usually require guides and expensive gear. But most who have been there will tell you Key Largo is worth the trouble and expense. Seven miles off its shoreline, you'll find the most spectacular stretch of the world's third-largest reef system.

The Overseas Highway: Miami to Key West
The Overseas Highway, the southernmost leg of U.S. Highway 1 and sometimes called the Highway That Goes to Sea is a modern wonder. The road, that follows a trail originally blazed in 1912 by Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad, stretches from Miami to Key West.

Florida Keys Camping
Campgrounds are scattered throughout the Keys and you can choose from every type of camping experience — from primitive camping to “roughing it” in a luxury RV.

Gay Spring Break in Key West
Key West's live and let live legacy, which includes a shady pirate past, lives on in the shape of a gay travel mecca for those with a tooth for adventure -- this town at the literal end of the road (Florida's A1A) welcomes travelers from every walk of life without question.

Florida Keys Photo Gallery
The Florida Keys, a chain of islands connected to the South Florida mainland and each other by the Overseas Highway, blend relaxing tropical climate, beautiful sunsets, and rich history with outstanding natural beauty.

Key West Sunset Celebration
Florida's sunsets are spectacular, and people in Key West think that is reason enough to celebrate!

Hemingway Days in Key West
Like birds flocking south for the winter, they come to Key West around this time every year. Who? The Ernest Hemingway look-alikes. Some come to pay homage and some come for an excuse to drink. Most come to compete in the Hemingway Days popular look-alike contest. All come because of a great man who once lived here.

The Little White House in Key West, Florida
The Little White House was built in 1890 as a first officer’s quarters on a naval station in Key West. Thomas Edison would reside there during World War I while donating his services to the Navy. However, it was Harry S. Truman that would spend so much of his presidency there – 175 days – to earn the house the nickname “The Little White House."

Top Fishing Spots in the Florida Keys

Key West Songwriters' Festival
Annual spring event attracts more than 100 singers and songwriters, from up-and-coming artists to established stars.

Key West Food and Wine Festival
New foodie event with a unique Key West flair takes place in January.

Southernmost Beach Cafe, Key West
Beach bar, cafe and wedding and special events venue located on South Beach in Key West.

Official Fantasy Fest Website - Key West Florida
Exotic and erotic, Fantasy Fest in Key West must be experienced to be explained. This one-of-a-kind party takes place around Halloween each year, and yes -- costumes are required.

Key West Shipwreck Museum
At the Key West Shipwreck Museum, visitors can learn about Key West's fascinating seafaring heritage, and how the growth of the wrecking industry allowed it to become one of the richest cities in the United States. The museum features the artifacts from the Isaac Allerton, which was the richest wreck in Key West history.

Fantasy Fest in Key West: America’s Best Bacchanal

The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce
Marathon Key is home to some of the world's best fishing, diving, snorkeling, wedding, and seafood dining destinations, and hosts the annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival each March.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.