Places to stay
Dry Tortugas - Remote Island Camping in the Keys
Few visitors to Key West take the ferry 70 miles to the Dry Tortugas National Park. Even fewer camp under the stars next to historic Fort Jefferson. Those who do are rewarded with world-class snorkeling, kayaking, wildlife watching and an island almost all to themselves.
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The Ultimate Road Trip
Get away with Chad Crawford as he makes his way through the beauty of the Florida Keys. Each key has something unique to offer and Chad shows you the best when he shows you how to Do the Florida Keys. And Chef Justin Timineri brings you a new recipe for an old Keys favorite when he mixes up a Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry.
Things to do
"how to do florida" host Chad Crawford takes you on a quick tour of the things to see and do in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Bucket List Adventure
Driving the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, Florida’s only official All-American Road, is an unforgettable bucket-list adventure. The 127-mile highway features 42 bridges over endless blue water — connecting the Florida Keys together. Explore some of Key Largo's "sweet and scenic" stops along the way.
Underwater Music Festival
Explore part of the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef Saturday, July 7, off the Florida Keys -- while rocking to a unique sub-sea concert dedicated to reef protection. It’s the annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, and it’s unlike any other dive or snorkel experience on the planet. The “Only in the Keys” adventure takes place each year at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary about 6 miles south of Big Pine Key. Broadcast underwater by a Keys radio station, the music enhances the underwater experience for divers discovering the Keys’ fantastic realm of tropical fish, coral formations and other marine life. Some participants wear costumes, portraying everything from mermaids to rock stars, and a few even pretend to play underwater instruments sculpted by a Florida Keys artist. It’s all designed to encourage preservation of the Keys’ rich coral reef ecosystem.
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For a truly unique and memorable experience, couples should consider holding their nuptials in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's warm, clear water, surrounded by colorful corals, softly waving sponges and rainbows of reef fish. In the Keys, it's easy. Many dive shops have been arranging underwater weddings for years. They can work with scuba-certified brides and grooms, prepare non-divers in the wedding party for the experience, even help mom and dad enjoy their first undersea excursion. A word of warning, though: it's nearly impossible to wipe away tears while wearing a dive mask, and handkerchief's are of no use under water. And unions of the deep are perfectly legal.
Experience the Florida Keys in 60 Seconds.
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Meet “patients” at a pioneering sea turtle hospital. Encounter rescued sea turtles during a behind-the-scenes tour of the planet’s first licensed veterinary hospital specializing in these fascinating creatures. A dedicated team at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and nurtures sick and injured turtles and, whenever possible, releases them back into the ocean. Since it opened over 30 years ago, the hospital has treated and rehabilitated nearly 2,000 injured sea turtles and assisted scores of hatchlings gone astray after leaving their nests. Occasionally it’s possible to witness a turtle release — a truly heartwarming experience.
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The Natural Keys
If you've had enough of an overcrowded and weary world, the islands of the Lower Keys are the place for you. Here, you can snorkel or dive over the Looe Key coral reef, ride a bicycle through Key Deer country, or take a fishing adventure in the back country or troll the deep blue waters beyond the reef. At the end of the day, you can trade stories with family and friends at one of this area's tiki bars, RV parks, campgrounds, quaint resorts or licensed vacation homes. The Earthy fragrance of mangrove forests and wetlands is never far away. The Lower Keys begin where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset, shortly after the famous Seven Mile Bridge. It is a quiet region of small resorts, down-home restaurants, single-family homes, untrammeled wildernesses and rich history.
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The Village of Islands
Our Village of Islands is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and North America's only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other. Islamorada is comprised of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. This might be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water.
Food & Dining
Flavors of the Florida Keys
Be sure to visit these restaurants and sample some favorite Florida Keys Flavors. Key Largo Conch House -- Conch Fritters from Key LargoKeys Fisheries -- Stone Crab from MarathonThe Square Grouper -- Grouper Sandwich from Cudjoe KeyLatitudes at the Westin, Sunset Key -- Florida Spiny Lobster from Key WestMangrove Mikes -- Key Lime Pie from Islamorada
Enjoy this beautiful drone flight over The Keys.