Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
Hundreds of solo and relay-team swimmers race to conquer the annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, a unique open-ocean endurance swimming challenge in Atlantic waters off Islamorada in September. Individuals and two-, three- and four-person teams have up to seven hours to complete the 8-mile roundtrip course. Participants must show proof of completing a prior 1,650-meter or 1-mile swim in 35 minutes or less to compete as an individual.
Things to do
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
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.
Places to stay
Key Largo to Key West - Best of the Keys
Host Chad Crawford takes you from Key Largo thru Key West to show you the best of the Florida Keys — and why the Conch Republic has a rhythm all its own. See marine life up close and personal at Captain Slate's Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo, build your fly fishing skills, go lobstering and dive on a shipwreck — all within the span of a little over a hundred mile
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.
Experience the Florida Keys in 60 Seconds.
Enjoy this beautiful drone flight over The Keys.
Better Than You Found It
We should leave the world better than we found it. Explore how we do that in The Keys.
Adventures in the Keys
Throughout the Florida Keys, visitors can discover captivating adventures that can’t be enjoyed anywhere except in the subtropical island chain — like “meeting” tiny indigenous Key deer, exploring the world’s first underwater park, or savoring the spectacle at Key West’s nightly Sunset Celebration. They can even attend a musical festival beneath the sea!
Things To Do
You can mingle with flamingos in Key West. Nature lovers can find out during a once-a-day "Flamingle" experience at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory ! "Flamingle" is an hour-long encounter, where human participants sit in a white gazebo overlooking the pond and lushly planted conservatory. The 6-year-old male and female breeding pair, Rhett and Scarlett, walk free and interact as they choose.
Cable and Adventure Park
Located at MM 59.3 on Grassy Key is a watersports cable park where adrenaline enthusiasts and curious newcomers can safely and cost-effectively participate in wake-boarding, wake-skating, water skiing and kite-boarding — as well as discover hidden gems of green and sustainable gardens, foodstuffs, artwork and more. The facility is billed as the USA’s first cable park to offer full kite-boarding instruction. The cable system is an overhead towing device used to pull riders across the 7-acre lake. The park offers full equipment rentals as well as instructional and private coaching.