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Welcome to Key Largo. Island life. Azure waters, tropical sunsets, and beautiful scenery. Breathtaking underwater adventures. An hour’s drive from south Florida’s largest airports, the northernmost Florida Key is the perfect place to wind down after the bright lights of Miami’s South Beach or, better yet, as a destination vacation. Whether you want to unwind by the waves with a tropical drink and a good book or rev up the action with water sports and fun in the Dive Capital of the World, you’ll find your heart’s desire here. Packing is easy. Start with a swimsuit or two, shorts, tees, and flip-flops. Forget something? Visit one of the island shops for a colorful addition to your wardrobe. Snorkelers and experienced divers can explore a wide-range of undersea opportunities while lessons and certification for novices are offered by world-class instructors. Enjoy the luxury of island time day and night. And be sure to book another visit before you leave!

Bounded on the north by Florida Bay and to the south, the Florida Straits and the Atlantic Ocean, the island has two state parks and a national marine sanctuary. The living reef that surrounds the Florida Keys is the only one in the continental United States. Because of the reef, waters are shallow...the perfect place to take small children. Whether you snorkel, dive, or take a glass-bottom boat tour, you’ll never forget the beauty of this unique national treasure. Hikers, birdwatchers, and photographers will revel in the island’s nature trails, accessible to bicycles and wheelchairs.

The nation’s first undersea Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, is adjacent to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The tropical hammock of the mangrove swamps is filled with tropical plants, shore birds and marine life. And the coral reefs and seagrass beds with their abundance of marine life offer breathtaking views. You can rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats as well. Sport fishing is king here. Charter a boat or a guide. Offshore, deep sea, and light tackle opportunities abound as well as back country, flats, wreck, and reef fishing. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park is home to 84 protected species of plants and animals.

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Key Largo Florida Restaurants

Restaurants

Dine on fresh seafood at a table by the water, enjoy home cooking, great sandwiches, steaks, pasta, and much more at the island’s many restaurants. And don’t forget a slice - or five - of Key Lime pie or delicious ice cream. Start the day at a coffee shop or breakfast spot and end it with a tropical drink or beer and music at a local bar. You can eat a delicious meal at a picnic table at one of the the local seafood markets or buy fresh yellowtail snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, Florida lobster, smoked fish, and stone crab and serve a gourmet meal in the privacy of your tropical resort. Be assured, you will not leave the island hungry...or thirsty.
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Key Largo Florida Golf

Golf

Two private clubs, Ocean Reef Club and Card Sound Golf Club, feature outstanding courses with a variety of membership levels. Twenty miles from the center of Key Largo, Cheeca Lodge Resort, the 9-hole Lodge Course designed by Jack Nicklaus is also members only.
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Key Largo Florida Fishing

Fishing

Home to more than 200 species of fish, Key Largo is bordered by Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park backcountry on the west and the beautiful waters of the Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf Stream. The nutrient-rich waters of the Caribbean Basin which flow into the Straits of Florida. These sources provide multitudes of bait fish which, in turn, attract large numbers of game fish to the Keys. Book a deep-sea charter into the Atlantic to catch sailfish, marlin, and mahi or catch a backcountry charter into the waters of Florida Bay. The elusive slam - a permit, bonefish, and a tarpon in one day - is an angler’s dream come true. If you’re feeling adventurous, try party-boat fishing, day or night. Snapper and grouper are popular catches but you might be surprised at what you encounter!
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Key Largo Florida Shopping

Shopping

Spend a day in Key Largo’s art galleries and many shops, browsing for that perfect souvenir or gift. Gourmet specialties, clothing, jewelry, decor, pottery, cigars...you’ll find a great selection.
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Things to do in Key Largo Florida

Other Things To Do

Spend a day in Key Largo’s art galleries and many shops, browsing for that perfect souvenir or gift. Gourmet specialties, clothing, jewelry, decor, pottery, cigars...you’ll find a great selection. History buffs will enjoy the Keys History and Discovery Center where you’ll learn the story of the Upper Keys. A state-of-the-art movie theater features Florida Key movies, documentaries, personal video histories of local characters, fishing guides, and survivors of the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, recorded by the Discovery Center.

Then there’s this: “You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and...blow.” Ever since Lauren Bacall uttered these famous words to Humphrey Bogart in the film Key Largo, the island has been synonymous with cinema magic. Little wonder then that the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival is held here annually.

History buffs will enjoy the Keys History and Discovery Center where you’ll learn the story of the Upper Keys. A state-of-the-art movie theater features Florida Key movies, documentaries, personal video histories of local characters, fishing guides, and survivors of the Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, recorded by the Discovery Center.

A day at the spa? Why, yes, at any of the salons, spas, and yoga studios located on the island...perfect balm for the tired traveler, a wonderful treat for a bridal party.

Dance, music, theater and art offerings abound. The community hosts an annual literary seminar as well as a professional symphony orchestra series. Visit Florida Keys & Key West Events Calendar or Florida Keys Council of the Arts for a listing of current offerings.
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