The Florida Keys are a string of islands connected by an Overseas highway located in the southernmost part of of the United States. This highway is also known as the Seven Mile Brdige, which connects Knight's Key and Little Duck Key islands. The northern part of The Keys include: Key Largo, Isla Morada and Marathon which is then connected by the Seven MIles Bridge to Big Pine Key and Key West to the lower part.
They are well known for many different reasons, one definitely being the endless summer weather. It is an ideal vacation spot for families looking for that tropical atmosphere and beautiful scenery. Each island is unique and known for what they have to offer:
Key Largo is the largest and longest easternmost island that connects to the mainland of the rest of the keys. This island is an attractive spot for divers since it is known as one of the best diving sites in the world. It is home to the world's second largest artificial reef containing underwater scenic reefs and abundant wildlife. In fact, it contains the first underwater park in the United States, John Penne Kamp Coral Reef Park and the African Queen.
Islamorada is the second island from Key Largo about one hour and a half drive from the mainland and measuring approximately 18 miles long. Islamorada, also known as "Village of Islands" because it is made up of six islands, Tea Table Key, Matecumbe Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key and Plantation Key. Islamorada boasts in being the sports fishing capital and you are sure to enjoy outdoor seafood dining restaurants.
Marathon is the middle island and measures about 10 miles long and it is the start of the Seven Mile Brdige that connects to Pig Pine key. Similar to Islamorada, it shares many of the same type of attractions, such as boating, diving, great dining, among many others. Be sure to visit the turtle hospital, where you can see rescued turtles.
Pig Pine Key is in the lower end of The Keys that connects the Seven Mile Bridge to Marathon. It is a combination of small islands considered to be a 'laid back' environment with beautiful white sand beaches for those looking to relax and enjoy.
Key West is the southernmost tip of The Florida Keys, with a shorter distance to Cuba than to Miami. Because of its proximity to Cuba, it has much history and diversity. Early Europeans inhibited the island, then claimed by Great Britain and returned to the Spaniards then finally transferred to the US. This small island has been a great attraction for US history figures for its visits from many US presidents.
Written by Grisbel Crisostomo
Administrative Assistant LARM USA