The Florida Keys are a 105 miles (170 km) long chain of spectacular coral cay islands.
The Keys begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami and are often referred to as America's Caribbean. The islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. The Keys are also the home of some of Florida's finest parks and sanctuaries.
is the first of the Florida Keys and it offers some of the most spectacular scuba diving in the continental U.S. Being the largest Key, it is home to multiple county and state parks.
is separated from Key Largo by the Tavernier Creek and is also referred to as the purple isle. This island offers a stunning reef line for scuba diving, but is better known for its off shore and back country fishing. This area also boasts a multitude of art galleries and quaint shops.
is located in the middle of the Florida Keys island chain. Here you can cruise the famous seven mile bridge or visit the Dolphin Research Center, Turtle Hospital, Crane Hammock Point or Sombrero Beach.
The Lower Keys
are back to nature, laid back and stunning. Things to do include a dive or snorkel trip to Looe Key reef, kayaking the back country, off shore and back country fishing. Or visit one of the excellent beaches at Bahia Honda State Park.
is most often referred to as the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Located only 90 miles from Cuba. Key West brims with color, variety and excitement. The island is a mixture of the galleries, museums and theaters and it is an eclectic mix of old and modern architecture.
Fall is the perfect season for a bike tour in the Florida Keys:
Florida Everglades and Keys winter escape
Florida Keys Ride