The Florida Keys & Key West
Beginning just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are made up of nearly 1700 small islands called Keys. From Key Largo, U.S. Route1 travels down to the southernmost point in Key West.
Vacationers often ask us where the best hotel in the Florida Keys is. We tell them it depends on a lot of things outside of the hotel that influence your vacation. Are you planning on fishing, or just laying out to catch some sun by the pool? Are full resort amenities important to you? Will your trip include time on the beach? Before you decide where you are going to stay, think about what you’ll be doing when you’re not at the hotel. This is a good time to also consider when you’ll travel as well.
Off Season (summer) is the cheapest time to vacation in the Florida Keys due to the normal reduction in tourism. In Season (winter) the keys in Florida are really popular. Many folks that live up north during the off season, live here during the season to get away from the cold and snow. If you’re on a budget, plan your trip to the Keys in the off-season summer months. Everything is much cheaper than it is in season, and most importantly the hotels provide their most affordable rates. With world class fishing and less pressure on the reefs in the upper Keys; hotels and resorts in Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo are popular places to stay. Key West and all its splendor is only a short drive away.
Many of our visitors want to unwind and yet do it all. There’s no doubt that if you want the most activities and bars, then look for accommodations in Key West. The southernmost island also has all the water sports activities the other keys have as well. From a sheer volume standpoint, Key West gets more tourism than all the other Florida Keys combined. Key West also has more hotels, bed and breakfasts, and oceanfront resorts.
If deep sea or flats fishing is your reason for visiting, then Islamorada is known as the sportfishing capital of the world. However, the reef runs the entire length of the keys and the fishing is outstanding from Key Largo to Key West. The islands essentially separate the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. There is an abundance in the types of fishing that you can enjoy on your vacation. Many hotels have marinas for your boat and there are several professional charter captains available for hire. The flats, deep sea, and everything in between make the Florida Keys a spectacular fishing vacation destination.
If Scuba diving is the top priority; then John Pennekamp state park in Key Largo is a top choice. Sombrero Reef is located off of Marathon and is a fantastic option for snorkeling with the family. If you stay in a vacation rental, then Big Pine Key to Cudjoe Key offer Looe Key Reef just a few miles offshore. There are several dive shops in the area but no hotels, so a vacation rental is the answer for that type of vacation.
World class charters await to take you off shore for trophy Mahi and Sailfish. Explore the back country and nearshore waters for Tarpon or Grouper. It’s all here with professional Captains and Guides.