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Great Florida Vacation Spots: the Florida Keys

Updated on July 15, 2013

Florida Vacation Spots: the Florida Keys

Great Florida Vacation Spots: the Florida Keys

There are many beautiful places to visit in Florida, but one of the best places to go is the Florida Keys. The Keys – a string of islands between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea – is perhaps the most popular Florida destination spot, with the possible exception of Disney World in Orlando. This article will talk about the Florida vacation spots that you can find in the Florida Keys.

Florida Vacation Spots: Key West


The crown jewel of the Keys – as well as the most famous destination in the area – is Key West, located at the very tip of the Keys only 94 miles away from Cuba. Key West is an island paradise jammed full of fun and exciting attractions in one of the most beautiful settings on the East Coast. A dinner cruise around the island at sunset is perhaps one of the most beautiful (and romantic) experiences that the island has to offer. There are plenty of companies and tour guides on the island that offer these cruises. If you like fishing, then Key West is the place for you. No matter what type of fishing you want to do, or where you want to go, you can find it all in Key West. An award-winning golf course and plenty of art museums and galleries round out a perfect Caribbean vacation.

Florida Vacation Spots: Marathon


Marathon has often been described as the “Heart of the Florida Keys”, and this description is quite accurate. Nowhere else in the Keys will you get a better impression of the culture and atmosphere of the islands as you will in Marathon, so a visit here is a must. One of the key attractions of this area is the Old Seven Mile Bridge, a popular spot for fishing, sight-seeing, sunset viewing, bird-watching, walking, jogging, bicycling, and a variety of other activities. The Museums of Crane Point offer up an opportunity to observe a stunning array of wildlife in its natural habitat, from cranes to deer to a wide and dazzling variety of birds. You can also hike amidst the reeds and beaches to find relics of past culture in the Keys.

Florida Vacation Spots: Key Largo


The first part of the Keys that you come to from Florida, Key Largo may be the last one you want to leave. If you have a soft spot for sunken treasure, pirate lore, and the lure of adventure on the high seas, stop by the Caribbean Shipwreck Museum and Research Institute. There, you can learn all about derelict hulks (and treasure ships) that litter the sea floor in the waters in and around Key Largo. If you like to dive, then you have to check out the coral reef at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – the nation’s first underwater state park. Learning to scuba dive may take a bit of time, but a trip to this park makes it all worth it. Of course, no trip to Key Largo is complete without perhaps one of the ultimate Florida Keys experiences: swimming with dolphins. One of the best places for this is Theatre of the Sea, which lets you swim with dolphins and also serve as a “trainer of the day”.

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      christalluna1124 

      9 years ago from Dallas Texas

      I used to live in Tampa and Miami in the 80's. it is a beautiful. I would love to go on vacation to the keys sometimes. great article.

      Warmest regards,

      Christal

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