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The Upper Florida Keys are a sublime, tropical oasis just waiting to be explored in a lazy, enjoy-the-sunset kind of fashion. Don’t be in too much of a hurry here; find yourself slipping into island time, where all that matters is the whir of the ceiling fan, your endless view of the sparkling water from a Key Largo, FL hotel and the umbrella in your slushy cocktail!
If time is of essence and you want to fly and begin your vacation now, no worries as there are daily flights from many cities into Miami International Airport (MIA), an hour’s drive from Key Largo. Choosing Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) adds about an hour to that drive. Key West International Airport (EYW) is a possible option as is Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH), which offers charter flights.
Located just offshore of the southeastern tip of Florida on U.S. Highway 1, visitors are first greeted by Key Largo, the northernmost Key. Referred to as a “Diving Capital of the World”, Key Largo offers an Atlantic Ocean and its arm, the Gulf of Mexico, setting with a rocky shoreline formed from coral. Bask in this beautiful setting every day at one of our incredible Key Largo Florida hotels with amazing water views! Explore John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park by climbing aboard a glassbottom boat and snorkeling or scuba diving to see vibrant living coral reefs; plan ahead to take an unforgettable eco-tour! Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary surrounds the Keys and supports area marine life. The Sanctuary offers recreational boating, fishing, diving and checking out the wrecked ship, Spiegel Grove. To the north of Key Largo you will find Biscayne National Park, a water playground which attracts outdoor enthusiasts all year round. At the end of your busy day, relax and unwind at one of the unique discount hotels we offer at prices that won’t break the bank. OneTravelSource.com has them all!
A leisurely drive along Overseas Highway through the Keys is an unparalleled means of relaxation, and following Hwy. 1 south about 16 miles brings you to Islamorada. Actually a collection of several “keys” or islands, Islamorada is referred to as a “Village of Islands”. Just over 7 square miles, Islamorada bills itself as the Sport Fishing Capital of the World. Family fun can be found at Islamorada Founders Park with its Olympic-sized pool, beach water sports rentals, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, a vita course, skate park and even a dog park - wow! Long Key State Park is roughly halfway between Islamorada and Marathon, which are roughly 34 miles apart. You can kayak through mangroves, experience great bonefishing and hike two nature trails.
The city of Marathon’s setting is composed upon 7 Keys and an area of less than 10 square miles. Incorporated in 1999, direct access to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico make chartering a boat for deep-sea fishing, diving and snorkeling popular activities. Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH) brings you to its doorstep, convenient when you simply must get your toes in the water today! Get settled into one of our amazing discount hotels with ocean views, then start your vacation! Visitors enjoy exploring Adderley House, oldest outside of Key West, at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center; learn to identify hardwood hammock trees and visit its wild bird rescue center, as well. Just offshore is a protected section of coral reef known as Sombrero Reef. Eco-attractions are abundant; the whole family can enjoy an unforgettable encounter with a dolphin!
Just south of Marathon you can drive the Seven Mile Bridge to Bahia Honda State Park, and another 40 miles or so brings you to the Southernmost Point of the U.S. and Key West.
All throughout the Keys you will find the bluest waters and incredible recreational opportunities. Tourism is extremely important to the Keys’ economy, so why don’t you start planning your terrific tropical vacation today. You will be welcomed with open arms!
Key West, Florida may be reached by air, by land and by sea, whatever suits you best. The Florida Keys are a 120-mile long island chain and are known to be a beautiful and relaxing destination treasured by the U.S. with amazing Key West, Florida hotels.
Various airlines fly into Key West International Airport (EYW), with its many convenient Key West, FL hotels, but many people choose to travel by car, driving the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, U.S. 1, designated an All-American Road, a National Scenic Byway. This drive gets visitors in a relaxed state of mind with time to unwind from everyday hurried life. You will pass through Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and the Lower Keys, each with unique features and character. Take your time and stop when you see something which interests you – this is not a race!
Once in Key West, lodging choices vary from full-service, luxury hotels and resorts to bed and breakfasts and condominiums. Don't worry, affordable lodging is at your fingertips with our selection of discount hotels in all price ranges. Choose accomodations that match your vacation style!
Discovered in a search for the Fountain of Youth in 1513, the Keys provide an outstanding natural setting for all kinds of outdoor activities, many geared towards the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Straights of Florida and the Atlantic Ocean. Any type of fishing you might like to try is available, including deep sea fishing. Explore the waters through scuba diving or snorkeling in the only continental U.S. living-coral barrier reef and you can be rewarded with sights of abundant fish, amazing coral formations and possibly a ship wreck!
As is often the case, taking a guided tour of this city helps you get oriented to the layout and some of the major points of interest. On your own, there are a variety of must-see attractions. For a cultural experience, plan to visit Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum in Old Town. This National Historic Landmark preserves the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s surroundings as he wrote his famous tomes. The Audubon House and Tropical Gardens may be toured to see tropical foliage and the famous works of John James Audubon, renowned ornithologist. Stop in at 322 Duval Street to see the Oldest House in South Florida for a free tour.
Walk historic Duval Street, where you can browse unique shops for island treasure, have a dining experience with the freshest seafood imaginable or perhaps just people watch as Key West is teeming with a diverse population. OneTravelSource.com is the place for the lowest prices on discount hotels near Duval. Evening brings a party atmosphere at the bars, so be ready for a great time! Watch for pub crawls, live music and yearly events such as Fantasy Fest and Hemingway Days to rev the excitement on Duval.
Drive to the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S. It creates an amazing photo opportunity to remember your vacation. Swim with dolphins or take a sunset sail. And speaking of sunsets, every evening everybody stops to enjoy the sunset. Nightly Sunset Celebrations at Mallory Square Dock are fun for watching the sun sink while you view arts and crafts, street performers and enjoy local street food.
An interesting day trip about 70 miles west of Key West is the Dry Tortugas National Park. Arrive by ferry boat or seaplane and really get away from it all in this primitive park. Kept pristine, visitors enjoy birdwatching, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and some of the best coral reef snorkeling. With a little planning you can camp overnight for a castaway experience.
Your visit to Key West will be whatever you have dreamed about it being. It can be mellow relaxation or it can be filled with heart-pumping action. Stop dreaming and start packing because you are going to Key West!