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Venture down to Florida’s southern tip and you’ll find the Florida Keys – a collection of narrow islands that stretch 200 kilometres into the Gulf of Mexico. Most are just a few kilometres wide, so you’ll never be far from the ocean on your holiday to Florida Keys, and you’ll find that a lot of the top attractions and activities are focused on the water. A number of coral reefs and shipwrecks are ripe for exploring just below the waves. Florida Keys also has a huge fishing scene, catering for everyone from casual anglers to adventurous deep-sea fishermen and women. Even if you’re a land-lover, there’s plenty of nature to see across the 18 inhabited islands.

There are five distinct areas of Florida Keys. The northernmost Key Largo – connected to the mainland by the scenic Overseas Highway – is home to forests, national parks and endless botanical gardens. Upmarket Islamorada is known as the fishing capital of Florida Keys, where you can try out saltwater fly fishing or charter a boat out for a deep-sea adventure. Marathon is the most traditional area, where you can learn more about the islands’ history. It’s also great for kids, if you’re considering a family holiday to Florida Keys.

Just across the Seven Mile Bridge are The Lower Keys. These small islands are tranquil, beautiful and home to a variety of native deer, and the perfect choice for a peaceful getaway to the Keys. And then there’s the most famous option, Key West. Marking the southern tip – it’s just 145 kilometres off the coast of Cuba – this is the liveliest and most well-trodden part of Florida Keys. 

As you look around, it’s not surprising that literary greats like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and Robert Frost found inspiration in The Keys. Whether you choose to stretch out on a golden beach, hike through forests of tropical greenery or explore beneath the waves, a holiday to Florida Keys allows you to uncover hidden gems at your own pace.

Beaches

Things to do

Diving & wildlife

Best time to go

Beaches in the Florida Keys

You’ll have plenty of beaches to choose from on your Florida Keys holiday. Marathon’s Sombrero Beach is where endangered loggerhead turtles nest, so you might spot one as you stroll along the quiet sands. And, if you want to see coral reefs without getting on a boat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a snorkeller’s paradise.

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Families will love Islamorada’s Founders Park and beachfront. Make sandcastles on the beach, take a dip in the pool and splash pads, or play in the pirate-themed playgrounds. There’s even a marina here, usually packed with exclusive vessels. Harry Harris Park on Key Largo is also family-friendly, with shallow waters safe enough for everyone to swim in.

If you like to bounce between the beach and the bar, Fort Zachary Taylor’s sands are ideal. Cross the rocky sands for a bit of snorkelling, rent one of the grills to host your own barbecue, and rinse off in the outdoor showers before wandering back to Key West’s best nightlife spots.

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Things to do in the Florida Keys

Aside from the beaches, there are lots of things to do in the Keys. Visit Theater of the Sea and you’ll be treated to sea lion and parrot shows. When you’ve finished exploring the family-friendly park, discover an underwater world without getting your hair wet on a glass-bottom boat ride. You can also learn more about marine life at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key. Even if you’re staying on the Keys’ upper islands, a drive across the Seven-Mile Bridge, connecting Marathon and The Lower Keys, is a must-do for the panoramic ocean views.

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Learn more about one of the islands’ most famous residents at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, which also has lovely gardens. Or, head to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. When the sun goes down, Key West’s Mallory Square is always buzzing with street entertainers. And if you’re searching for a watering hole, Duval Street is home to the liveliest bars on the islands.

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Diving, nature and wildlife

Big Pine Key is home to Florida Keys’ best nature. Bahia Honda State Park is where most scuba diversset off for Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll find a large coral reef and endless marine life. You don’t even have to leave dry land to see beautiful scenery here. Over 150 species of rare animals and plants call the area home, and there are three beaches where you can spot seabirds, shells and fish.

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The National Key Deer Refuge on the island is also well-worth a visit. Its endangered deer, just 32 inches tall feel like real-life Disney creatures. Trek, cycle or kayak through the protected area and you’re likely to spot some. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, charter a flight or boat out to Dry Tortugas National Park to explore Fort Jefferson prison and spot unique wildlife.

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Best time to visit Florida Keys

It’s warm most of the time here, so holidays to Florida Keys come with year-round heat and sunshine. If temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties, sunny days and low rainfall all sounds good to you, plan your trip between November and April. But November to February is also peak tourist season, so the Keys are likely to be busy during this time.

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Spring – March to mid-May – is also a pleasant to visit, although you can expect more rain if you visit later in May. There’ll also be university students enjoying spring break here around Easter time. Between June and August, temperatures in Florida Keys can climb to the mid-thirties, but it’s also the wettest time to visit. If you can handle Florida’s infamous humidity, most of the rain comes in short, sharp showers before revealing the sun. September and October are almost as warm and are much quieter, due to the chance of hurricanes.

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Beaches

Beaches in the Florida Keys

You’ll have plenty of beaches to choose from on your Florida Keys holiday. Marathon’s Sombrero Beach is where endangered loggerhead turtles nest, so you might spot one as you stroll along the quiet sands. And, if you want to see coral reefs without getting on a boat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a snorkeller’s paradise.

Show More
Show Less

Families will love Islamorada’s Founders Park and beachfront. Make sandcastles on the beach, take a dip in the pool and splash pads, or play in the pirate-themed playgrounds. There’s even a marina here, usually packed with exclusive vessels. Harry Harris Park on Key Largo is also family-friendly, with shallow waters safe enough for everyone to swim in.

If you like to bounce between the beach and the bar, Fort Zachary Taylor’s sands are ideal. Cross the rocky sands for a bit of snorkelling, rent one of the grills to host your own barbecue, and rinse off in the outdoor showers before wandering back to Key West’s best nightlife spots.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in the Florida Keys

Aside from the beaches, there are lots of things to do in the Keys. Visit Theater of the Sea and you’ll be treated to sea lion and parrot shows. When you’ve finished exploring the family-friendly park, discover an underwater world without getting your hair wet on a glass-bottom boat ride. You can also learn more about marine life at the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key. Even if you’re staying on the Keys’ upper islands, a drive across the Seven-Mile Bridge, connecting Marathon and The Lower Keys, is a must-do for the panoramic ocean views.

Show More
Show Less

Learn more about one of the islands’ most famous residents at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, which also has lovely gardens. Or, head to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. When the sun goes down, Key West’s Mallory Square is always buzzing with street entertainers. And if you’re searching for a watering hole, Duval Street is home to the liveliest bars on the islands.

Show More
Show Less

Diving & wildlife

Diving, nature and wildlife

Big Pine Key is home to Florida Keys’ best nature. Bahia Honda State Park is where most scuba diversset off for Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, where you’ll find a large coral reef and endless marine life. You don’t even have to leave dry land to see beautiful scenery here. Over 150 species of rare animals and plants call the area home, and there are three beaches where you can spot seabirds, shells and fish.

Show More
Show Less

The National Key Deer Refuge on the island is also well-worth a visit. Its endangered deer, just 32 inches tall feel like real-life Disney creatures. Trek, cycle or kayak through the protected area and you’re likely to spot some. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, charter a flight or boat out to Dry Tortugas National Park to explore Fort Jefferson prison and spot unique wildlife.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Florida Keys

It’s warm most of the time here, so holidays to Florida Keys come with year-round heat and sunshine. If temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties, sunny days and low rainfall all sounds good to you, plan your trip between November and April. But November to February is also peak tourist season, so the Keys are likely to be busy during this time.

Show More
Show Less

Spring – March to mid-May – is also a pleasant to visit, although you can expect more rain if you visit later in May. There’ll also be university students enjoying spring break here around Easter time. Between June and August, temperatures in Florida Keys can climb to the mid-thirties, but it’s also the wettest time to visit. If you can handle Florida’s infamous humidity, most of the rain comes in short, sharp showers before revealing the sun. September and October are almost as warm and are much quieter, due to the chance of hurricanes.

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