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An oasis of tiny isles, the Lower Keys are ideal for nature-lovers. You’ll find plenty to discover on land and at sea, from the endangered dog-sized Key Deer, to the alligators of Big Pine Key, to the saltwater dolphins and turtles off Grassy Key. On a Lower Keys holiday, you can snorkel off the beaches and jetties of each island, where shipwrecks and corals are teeming with marine life. Sail or fly to Dry Tortugas National Park and explore seven beautiful islands, including the huge 19th Century Fort Jefferson.

Cross the architectural wonder of Seven Miles Bridge to reach Marathon, where you can dine at waterside seafood restaurants, or spend an afternoon on the beautiful Sombrero Beach. Discover the marine life of the Keys at Marathon’s Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital. Or dive with sharks and stingrays at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters.

Learn the region’s history Crane Point Museum or hike the point’s nature trails to spot local animals and step into enchanting butterfly gardens. Try cable-wakeboarding, water-skiing, and knee-boarding at Cable Pull Park, or explore the unique ecosystem of Curry Hammock State Park. You can paddle-board through its mangrove swamp, seagrass beds, and rockland hammocks.

Want to take time out from exploring and slow things down? Enjoy an easy day at Bahia Honda State Park. Wander the 400-acre reserve to find beautiful beaches with stunning views, shallow-water snorkelling, and a quiet spot where you can unpack a picnic and unwind.

Lower Keys holidays are easily extended with some time in the mainland USA or the Caribbean. There are direct flights to Key West from the Bahamas, Atlanta, and Charlotte, or you can fly to Marathon from several cities in Florida cities. Perhaps you want to combine the Keys with some time in Miami? However you want to holiday, our Travel Specialists will help you plan the perfect trip.

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Things to do in the Lower Keys

From Duck Key to Dry Tortugas, the Lower Keys is one of the most popular sections of Florida’s most southerly peninsula, and its attractions reflect that. Marathon is the main town, while Dry Tortugas National Park brings ocean explorers to its seven islands throughout the year.

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But there’s so much more to the Lower Keys. Animal-lovers will find a home between Marathon and Grassy Key, where the Dolphin Research Center, Turtle Hospital, and Aquarium Encounters showcase the Keys’ plentiful marine life. Elsewhere, Big Pine Key hosts miniature Key Deer in its National Refuge and attracts turtles and alligators to Blue Water Hole. A short bridge north, Bahia Honda boasts 400 acres of beautiful sand beaches, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds on land, as well as unforgettable boat tours and snorkelling in the waters.

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Marathon

Stretching over 13 islands, Marathon is the most populated town outside Key West in the Lower Keys. This family-orientated fishing town boasts beachside inns, resorts, and waterside restaurants, so makes a great place to stay during your Lower Keys holiday.

Take a trolley tour and unlock the history, nature and culture of Marathon at the Crane Point Museum, or hike the tropical trails to see local animals and scenic views. Call into the Turtle Hospital to visit the patients, or climb inside historic aircraft at the Marathon Air Museum.

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You can get away from the crowds at Sombrero Beach. One of the most beautiful in the Lower Keys, this place is home to white sands and blue waters, while the sailing boats, volleyball courts and playgrounds mean there’s an activity for every age. Take a sunset cruise, go on a fishing trip, join a snorkelling tour, or marvel at the beautiful Seven Miles Bridge on a thrilling helicopter ride.

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Dry Tortugas National Park

Just 70 miles off the coast of Key West, these seven beach-ringed reef islands have enticed visitors and explorers for centuries. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park are most easily explored on an organised tour. But you can also visit independently, if you hire your own boat.

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Surrounded by shipwrecks, coral and seagrass, Dry Tortugas offers some of the best snorkelling in the Keys. You can take your pick from popular spots like the Historic Coaling Pier, Garden Keys’ coral heads, Loggerhead Key’s Little Africa Reef, and the Windjammer Wreck. Back on dry land, make sure you also visit the historic Fort Jefferson. Made of a whopping 16 million bricks, this tactical 19th-century fortress covers a whole island and played a key role in the American Civil war.

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Best time to visit the Lower Keys

Consistent temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties – plus constant festivals and entertainment – mean Florida’s Lower Keys always have something to offer. June to August is the hottest time of year, with the mercury hovering around 33°C. If you’re there over the Fourth of July weekend, make sure you check out the incredible Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key. December to February is also a popular time to go, as visitors flock in search of winter sun.

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If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, consider going in the quieter times between September and November, or from March to May. Hurricane season coincides with summer and, while the Keys aren’t impacted every year, this is something to consider when planning your trip visit. Rain levels are also highest from June to September, but showers tend to be short, heavy bursts – so you can soon return to the beach.

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Things to do

Things to do in the Lower Keys

From Duck Key to Dry Tortugas, the Lower Keys is one of the most popular sections of Florida’s most southerly peninsula, and its attractions reflect that. Marathon is the main town, while Dry Tortugas National Park brings ocean explorers to its seven islands throughout the year.

Show More
Show Less

But there’s so much more to the Lower Keys. Animal-lovers will find a home between Marathon and Grassy Key, where the Dolphin Research Center, Turtle Hospital, and Aquarium Encounters showcase the Keys’ plentiful marine life. Elsewhere, Big Pine Key hosts miniature Key Deer in its National Refuge and attracts turtles and alligators to Blue Water Hole. A short bridge north, Bahia Honda boasts 400 acres of beautiful sand beaches, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds on land, as well as unforgettable boat tours and snorkelling in the waters.

Show More
Show Less

Marathon

Marathon

Stretching over 13 islands, Marathon is the most populated town outside Key West in the Lower Keys. This family-orientated fishing town boasts beachside inns, resorts, and waterside restaurants, so makes a great place to stay during your Lower Keys holiday.

Take a trolley tour and unlock the history, nature and culture of Marathon at the Crane Point Museum, or hike the tropical trails to see local animals and scenic views. Call into the Turtle Hospital to visit the patients, or climb inside historic aircraft at the Marathon Air Museum.

Show More
Show Less

You can get away from the crowds at Sombrero Beach. One of the most beautiful in the Lower Keys, this place is home to white sands and blue waters, while the sailing boats, volleyball courts and playgrounds mean there’s an activity for every age. Take a sunset cruise, go on a fishing trip, join a snorkelling tour, or marvel at the beautiful Seven Miles Bridge on a thrilling helicopter ride.

Show More
Show Less

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Just 70 miles off the coast of Key West, these seven beach-ringed reef islands have enticed visitors and explorers for centuries. Only accessible by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park are most easily explored on an organised tour. But you can also visit independently, if you hire your own boat.

Show More
Show Less

Surrounded by shipwrecks, coral and seagrass, Dry Tortugas offers some of the best snorkelling in the Keys. You can take your pick from popular spots like the Historic Coaling Pier, Garden Keys’ coral heads, Loggerhead Key’s Little Africa Reef, and the Windjammer Wreck. Back on dry land, make sure you also visit the historic Fort Jefferson. Made of a whopping 16 million bricks, this tactical 19th-century fortress covers a whole island and played a key role in the American Civil war.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit the Lower Keys

Consistent temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties – plus constant festivals and entertainment – mean Florida’s Lower Keys always have something to offer. June to August is the hottest time of year, with the mercury hovering around 33°C. If you’re there over the Fourth of July weekend, make sure you check out the incredible Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key. December to February is also a popular time to go, as visitors flock in search of winter sun.

Show More
Show Less

If you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, consider going in the quieter times between September and November, or from March to May. Hurricane season coincides with summer and, while the Keys aren’t impacted every year, this is something to consider when planning your trip visit. Rain levels are also highest from June to September, but showers tend to be short, heavy bursts – so you can soon return to the beach.

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