Top 10 Best Places to Visit in the Florida Keys

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Sure, the Florida Keys boast miles of idyllic beaches and crystal blue water, but here’s a list of the best things to do and places to visit when you need a break from lounging beachside.

John Pennekamp State Park (Key Largo)

Underwater Turtle

From glass bottom boat tours to snorkel and dive trips, experience the beauty of this unforgettable “underwater garden” while snorkeling, or above water from a canoe, kayak, or glass bottom boat Established in 1963, John Pennekamp State Park is the United States’ first undersea park and includes nearly 200 square nautical miles of coral reefs, sawgrass beds, and mangrove swamps.

Tarpon Feeding at Robbie’s of Islamorada

Tarpon Feeding

Marvel at a school of 100 or more tarpon that come here daily and linger for hours. Buy a bucket of fish and toss a “Silver King” a baitfish and watch the water churning spectacle.

Safari Lounge (Islamorada)

Enjoy a cold one at this local favorite located on the end of Islamorada that’s often referred to as the Dead Animal Bar because of the plethora of mounted big game trophies lining the walls and ceiling. Known as the original home of the Rod and Game Club, this unforgettable dive bar is known for its famous patrons and breathtaking ocean views.

Bahia Honda (Bahia Honda Key)

Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys

Founded in 1966, Bahia Honda State Park sits on a 524-acre virtually uninhabited island. Spend the day wading, swimming, and snorkeling at the award-winning beach and historic bridge.

The Turtle Hospital (Marathon)

*Marathon Must-Do* The 90-minute facility tour gives visitors the opportunity to get up and personal with the turtle patients while learning about turtle care and conservation.

Duval Street (Key West)

Duval Street, Key West, Florida, USA

You can’t visit the Florida Keys without taking part in the “Duval Crawl.” Duval Street isn’t just a main thoroughfare running through Key West—it’s a vibrant street chock-full of fun shops, bars, and art galleries. It also plays host to numerous festivals and art shows throughout the year.

Ernest Hemingway Home (Key West)

Hemingway House, Key West, Florida, USA

Take a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s house, located in the heart of Key West’s Old Town. This unique property, which now functions as a museum, was once where the Nobel Peace Prize Author lived and wrote for more than 10 years. Wander through the whimsical gardens and meet some of the 40 cats that call the house and grounds their home.

Mallory Square (Key West)

Mallory square

Ready to experience the most magnificent sunset to be seen? Then check out Mallory Square. Arrive an hour or two before sunset to meet a myriad of street artists selling their wares as well as numerous street performers, including a mime or even a tight rope walker.

Fort Zachary State Park (Key West)

Fort Zachary

This 54-acre state park is a national historic landmark that played a key role in Florida’s early development. Once home to the U.S. Navy, and named after a U.S. president, this property is now considered the best beach in Key West.

Fort Jefferson (Dry Tortugas)

Aerial View of Fort Jefferson, Florida

Only assessable via boat or seaplane, Fort Jefferson was built on an island 70 miles west of Key West. A visit to Dry Tortugas makes a great choice for either a day trip or overnight camping excursion. This national park offers guided and self-guided tours as well as exceptional snorkeling along the fort’s moat wall. You’ll get a rare mix of deep history and up-close experiences with Mother Nature.

Experience the Florida Keys for Yourself

As a REALTOR® at Coldwell Banker Schmitt Realty Company in Islamorada, Florida, Laura Lynne Kennedy is licensed in both Florida and Missouri, is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute, participates in the At Home With Diversity® program, and is a certified Resort & Second Home Specialist. In 2014, she served as president of the Florida Keys Board of Realtors and was also honored as the Florida Keys Realtor of the Year. And she’s just as committed to her community as she is to her clients. In addition to rescuing four—yes four—dogs, she’s a huge supporter of the Florida Keys SPCA.

Laura Lynne is a Luxury Island Property Real Estate Specialist in the Florida Keys. Give her a call at 305-333-6100 to live your island dreams!

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