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Nestled between the Upper and Lower Keys, the Middle Keys are a treasure trove of wonder, offering a distinct blend of natural beauty, vibrant marine life, and unparalleled recreational opportunities. Stretching from Long Key to Marathon, this region is a haven for family vacationers and adventure seekers. With its exclusive locations and accessible attractions, the Middle Keys are the perfect destination for creating unforgettable memories.

Family-Friendly Activities

Turtle Hospital rehabilitation center in Marathon, FL

The Middle Keys are a paradise for families, offering a variety of activities that cater to all ages. Here are some of the top attractions:

  • Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters: Located in Marathon, this aquarium provides interactive experiences where children can feed stingrays and swim with sharks.
  • Dolphin Research Center: This non-profit education and research facility offers dolphin encounters and educational programs, making it a hit among kids and adults.
  • Turtle Hospital: Another Marathon gem, this hospital rescues and rehabilitates injured sea turtles. Visitors can take guided tours to learn about these magnificent creatures and the conservation efforts in place.
  • Sombrero Beach: Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Sombrero Beach offers picnic areas, volleyball courts, and a playground, making it ideal for a fun-filled day by the sea.

Adventure Seekers’ Paradise

Fishing boat near Marathon, FL

The Middle Keys deliver in abundance for those craving a bit more excitement. Here are some must-try adventures:

  • Kayaking and Paddleboarding: Explore the serene waters and mangrove tunnels of the Middle Keys by kayak or paddleboard. These activities offer a unique way to experience the area’s natural beauty up close.
  • Fishing: Renowned for its world-class fishing, the Middle Keys provide ample inshore and offshore angling opportunities. Charter a boat and try catching tarpon, bonefish, and other prized species.
  • Diving and Snorkeling: Discover vibrant coral reefs and marine life at renowned spots such as Sombrero Reef and Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary.
  • Day Trips to Local Sandbars: Pack a picnic and set sail to one of the many sandbars scattered throughout the Middle Keys. These secluded spots offer pristine sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for relaxation and exploration.

Hidden Gems

Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys

While the well-known attractions are certainly worth your time, the Middle Keys also boast several hidden gems that promise a unique experience:

  • Curry Hammock State Park: A bit off the beaten path, this park offers hiking trails, kayaking, and a quiet beach area, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers.
  • Pigeon Key: Accessible only by boat or ferry, this historic island offers guided tours that delve into its fascinating history and significance in the Florida Keys.
  • Seven Mile Bridge: While not precisely hidden, the views from this iconic bridge are often overlooked. Stop at the scenic pull-offs for breathtaking vistas and photo opportunities.

Where to Stay: KeysCaribbean Resort Home and Private Rental Collections

When it comes to accommodations, KeysCaribbean offers a range of luxurious options designed to cater to both families and adventure enthusiasts:

  • Village at Hawks Cay Villas: Situated in Duck Key, these villas are perfect for vacationers seeking a blend of luxury and adventure. Enjoy water sports, spa treatments, and proximity to attractions like Sombrero Beach. While the villas are not affiliated with Hawks Cay Resort, they offer a range of amenities, including dolphin encounters, tennis, fishing charters, watersports, and more on the island.
  • Coral Lagoon Resort: This resort offers luxury vacation rentals with private porches, gourmet kitchens, and access to a communal swimming pool and full-service marina.
  • Indigo Reef Resort: Located in Marathon, this resort features luxury waterfront vacation homes with private docks on the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy state-of-the-art amenities, including a communal swimming pool, fitness center, and pet-friendly accommodations. Special offers like the Free Nights Offer make this an attractive choice among our properties in Marathon. Book 7 nights to get the 6th and 7th nights free!
  • Private Home Collection: Discover private vacation homes in Marathon ranging from quaint cottages to grand estates. Our rental properties feature inclusive amenities, such as private swimming pools, boat dockage, hot tubs, and more.

Dining Guide

Enjoy locally caught seafood that is guaranteed to be fresh, such as stone crab claws in-season

No trip to the Middle Keys is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. Here are some top dining recommendations:

  • Island Fish Company: A family favorite, this restaurant offers waterfront dining with fresh seafood, tropical drinks, and a kids’ menu.
  • Barracuda Grill: Known for its eclectic menu and cozy atmosphere, this grill is perfect for a casual yet refined dining experience.
  • Lazy Days South: Enjoy a relaxed dining experience with stunning ocean views and a menu that includes everything from seafood to pasta and steaks.

For more recommendations, visit the Dining/Nightlife section of the Activities Guide.

Planning Your Visit

To ensure a memorable and stress-free vacation, consider securing your accommodations and activities ahead of time to take advantage of special offers and avoid last-minute hassles. Bring sunscreen, hats, and comfortable walking shoes. If you plan on exploring the waters, don’t forget your snorkeling gear and fishing rods. And while spontaneity can be fun, having a rough itinerary will help you maximize your time in the Middle Keys.

Your Island Adventure Starts Here!

The Middle Keys offer a perfect blend of family-friendly activities and thrilling adventures, making it an ideal destination for relaxation and excitement. With luxurious accommodations from KeysCaribbean and many attractions to explore, your vacation will surely be unforgettable.

Ready to embark on this journey? Book your stay with KeysCaribbean today and experience the magic of the Middle Keys for yourself!

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