The fabulous Florida Keys are a world-famous island chain for many reasons! From shallow, clear water beaches to the diverse array of species, the Keys host a unique environment unlike any other. It’s no wonder why travelers return year after year to discover more of what the Keys has to offer. Whether you prefer your leisure on land or in water, you’ll find many activities to choose from on the islands.
Water Sports Activities
With marinas dotted throughout the Keys, there’s no better place to experience watersports activities such as snorkeling or boating excursions. Best of all, many of our Key Largo and Marathon vacation rentals include boat dockage. Within minutes, you can go from your private residence to the glimmering waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Before dusk, navigate to the Florida Bay or Gulf of Mexico where you’ll enjoy an incredible view of sunset.
Among the most common reasons to visit the Florida Keys includes fishing and diving. Whether you rent a boat or BYO, there are a number of ways to enjoy fishing in the Keys. Take to the backcountry to catch snooke, tarpon, and trout or traverse further offshore where you’ll find dolphin and sailfish. If fishing isn’t your thing, consider diving or snorkeling charters. These private or group charters offer an excellent means to view the last living reef in North America. In addition, you’re sure to spot a number of exotic and colorful fish, coral, and other marine life.
Another popular reason to visit the Florida Keys is to experience the beautiful beaches. The Florida Keys feature several natural and man-made beaches to choose from. For travelers to the Upper Keys, Founders Park is the perfect choice for a day of fun at the beach. Their facilities include picnic pavilions, volleyball, and restrooms. In the Middle and Lower Keys, a top-rated option is Bahia Honda State Park. Visitors to the park have access to several trails, water sports equipment rentals, and an expansive swimming beach. The park is best known for an incredible view of the historic bridge, perfect for eye-catching beach selfies.
For more recommendations or information, visit our page dedicated to Local Beaches within the Activities Guide.
Museums & Historical Sites
The Florida Keys are an excellent place to relax and unwind. You can spend the afternoon beachside, then cool off with a cold beverage at one of the many local restaurants. Visitors also enjoy the rich history the Keys has to offer. From the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, as well as several historic sites such as a 19th century island fort; there is much to learn about the history of the island chain.
Overall, the Florida Keys has something to offer everyone, whatever their tastes or preferences. Whether you’re looking for adventure, history, or some much-needed relaxation, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in the beautiful islands of the Florida Keys.