Monroe County

Monroe County is located at the southern tip of Florida and includes the Florida Keys. Bordering Miami-Dade and Collier Counties, the islands stretch 100 miles into the Straits of Florida separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Monroe County was established in 1823 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for President James Monroe, fifth president of the U.S. In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sailed past the keys. For the next three centuries, the keys became a haven for pirates and adventurers. Many English-speaking settlers came to the keys from the Grand Bahamas, and by 1821, when the U.S. acquired Florida, Key West was the state's most populous city. 

Monroe County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
79,589
Population - 2010
73,090
Population - 2015 Est
74,206
Land Area (sq mi)
983
Water Area (sq mi)
2,754
Total Area (sq mi)
3,738
Average Rainfall
38
Temperature - Average High
84
Temperature - Average Low
70

Bahia Honda Key, is an island that helps to form the beautiful tropical destination that is the Florida Keys. The island is home to the park itself making Bahia Honda State Park one of the southern most state parks in the country. The park is everything you could expect from a Florida Keys tropical destination. Come visit the clear ocean waters of the island and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking and much more. 

Monroe Public School District is small school district in Florida that contains 20 schools that together serves a student population that is a little over 8,000. It should be noted that the school district is accredited by AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

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The Academy at Ocean Reef is a PK-8 coeducational independent school dedicated to providing the highest quality of education and preparing students for highly selective secondary schools and colleges.

The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

Key West's natural foods market and organic cafe. Serving vegan and vegetarian options, as well as some gluten-free meals. 

Date and Thyme Organic Cafe and Market

The Key West Aquarium is located in Key West's famous Mallory Square and is a fun attraction for people of all ages. Featuring a touch tank, shark feedings, stingray bay, alligators, jellyfish and more. The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network working to helping protect the endangered sea turtles and nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. 

Key West has always been a literary haven, and this bookstore continues the tradition. In addition to best sellers and popular novels, they specialize in local authors both past and present.

This scenic and ocean based area of Florida features 22 parks and beaches that comprise more than 100 acres from Stock Key to Key Largo. Beautiful beaches and a taste of historic Florida make Monroe County a great travel destination.

The Monroe County Public Library has 5 branches in the Florida Keys. They are in Key West, Big Pine, Marathon, Islamorada, and Key Largo.

Port of Key West offers deepwater port activities of Cruise Ships and Navy vessels and includes cruise berths at Mallory Square, the Navy’s Outer Mole Pier, and the privately owned Pier B at the Weston Resort and is one of the nations busiest ferry port. 

The Red Barn Theatre is a historic theater in Key West. It was built as a barn in 1829 and began a new life as a theatre in the 40s. Today it is still an important cultural landmark, and puts on many plays and musicals each year.

This is a health focused cafe with delicious food options that are organic and 100% vegan. It was founded to educate people of proper nutrition and diet. 

The Cafe is a mostly vegetarian restaurant made with fresh ingredients. Vegan and gluten-free options available as well. 

The Waterfront Playhouse is a small theater located in Key West's Mallory Square. It has been entertaining tourists and locals with performances of plays and musicals for over 75 years.

Our group is a contact source for our local Florida Keys homeschool / homeschoolers to receive information, dates of events and meetings that will help enrich our childrens education experience.