Located at the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, The Florida Keys are a stretch of islands that curve around from Miami south and to the west with Key west being the southernmost point in the continental U.S. The Florida Keys extend west to the Dry Tortugas, a small archipelago of coral islands about 70 miles from Key West and only accessible by boat or small plane. 

The Overseas Highway, the southernmost section of U.S. 1, connects the Florida Keys and extends 113 miles from Key Largo to Key West with a series of bridges, most famously, the Seven Mile Bridge. Most destinations in the Florida Keys are located by their mile marker along this highway. 

The small islands of the Florida Keys are made up of ancient coral reef. Offshore is one of the largest barrier reef systems in the world, the Florida Reef, which makes the keys a haven for snorkelers and scuba divers. While the Florida Keys are not know for their beaches like many other areas along the coast in Florida, water activities including fishing, boating, scuba diving and anything on the water, is common in the Keys. 

The Tropical climate keeps the temperature warm year round with very little temperature variation. The Keys have basically two seasons, like much of south Florida; from June - October, it is rainy and hot, from November - May, it is drier and just slightly cooler. Much of the Florida Keys are protected with Biscayne National Park, The National Key Deer Refuge, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Dry Tortugas National Park as well as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

 

The Florida Keys Islands

Lower Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Dry Tortugas  
Marquesas Keys  
Sunset Key  
Wisteria Island  
Key West MM 0-4
Fleming Key  
Sigsbee Park MM 2¾ (north)
Stock Island MM 5
Raccoon Key MM 5¼ (north)
Boca Chica Key MM 7-8
Rockland Key MM 9
East Rockland Key MM 9½
Big Coppitt Key MM 10
Geiger Key MM 10¾ (south)
Shark Key MM 11¼ (north)
Saddlebunch Keys MM 12-16
Lower Sugarloaf Key MM 17
Park Key MM 18
Sugarloaf Key MM 19-20
Cudjoe Key MM 21-23
Knockemdown Key  
Summerland Key MM 24-25
Ramrod Key MM 27
Middle Torch Key/ Big Torch Key MM 27¾ (north)
Little Torch Key MM 28½
Big Pine Key MM 30-32
No Name Key  
Scout Key (West Summerland Key) MM 34-35
Bahia Honda Key MM 37-38
Ohio Key (Sunshine Key) MM 38¾
Missouri Key MM 39¼
Little Duck Key MM 39¾

The 7 Mile Bridge separates the Lower Keys from the Middle Keys - MM 40-46¾

Middle Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Pigeon Key MM 46¾ (north)
Knights Key MM 47
Vaca Key MM 48-53
Boot Key MM 48 (south)
Fat Deer Key MM 53¼-55
Shelter Key MM 53¾ (south)
Long Point Key MM 56
Crawl Key MM 56½
Grassy Key MM 58-60
Duck Key MM 61
Conch Key MM 62-63

The Long Key Bridge separates the Middle Keys from the Upper Keys - MM 63¼-65¼.
The Upper Keys of Lower Matecumbe through Plantation Keys are part of the village of Islamorada. 

Upper Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Long Key (Rattlesnake Key) MM 66-70
Fiesta Key MM 70 (north)
Craig Key MM 72
Lower Matecumbe Key MM 74-77
Lignumvitae Key  
Indian Key  
Indian Key Fill MM 79
Tea Table MM 79½
Upper Matecumbe Key MM 80-83
Windley Key MM 85
Plantation Key MM 86-90
Key Largo MM 91-107
Cross Key MM 109-112

Key Biscayne and Biscayne National Park are located in Miami-Dade County and have a few small true Florida Keys, which are ancient coral reefs that have lifted above the current sea level. These include Old Rhodes Key, Totten Key, Reid Key, Rubicon Keys, Adams Key, Elliott Key, Sands Key, Boca Chita Key, Ragged Keys, and Soldier Key. 

Upcoming Events in this Region

January 3 - 13, 2019

Location: Islamorada and Key Largo

There is no better way to sample all the best flavors of the keys than attending the Key Largo Food And Wine Festival. Enjoy wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, wine dinners, live music, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, and art and wine shows throughout the 11 day event!

January 26 - 27, 2019

Location: Whitehead and Caroline Streets, Key West, Florida

This outdoor craft festival brings talented artists to beautiful downtown Key West to show off their works. browse over 100 vendors while you enjoy the other amazing things this island has to offer!

January 29 - February 2, 2019

Location: Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheatre, Key West, Florida

This festival celebrates Red Dirt & Americana music with amazing artists from all over the country. Check out the mainstage performers at the amphitheater and then take a stroll down Duval street where other musicians will be playing at theatres and bars throughout the weekend.

February 2 - 3, 2019

Location: Marathon Community Park, Marathon, Florida

This festival allows you to enjoy amazing art and to help support the tiny historic island in the keys, Pigeon Key. It is a great way to meet amazing artists and see some of their work while you enjoy the perfect weather of the keys in the winter!

March 9 - 10, 2019

Location: Marathon, Florida

The Florida Keys are one of the best places in the world for amazing fresh seafood! This family friendly event gives you a chance to sample some of the area's best seafood at reasonable prices while you enjoy tons of live entertainment and kid's activities!

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. 

Website Listings

Capt Rob fishes in the quite town of Flagler Beach and other local areas. Flagler Beach is an hour drive from Orlando and Jacksonville. All ages and skills are welcomed.

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.