The Florida Keys

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. The Overseas Highway is like the mainstreet of the Keys and the various islands and destinations are located by their mile marker. These little green mile-marker signs start just south of Florida City with number 127, and extend all the way to zero in Key West. 

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. 

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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. 

Dry Tortugas National Park is a 100-square mile park of seven small islands and open sea. It is about 70 miles west of Key West and is only accessible by boat or seaplane. The main destination of the park is the beautiful Fort Jefferson, one of the largest forts built in the 19th century in the United States built on Garden Key. Visit the island to explore the fort and stay the night in the island's campground. 3 miles away is Loggerhead Key, where you can see the lighthouse and the historic Carnegie Laboratory for Marine Ecology. The national park is also home to a huge variety of marine life and coral reefs. In fact, the park was named for the sea turtles who call this area home. Here you will find some of the best snorkeling and diving in the state.

The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a place to learn about the native plants and animals of the keys. Explore exhibits of all the local ecosystems natural to the keys.

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a 106 mile trail that runs throughout the Florida Keys from Key Largo to Key West. The trail is suited for pedestrians and bicyclists alike and parallels U.S. Highway 1. Carrying such designations as a National Scenic Highway and All-American Road. Park-goers and trail-goers can experience a wide range of activities such as skating, sightseeing, paddling, mountain biking, and boating to name a few.

The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park is a great site for history buffs, beach lovers, and more. The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park touts Key West's favorite beach and is home to the largest collection of Civil War military memorabilia. Civil War reenactments are held every third weekend of the month at The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park. If you cannot make it on the third weekend either the tour guides or the interpretive panels tell how important The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park's role was in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. In addition to the the Civil War historical offerings, the park provides concession and restaurant, paddling, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Whether you want to learn about the Civil War on lounge around on the beach, The Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park has something just for you.

Indian Key Historic State Park is a small island only accessible via boat. It can be an ideal location for those looking to swim, sunbathe, and hike along with other activities. Open year round starting at 8am to sundown, this historic park sits on 11 acres and only 1/2 mile off shore. Back in the 1800's it was business salvaging cargo for the Florida Keys. It is a great visit for a day of animal watching and kayaking in which you can easily see a stingray and maybe even a shark. 

Underwater and spanning 70 nautical miles, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is unlike any other park in Florida. Like many parks it offers picnicking, fishing, canoeing, swimming at the beach, and tropical hammocks. What sets it apart is the coral reef resting just below its waters. For those looking to get a view of life under the waves there are tours with glass bottomed boats and kayaking tours available. But adventure-seekers wanting to see up close what this sunken site has to offer have access to snorkeling and scuba-diving. Anyone who is interested in the park but not getting wet can view the many nature videos and salt-water aquariums on the park's campus.

Named by the afluent Miami chemist William J. Matheson, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park is an island of hardwood hammock forests spared from the increasing industrialization of nearby areas. The island is only accessible via boat tours or private boat rentals.

Long Key State Park is a beautiful park that has campfire circles, campgrounds, a shower station, and more on site. Visitors can go camping, fishing, hiking, star gazing, snorkeling, and more.

Naval Air Station Key West lies on Boca Chica Key, an island 1 mile east of the island of Key West, Florida. Located near the southernmost point of the continental USA, the NAS Key West website states that, “Naval Air Station Key West's national security mission supports operational and readiness requirements for Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Guard units, federal agencies and allied forces.” 

The Florida Keys are home to the fifth largest coral reef system in the world. This state park shows where coral used to live when Florida was underwater, hence the name 'fossil'. When you visit, you'll see remains of coral reefs within the geologic makeup of the park. 

Website Listings

Alexander’s Guesthouse is an LGBT guesthouse that has been a safe space for gay and lesbian couples for decades. It is still a favorite locale for LGBT people and allies visiting Key West. It is also a popular place for weddings for all kinds of couples.

Alonzo’s Oyster Bar is a great place to come for delicious, fresh seafood in Key West. Their oysters are especially good, so if you're a fan this is a place you can't miss.

Art On Duval Key West is a gallery right in the heart of Key West. It is owned by photographer Michael Procaccini, and it features tons of the most iconic local artists as well. 

The Banana Cafe is a cute French-style cafe in Key West. It combines French sophistication with a laid-back island charm in crepes, sandwiches, salads, and more. Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Besame Mucho is a romantic boutique in Bahama Village in Key West. It has tons of charming items just waiting for you to discover them.

Blue Heaven is one of Key West's best casual places to grab a bite to eat. Delicious, well thought out food is enjoyed al fresco in an environment that showcases visual art and live music. Come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Books & Books is a Florida-based book store with locations all throughout South Florida (and one in the Cayman Islands). The first location opened in Coral Gables in 1982. Now it is a premier location for all your reading needs. 3 of the locations, the Adrienne Arsht Center shop, the Coral Gables shop, and the Coconut Grove shop, also have a cafe where you can find yummy snacks as well as beer and wine.

Boyd’s Key West Campground has been a premier location for keys camping since it opened in 1963. It has sites for RV and tent camping. The family owned campground focuses on giving you that southern hospitality to make your stay the best it can be. Staying here will also give you access to the campsite pool, the game room, kayak and paddleboard rentals, a boat ramp, and so much more.

Café Solé is a cafe with a French flair using locally caught seafood and other local ingredients. In addition to their seafood specialties, they also have an extensive vegetarian menu and an award winning key lime pie. 

Caroline’s Cafe is a casual restaurant and bar in Key West with a variety of foods to choose from including classic America dishes and island fare. If you're a burger lover, Caroline's is a must visit spot. They have one of the best burgers on the island!

Get some of the best seafood in the keys with a beautiful waterfront view. The Conch Republic Seafood Company has a sampling of every Key West staple as well as a variety of dishes for every taste.

Get your caffeine pick-me-up with authentic Cuban coffee at Cuban Coffee Queen. There are two locations on the island where you can get coffee as well as breakfast foods, sandwiches, smoothies, and more.

Eaton Street Seafood Market is a seafood market in Key West where you can buy the freshest caught seafood on the island. You can take it home to cook it for yourself, or select your catch and have someone prepare it for you on the spots.

Get some authentic Cuban food at El Meson de Pepe in Key West, an island only 90 miles from Cuba. They have been serving authentic food and drinks for over 30 years.

Ernest Hemingway is one of the most famous former residents of Key West. This house was his home beginning in 1931 and was a common place for him to visit even when it wasn't his permanent home for the rest of his life. It was built in 1851 and became the first home in Key West to have an in ground pool in the 1930s. One of the most well-known residents of the home was Hemingway's six-toed cat, and many of the descendants of that cat, who also have six toes, live there still. Now the home serves as a museum to honor Hemingway. You can tour the home for an in-depth history lesson, or it can be rented for events such as weddings.

A restaurant located just south of Mallory square in the Florida Keys, with one of the nation's southernmost breweries producing 3 original craft beers. The restaurant has an expansive outdoor space that is great for hosting weddings and its signature Crash Bar that serves drinks atop an aluminum plane wing. The menu features a bevy of traditionally-inspired dishes with a unique flare, and the restaurant hosts brunch every Sunday. 

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.

Florida Keys Brewing Company is located in Islamorada, Florida and is one of the largest craft breweries in the Florida Keys and the first in the upper keys. They feature a rotating 20-draft beer list with selections that not only epitomize Florida beer but also transcend every style. The brewery also boasts an expansive beer garden with sand traps to remind you that you're never far from the shore. 

Fort East Martello was an incomplete Confederacy fort during the American Civil War that has since been restored and opened as a museum in 1950. Immerse yourself in the imaginative art of Stanley Papio and meet the infamously haunted Robert the Doll.

The Gallery on Greene aims to curate works that help enhance a living space. It highlights artists from both Key West and Cuba.

Gildea Contemporary Gallery is a gallery that collects great abstract and contemporary paintings and sculptures. Many of the artists are locals to Key West, but there are also many national and international artist featured.

Key West's Half Shell Raw Bar offers some of the freshest seafood you will find anywhere. It's the only restaurant in Key West that owns its Fish Market, so you know all of the ingredients are coming straight from the source. Here you can eat raw seafood to your heart's content right on the waterfront.

One of the smallest microbreweries in the country, hosting a variety of Florida breweries on their guest taps as well as a large selection of bottles from breweries across the country and around the world. Heartbreakers also features live, local musicians on the regular and allows an open mic format so as to allow artists from a range of talents to perform whatever they want, be it music, poetry, or even the occasional stand-up comic. 

The world famous Hog's Breath Saloon is located in the heart of Old Town, hosting live musical performances with local and national bands. Enjoy the merry entertainment while indulging in a shot of the unique Key Lime Shooter made with real Key Limes!

A brewing company in Islamorada with a second location in Fort Pierce with a fairly large distribution radius for its size, reaching the majority of the state of Florida. With a lot of Florida-inspired brews filling their chalkboard menu, it is a great place to unwind and relax as the locals do in their homey taproom located right off of highway 1. 

No trip to Key West is complete without a slice of the official pie of the state of Florida. Kermit's Key West Key Lime Pie Shoppe is the definitive place to grab an authentic key lime pie.

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. 

The Key West Art Center is the oldest gallery on the island of Key West. It was established in 1960 in a historic building in the Mallory Square area. Since then it has specialized in showcasing the best in local talent. It also plays host to events and art classes that anyone can attend.

The Key West Cemetery is a unique final resting place. Built on the ruined remains of the old cemetery destroy by the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846, the Key Cemetery is lined with a crowded jumble of grave and alabaster-white above ground vaults forming a miniature city of the dead.

Rum has been distilled illegally in Key West for generations, but it wasn't until recently that it became a legal enterprise. Key West First Legal Rum Distillery is a great place to try this island's favorite liquor. They have all kinds of fun specialty rums infused with local flavors such as key lime and creme brulee.

Come golfing in paradise at the Key West Golf Club on Stock Island. It has 18 unique holes on over 200 acres of land. The only caribbean gold course in the United States, here you will find a tropical wonderland complete with tangled mangroves and local wildlife. 

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.

The Key West Key Lime Pie Company is a bakery that focuses purely on making the perfect key lime pie. If trying their pie and other key lime treats isn't enough for you, you can attend a class and learn how to make the classic island treat yourself.

The Key West Lighthouse was opened in 1848 to help curb the shipwrecks that were always common in the area. When it opened it became one of the first lighthouses to have a female keeper. It closed in 1969 but remains as a museum and tourist attraction. Visitors can climb the 88 steps to the top and peruse the grounds to learn more about life in a lighthouse.

Key West Pottery is a Key West Gallery that brings together functional as well as fine art pottery. It focuses on curating work that showcases the unique aesthetic of Key West. 

The Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum celebrates the era of the wreckers in Key West, a time in the 1800s when people made a living salvaging shipwrecks. During this time hundreds of ships were coming through Key West and there was about one wreck every week. Wreckers would wait to spot a wreck and race to be the first one to arrive at the wreck, and the one to take control of the spoils. Many people struck it rich in this career and helped make Key West the richest city in America. The museum displays the kinds of treasures wreckers might have found during that time and invites visitors to experience life as a wrecker.

The Key West Theater is a historic theater in Key West. It is located in a building that was originally the 1st Baptist Church of Key West built in 1848. It has had many lives since then as a dance club and concert venue. Now it hosts music, comedy, and many additional local events.

The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is the perfect place to experience the natural environment of the keys. It serves as an arboretum, botanical garden, wildlife refuge, and education center. As the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the US, it is the perfect place for many plants to flourish year-round.

The Key West Wildlife Center is a rescue center for the local wildlife of the keys. They rescue over 1400 wild birds each year in addition to a number of turtles, tortoises, and marine and land mammals. You can visit year round to learn about the work they do and to walk the nature trail where you can see animals in their natural habitat.

Founded on the principles of providing "entertaining community news showcasing the eccentric characters and tropical locations of the Florida Keys," this privately owned community media company produces community newspapers and specialty magazines throughout the Keys. 

Latitudes is the only restaurant on Sunset Key, a tiny island west of Key West that is only accessible by boat. Come here for a luxurious, flavorful meal right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.

Leo’s Campground is a small family owned campground on Stock Island in Key West. It is pet friendly, kid friendly, and available for longtime stay. Around the property you will find tons of unique activities for the whole family like a giant chess set.

Louie's Backyard is an oceanfront fine dining restaurant in Key West. The beautiful space was once a Victorian style home converted into the restaurant in 1971. It focuses on fresh, local ingredients and made-to-order recipes including delicious local seafoods.

The Lower Keys Medical Center serves the people of Key West and nearby islands. They offer 24-hour emergency, X-ray, and laboratory services.

Mel Fisher was one of Key West's most famous treasure hunters. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum holds some of his finds and other treasure recovered from 17th century wrecks around the island.

Mellow Café and Gastropub has some of the best inexpensive meals in Key West. They serve breakfast all day as well as a generous selection of sandwiches, tacos, smoothies, and more.

Nine One Five is a bar and restaurant on Duval Street in Key West inside an old Victorian home. They have stylish American food with global accents and a wine bar that is open late.

Old Town Bakery is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat in Key West. It serves various breads, pastries, and sandwiches. You'll find one of the tastiest key lime pies on the island here.

The Oldest House in South Florida is in Key West on the historic Duval Street. It was built in 1829 and has survived many disasters that nearby houses did not. Today it is a museum that shows visitors what life was like back then and how people lived on the islands.

OnlyWood is an authentic Italian trattoria and pizzeria in Key West. Pizzas are made Neapolitan style in an oven made from lavic materials from Vesuvius. They also serve traditional pastas and more.

Papa’s Pilar is a distillery inspired by the life of Ernest Hemingway, Key West's most famous former resident. It is named for Hemingway's boat, which took him on many great adventures. Here you will find delicious rum inspired by global flavors.

Pepe’s Cafe is the oldest restaurant in Key West, built in 1909. It serves a variety of American style foods including surf 'n turf for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

"The Hottest Spot on the Island", Peppers of Key West sells their huge inventory of hot sauce to people all over the world, but the original store still thrills visitors to Key West 7 days a week. They have everything a hot sauce lover could ever want including a tasting bar, so don't miss it on your next trip.

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.

Roof Top Cafe is one of Key West's highest-rated restaurants. Enjoy the island-style food in an intimate outdoor setting on a rooftop near Mallory Square. They also have an award winning wine list and full bar with signature cocktails.

Sandy’s Cafe is an authentic Cuban cafe that serves "the original Cuban sandwich" in Key West. It has been owned and operated by the same Cuban family for over 30 years. Get your sandwich with a Cuban coffee at the shop, or get it delivered.

Santiago’s Bodega serves Spanish style fine wines, sangria, tapas, and dessert in a few locations throughout Florida. The original location was in Key West. It is named after a character from The Old Man and the Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, who once called Key West home.

Seven Fish is a Key West classic open for over 20 years. They serve delicious fresh fish, but also plenty of well-loved non-seafood dishes. Also check out their specialty drink and wine menu.

Sloppy Joe’s is a Key West staple. It has been serving the people of Key West since the repeal of prohibition 1933. It is still one of the best places to get a drink on the island with a taproom that features several Florida beers and a full bar.

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra performs in three main places, Miami, Key West, and Fort Lauderdale. They aim to bring the arts to as many people in South Florida as possible. 

The Custom House Museum is Key West's leading history museum. It began as Key West's customs office, postal service, and district courts after being built 1891. Now it is a great place to learn about the rich history of this beautiful island.

The Green Pineapple is a boutique and cafe that focuses on helping you master the art of living well. They sell yoga wear as well as other boutique clothing items. The cafe has healthy, organic meals and smoothies. You can also participate in yoga classes happening every day or get a treatment at their spa.

The Studios of Key West is an artistic space where local artists can rent studio space, show there work, and attend lectures and workshops. They bring the arts of all kinds to the public in the form of art shows and a concert series.

One of the largest breweries in the Florida Keys, overlooking the Key West Bight Marina. The brewery comes equipped with an extensive food menu with signature handcrafted sandwiches, a variety of sea and land entrees, and house made desserts. They brew many styles of beer and although none are their signature, they do all styles the right way. 

Thirsty Mermaid serves locally caught, fresh seafood in Key West. It has one of the most extensive raw bars on the island. It also has a wide selection of craft beers and wine.

Every cool city deserves a cool independent movie theater, and Tropic Cinema is that for Key West. It shows lots of the latest big hits, but also some old classics and some independent films. It also showcases local artists, with a gallery and a great space for events.

The Truman Little White House has had many purposes through history. It began as a naval station’s command headquarters in 1890 and remained so for decades. It is most famous as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman. Today it serves as museum of presidential history and Key West's place in it.

Turtle Kraals is a taste of authentic Key West. It serves Caribbean style food with lots of seafood options and more. It has a unique waterfront atmosphere and delicious specialty cocktails. Another unique aspect of Turtle Kraals is the world-famous turtle races that happen here on week nights.

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.

Zazoo Fine Art Gallery is a modern gallery owned by Don Oriolo. It features not only great art by local artists, but also fandom art, animation art, collectables, and original posters.