What to do in the Florida Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!

 

Florida Keys Attractions

The Florida Keys are teeming with activities and things to do for visitors of all ages and interests. Your time in the Keys can be as action-packed and thrilling or relaxed and low-key as you desire. You control the pace of your vacation.

Adventure-seekers can test the water, and their skills, on a fishing charter for prized game fish. Get up close and personal with tropical fish on a snorkel trip, or dive to explore a ship wreck on the ocean floor. Visit local art galleries and museums and shop for unique gifts. Feast on fresh seafood at fine restaurants and hang with the locals, or just hang on a hammock suspended between two palms. Simply unwind and let go with the outgoing tide. You will be, after all, on island time.

The Upper Keys:

In Key Largo and Islamorada, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn

Islamorada:

Our Village of Islands is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and the continental United States’ only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.

Islamorada is comprised of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key.

This might be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water.

With a fleet of highly-skilled recreational fishing captains, Islamorada’s reputation as The Sport Fishing Capital of the World is well earned. Yet there is a secret that is just starting to get out. Not everyone comes here to fish.

Divers and snorkelers are fascinated by the History of Diving Museum that opened in 2006 to rave reviews. Music lovers enjoy warm, tropical evenings on the lawn of the TIB Amphitheater at Founder’s Park. Theater lovers routinely take in first-class productions at the Coral Shores Performing Arts Center.

Islamorada Fishing

Robbie’s Marina sells buckets of bait for feeding swarms of tarpon that linger around the docks. The Theater of the Sea Marine Mammal Park offers opportunities to swim with dolphin and other creatures in controlled settings.

Islamorada Nature

At Long Key State Park, visitors kick back or meander along lush, tropical nature trails. At Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, they view an old quarry dug by the late Henry Flagler’s railroad workers. Indian Key Historic State Park and Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park offer visitors a glimpse into Florida’s unique island history dating back to the early 1800′s.

 

A trip to Islamorada would not be complete without sampling some of the local island cuisine headlined by succulent fresh seafood served everywhere from island tiki bars and dockside fish houses to gourmet beachfront cafes and secluded island bistros. Shoppers will enjoy our many area boutiques and galleries filled with one-of-a-kind gifts, apparel and art.

Islamorada Key Limes

 

Islamorada

The Village of Islamorada has long been a popular honeymoon destination, but the area’s excellent lodging and hospitality also attract countless couples looking for the perfect, laid-back tropical wedding location.

Yes, there is world-class fishing here, but there is so much more.

Travelers on group tours through the Florida Keys – multi-generation families, reunions, seniors, foreign or special interest groups – can find unique experiences, soft adventure and quality for a great price.

For activity, fun and relation for the whole family – including the family dog – the 40-acre Islamorada Founders Park (MM 87 bayside) offers an Olympic-sized pool with diving area, a shallow water beach, water sports rentals, ball fields, fishing jetty, bocce, tennis and basketball courts, vita course with 18 exercise stations, multi-purpose path, skate park and dog park.

 

The Middle Keys

In the Middle Keys,  KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas &Marinas

Marathon:

Marathon is a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain, comprised mainly on Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key and Grassy Key.

Residents, snowbirds and visitors enjoy Marathon’s fishing heritage, an old-Keys lifestyle and seafaring traditions, a theme celebrated in the area’s accommodations, such as private waterfront vacation homes, small hotels, beachside inns and tropical, family-style resorts; and annual seafood festivals and waterside restaurants that harvest fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws from local waters.

Marathon is one of the Keys’ most marine-friendly cities with nearly 1,200 wet slips, 1,200 dry slips and major facilities to accommodate transient cruisers There are also special mooring and managed anchorage fields in Boot Key Harbor as part of a statewide environmental protection pilot program through July 2014. Boats on a mooring ball do pay a fee.


Marathon City Marina, considered the Keys’ jewel for cruisers, administers 226 mooring balls and has limited dockage. Both mooring balls and dockage are available by the day, week or month.

Other features include two dinghy docks, storage, private showers and bathroom facilities, social center, coin-operated laundry and parking.

Florida Keys Marathon Airport busily accommodates a full range of services for general aviation enthusiasts and corporate jet operators. Two full-service FBO’s offer fuel, maintenance, tie-down, pilot and passenger facilities. Ground transportation options are available including an airport shuttle, car rental agencies and taxi service.

Natural Environment

Marathon offers spectacular sailing, fishing, world-class wreck and reef diving and snorkeling, in addition to the island’s impeccably maintained beaches, eco-attractions and marine-based educational programs.

At Crane Point Museum, Nature Center & Historic Site, visitors can hike through a wondrously preserved tropical hardwood grove and visit the home of an early 20th Century settler family.

Visitors to the five-acre Pigeon Key venture back in time to a tiny island that played a tremendous role in the Florida Keys as a home base for Henry M. Flagler’s railroad workers.

A federally protected section of the United States’ only living coral barrier reef lies just a few miles offshore, at teeming formations such as Delta Shoals, Coffin Patch and Sombrero Reef, shallow sites popular for students learning to scuba dive.

In the deeper blue waters of the Florida Straits lie artificial reefs and the purposely-sunk wreck of the Thunderbolt.

For anglers, waters teem with offshore billfish and tuna in the winter, bridge-hugging tarpon in the spring and dolphin fish in the summer. On the north side of the island lie the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Bay and the Keys backcountry.

The Lower Keys:

In the Lower Keys, Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina…vacation rentals

Key West:

Discover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain.

Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway’s home.

Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams.

Marvel at the accomplishment of Henry Flagler, an oil tycoon whose Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad train made its first journey to Key West on Jan. 12, 1912, literally connecting the previously isolated Florida Keys with the mainland for the first time, forever changing the face of the island chain.

Gaze at the fabled treasure of the galleon Atocha. Discover tomorrow’s fine art treasures by Key West’s well-known and unknown artists.

In Key West, you can visit these and a host of other attractions by taking advantage of convenient public transportation, taxis, pedi-cabs, tour trains, trolleys, bicycles or even your own two feet. For a visual introduction to the sights of Key West, please peruse our iPix virtual panoramic tours

With its balmy weather and crystal blue skies, the island is famous among the outdoors set for its diving, fishing, watersports and golfing at the nearby Key West Golf Club, a course designed by Rees Jones.

But only in Key West would the sun shine the brightest when it sets. Everyone gathers for the never planned, always varied Sunset Celebration on the Mallory Dock.

Sunset Weddings in Key West

Once the sun is safely tucked away by jugglers, mimes, musicians and street artists, the city moves to a different beat. A night beat. The streets, filled with sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants come alive. Gourmets and gourmands alike treat their palates to island specialties. Drama, musicals and comedy flourish on our stages.

 

As you enjoy these sights, you’ll discover that modern Key West is a warm-hearted place where all are welcome. The city’s vibrant Gay and Lesbian Community helped spearhead the island’s economic and social revival in the 1980′s.

ONE HUMAN FAMILY is the official philosophy of the island community of Key West and Monroe County; a simple motto which serves not only as a shining example of daily life here, but as one that is openly shared with global neighbors throughout the world.

Key West Seafood

Southernmost House

However you choose to see the town, you’ll discover that old town Key West is one of America’s true architectural and botanical treasures. On even the tiniest lanes, the locals have faithfully restored old wooden homes and adorned them with lush tropical trees and flowers.

Key West’s African cultural heritage is represented by the vibrant Bahama Village neighborhood, founded in the early 1800s by Africans migrating from the Bahamas, and in historic churches, indigenous food and annual festivals.

Among Key West’s most significant African cultural sites is the 1860 African Burial Ground, located on the island’s Atlantic Ocean shore beside a Civil War-era fort. It is believed by experts to be America’s only African refugee cemetery.

A memorial honoring the buried Africans is being constructed at the site.

New restaurants and stores are popping up in the historic Bahama Village neighborhood, which was settled in the 19th Century by Bahamian immigrants. Hemingway loved coming here to mix with the hard-working locals at boxing matches and arm-wrestling contests.


The island’s seafaring tradition lives on at the renovated Historic Seaport district, known locally as the Key West Bight. Dozens of shrimp boats once called this harbor home.

These days, “the Bight” is a popular place to arrange a day on the water, whether you are a diver, snorkeler, fisherman or eco-tourist. Others come just to stroll along the harbor walk or dine at one of the many restaurants.

In this city of fascinating contrasts, you could easily find yourself wanting to let go of mainland hassles permanently.

Come visit Key West. Like all the Keys, you’ll find it’s rich in history.

 

Watch the following video to learn more about the enchanting history of the southernmost city of the United States:

 

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