Even though it is the last of the islands, Key West is the most highly populated. It is also only 90 miles from Cuba. It has a special island vibe with bright architecture, incredible sunsets, and tropical waters.
Because of its rich history, Key West has a variety of local tours, arts and crafts as well as outstanding cuisine and a lively dining scene. There are also endless happy hours on Duval Street and vibrant nightlife so come ready to party.
As the largest section of the Keys, Key Largo is known as the diving capital of the world. Its vast living coral reef preserve is located just a few miles off the shore. John Pennekamp State Park was the first undersea park built in the United State. You can scuba dive, snorkel, explore a Spanish shipwreck, and fish there. This is definitely some of the finest snorkeling and diving in the keys. Visit Hawks Cay Resort, located in Duck Key. It's known for its aquamarine waters and glorious sunsets and sunrises best captured from the water. Dock at the Faro Blanco Marina, home to the Faro Blanco Lighthouse. Travel from Faro Blanco to Marathon. This quaint town offers great restaurants that serve incredible fresh seafood and local artisanal crafts and art. Marathon is also home to some beautiful beaches including Key Colony Beach and Sombrero Beach as well as the Dolphin Research Center which offers learning experiences for children and adults.
Islamorada is the sportfishing capital of the world and only 90 minutes south of Miami. Other than fishing you can also stop by a sandbar, float around in the warm knee-deep waters, and mingle with the many friendly boaters. The colorful coral reefs are great for exploring. After a long day of relaxation, there are a variety of restaurants where you can park your vessel and eat and then cruise around to catch a glimpse of a sea turtle or wild dolphin.
Located west of Key West and near the Gulf of Mexico, the Dry Tortugas National Park boasts unparalleled stretches of coral reef ideal of snorkeling. This 64,000-acre national park was established in 1992 and is made up of 7 small islands and land submerged under crystal blue waters. This trip is perfect for multiple day charters and best combined with a stop in the Florida Keys along the way.