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The picturesque and unique archipelago of Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are an array of islands which extend a further two hundred kilometres from the southern tip of Florida, ending with the island of Key West. The archipelago consists of over 1,700 islands although the core activity and population is concentrated across less than twenty of these which are linked together by the famous Overseas Highway. Visitors frequent the Keys throughout the year for its tropical climate and array of beaches and nature-spots, but there are also a few hidden gems and unexpected attractions to be found.
Key Largo and the start of the Overseas Highway
The Overseas Highway is the crucial lifeline of the area in the modern age, enabling Key West and dozens of islands along the way to be connected to mainland Florida. As a result, these islands connected by the highway are the most visited and contain the majority of the amenities and hotels in the Florida Keys. The region is then divided into the Lower, Middle and Upper Keys, with each separated from the Middle by two long bridges which are attractions in their own right. Heading south from Miami, the Upper Keys start with the largest island, Key Largo. One of the most popular islands, it is known for its excellent diving opportunities around the nearby John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, plus a large strip of shops, restaurants and tourist operators. Another popular attraction with visitors is the Botanical Gardens at Kona Kai Resort; a wide selection of exotic plants with interactive tours available. With further regards to Key Largo, it is also where several of the larger resort hotels of the Florida Keys are found, thanks to the extra land and closer proximity to Miami and the nearby international airports.
Incredible nature and wildlife in Islamorada
The region of Islamorada contains the next major islands along the highway, still considered in the Upper Keys. This collection of islands contains dozens of sublime beaches plus a host of private beach resorts and luxury accommodation, largely situated on the more populated islands such as Plantation Key and Windley Key. There are also an assortment of residential streets and holiday homes, but nonetheless a great deal for visitors to see and do. Several small state parks can be found providing further examples of the region's natural beauty, plus the Theater of the Sea; a well-established attraction offering a variety of marine mammal interaction and shows. Families in particular enjoy this popular destination which has been operating since 1946 and continues to draw visitors from across the globe. The islands become further apart towards the the southern tip of Islamorada, ending with the protected island of Long Key and its namesake bridge. This three kilometre bridge marks the end of Upper Keys and links to Duck Key, considered the start of the Middle Keys.
An isolated collection of smaller keys
The Middle Keys are formed of a group of smaller islands, tightly placed together and linked to the other regions by two lengthy bridges. The major commercial activity is centered around the city of Marathon, which is also home to the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport, a popular landing point for private flights. Marathon houses a variety of restaurants and shops, mostly on the island of Vaca Key which is also home to a multitude of accommodation. Thanks to its small size, the Middle Keys has several beaches which are within walking distance of any hotel, making the area one of the most convenient places to stay in the Florida Keys for quick beach access. In addition, visitors can arrive from neighbouring islands into one of the multiple marinas the Middle Keys is home to. From these marinas there are also a range of sightseeing, fishing and diving boats offering guests a variety of opportunities to get out onto the water. Heading south from Marathon there are a few more smaller islands sporadically scattered along the Overseas Highway, before the start of the Seven Mile Bridge which links to Big Pine Key and the start of the Lowers Keys region.
The historical island of Key West
The region at the end of the Overseas Highway is made up of hundreds of small islands but just a few are inhabited. The highway ends on the island of Key West which is in fact closer to Havana, Cuba than it is to Miami and there is a famous marker to indicate this. This location provides it with a very warm and tropical climate and Key West claims to be the only city in the lower 48 states to have never had a frost. This helps make the island a popular destination with tourists and it is home to several attractions plus a variety of beaches and a picturesque city centre. Many of the buildings here feature distinct, historic architecture and the Old Town is consequently a well-revered spot with a host of souvenir shops and endless cafes. The famous Duval Street provides visitors with great options in terms of restaurants and nightlife. One absolute must-do is to stop in at a cafe and taste some of the famous Key Lime pie which the area is known for. Several of the Florida Keys hotels on the island are also housed in these old and quaint buildings, an element which adds to the magic of staying here.
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Hotel Opal Key Resort & Marina Key West
On the waterfront in Mallory Square, the classic 178-room, 4-star Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina is less than a 15-minute walk from the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the Key West Aquarium. The grand hotel features a business center with Internet access, a 37-slip marina, a 24-hour fitness center with workout gym, an outdoor pool, and a full service health and wellness spa. Guest accommodations feature ocean views, a bright and cheerful beach-themed décor, premium bedding, luxury linens, contemporary furnishing including a work desk and sitting area, a flat-screen television, an ensuite tiled bathroom with robes, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries. Pets are welcome. Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina features a 24-hour reception desk, boat rentals, currency exchange, luggage storage and a self-service laundry. Dining options include five on-site restaurants, and a swim-up poolside bar. The hotel is adjacent to Mallory Pier and within walking distance of shops, cafes and entertainment venues. more
Hotel Hotel Havana Cabana at Key West Key West
Hotel Havana Cabana at Key West is a paradise for those who want to relax or engage in all that Key West has to offer, surrounded by vintage décor. Smoke-free rooms feature HD TVs, coffee-making facilities, refrigerators, hair dryers, blackout drapes and Wi-Fi. A resort fee provides guests access to the largest heated pool in Key West, as well as self- parking, 24-hour fitness centre and concierge services. The resort is near art galleries, museums, golf, water sports, shopping and pubs. Event and wedding facilities are also available. In addition to a pool-side tiki bar that provides daily drink specials and appetisers, food trucks are by the pool daily for breakfast and lunch service. Hotel Havana Cabana at Key West is within three miles of points of interest like the Key West Golf Club, Smathers Beach, Key West International Airport and Duval Street. more
Hotel Southernmost Beach Resort Key West Key West
The gorgeous scenery of Key West, the vibrant nightlife of Duval Street and fantastic boutique shopping are just steps away from the Southernmost Beach Resort Key West. Located in a quiet area of the island but close to every activity, guests can enjoy resort living at its best. Guest rooms are large, comfortable and well-appointed. All accommodations include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges. Many rooms also have furnished balconies. Three pools and a fitness centre are located on-site. Guests have access to pristine beaches and a private pier. Fresh local fare is featured at the hotel’s charming Southernmost Beach Café. Several tropical poolside and waterfront bars are also located on-site. Dry Tortugas National Park is 1.3 miles from the hotel. South Beach is within walking distance. more
Hotel Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West Key West
Located near Key West Airport, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West features business and fitness centers and a 24-hour convenience store. The hotel places guests within a few miles of attractions such as Old Town and Mallory Square. Rooms feature modern decor and amenities such as flat-screen TVs, premium cable, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Other provisions include microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. Facilities at the hotel include concierge services, guest laundry equipment, and electric car charging stations. The grounds feature an outdoor pool with fountains, cabanas, and tropical landscaping. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West offers a free hot breakfast buffet. Plus, snacks and drinks are served at the poolside Tiki bar. Local hotels include Bagatelle, Prime 951, and the Half Shell Raw Bar. The hotel lies within two miles of Duval Street and Smathers Beach and within three miles of Truman Little White House, The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Southernmost Point. more
Hotel 24 North Hotel | Key West Key West
The waterfront 24 North Hotel | Key West is located in Key West directly on the Straits of Florida just a couple of minutes from Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. Inviting, nautical-style rooms feature coffee making facilities, as well as microwaves and minifridges. Guests can also upgrade for views overlooking the Straits and/or separate living spaces with pull-out couches. The property features a sprawling outdoor pool enveloped by palm trees. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor bar/café, the hotel fitness centre, and coin-operated laundry facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Drinks and small snacks are available at the bar/café, and popular Key West eateries such as Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar and A&B Lobster House are a short drive away. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is within close proximity to the 24 North Hotel | Key West, and Key West International Airport is just a five-minute drive from the property. more
Hotel Southernmost Inn Key West
Adults-only Southernmost Inn Key West is located in the Key West Historic District, one block from Duval Street and two blocks from the beach. It’s just over three miles from Key West International Airport. Air-conditioned rooms are individually decorated and furnished with flat-screen TVs and offer free Wi-Fi and bottled water. There are four room types, all with en-suite bathrooms. Relax by the two outdoor pools and the spacious Jacuzzi. There is a 24-hour front desk and concierge services. Limited onsite parking is available (for a surcharge). Wake for the daily continental breakfast. Unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge or poolside bar. Southernmost Inn Key West is a two-minute walk from Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and ten minutes from Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. It’s half a mile from Southernmost Point. Enjoy a sunset sail or an afternoon of snorkeling. This accommodation is also known as Pearl's Adult Only, Pearl's Adult Only Hotel, Pearl's Adult Only Hotel Key West, and Pearl's Key West Adult Only. more
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