Also called ‘Cayo Largo’ by the Spanish meaning Long Key, Key Largo is a destination with a long history of pirates and wrecks. In fact, Key Largo calls itself the Dive capital of the world. There are natural and artificial reefs to dive, as well as some interesting wrecks in the area. It is a great place for diving and snorkelling alike.
The area is made up of three communities – North Key Largo, Key Largo and Tavernier – all of which experience the most beautiful sunsets, perfect for ending every day in the Key Largo area.
It is home to the world’s largest artificial reef and the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park. The John Pennekamp State Park was America’s first underwater state park and comes complete with a Coral Reef Theatre and beach. It’s idyllic location and stunning backdrop has made Key Largo a popular filming destination too. Who knows, you could find yourself playing witness to the filming of the next blockbuster!
The area has two state parks, a national park and a national marine sanctuary as well as a number of attractions. There are plenty of arts and culture opportunities to enjoy at Key Largo, including ecotours, dolphin encounters. You could also hire a motorbike for a day or two to explore along the coast. You can visit the marinas of Key Largo to admire the many beautiful yachts moored there and take a trip to a gallery or museum for the day. The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a fantastic experience for underwater activities such as snorkelling and water sport activities.
Fishing is also brilliant here with the abundance ocean providing many fishing world records, which are then promptly broken with an even bigger catch! On land, there are many seafood restaurants that cook the freshest fish, often from the same day catch making for tasty dishes. Every day of your holiday to Key Largo could be different, from days packed with sightseeing to days unwinding on the beach or wreck diving.
Key Largo is the most North of the Florida Keys but is still only an hour’s drive away from South Florida’s two major airports. Almost everything outside of the Key West is close to the highway, and so hiring a car or motorbike is a very handy way for exploring the area. There are taxis and regular shuttles too.
The range of hotels in the Key Largo area is suitable for everyone whether you are travelling on your own or with a large group of friends or family, and couples too. If you love the sea and want a paradise to relax, then make Key Largo your Florida holiday destination.