Key Largo is the first of the Florida Keys and is a very popular destination for visitors wanting to leave mainland Florida and getting a taste of the Caribbean. Thanks to the beautiful coral reefs and its underwater state park, Key Largo has often been called the Diving Capital of the World. Visitors will enjoy beautiful sunsets and sunrises on this low-key island. The prime season to visit Key Largo is between the months of November and March when the weather is warm but not rainy (past the Hurricane season.)
Key Largo is known as a diving mecca and there are an array of dive companies operating on the island taking large groups of people diving in the reefs. Other water-related activities to do in Key Largo include snorkeling, boat tours, parasailing, and fishing. Key Largo has a large Cuban population so visitors should take advantage of the great Cuban cuisine available. Some popular establishments include Buzzards Roost Restaurant, Caribbean Club, and Coconuts Restaurant & Lounge.
Other highlights of Key Largo include John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park with approximately 70 nautical square miles of Atlantic Ocean waters. It was the first underwater park in the United States. Established in 1963, the park extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately 25 miles in length. Additionally, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park is located in the center of Key Largo and is an important habitat for the threatened Key Largo Woodrat and Key Largo Cotton Mouse. Those visiting Key Largo can also opt for swimming with dolphins in the Dolphin Cove.
Key Largo has an array of fun destinations around it for fun day trips. Everglades National Park is only located approximately 45 minutes away. It is the United States’ largest tropical wilderness east of the Mississippi River and is visited on average by one million people per year. Biscayne National Park is located approximately 45 minutes away and the park covers 172,971 acres of extensive mangrove forest. The great city of Miami is located only an hour away and visitors can enjoy great Southern Florida culture, cuisine, and beaches. Visitors can also opt for visiting the rest of the Florida Keys. The most southern part of Key West is just 90 miles from Cuba so the Keys definitely have an authentic Cuban feel to them.
Key Largo has an array of accommodations available to visitors including hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, vacation rentals, inns, and even campground for those that want to camp. The campgrounds are largely located at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Getting to Key Largo is easiest via Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Key Largo does not lend itself to bikes or walking due to the presence of a large highway and most shops are along this highway. Therefore, it is recommended that visitors visit Key Largo and the Florida via personal or rented vehicles. There are also taxi services available
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