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Local Area Guide: Things to do / Activities / Attractions

There are so many things to do and see in the Florida Keys, it's hard to list them all in one place! Some favorite highlights include:

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: In Key Largo at MM 102.5 Oceanside. Explore America's first underwater park. Glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling, scuba, full & half-day boat rentals, kayak and canoe rentals. A great activity center for the kids, and lots more. www.pennekamppark.com

Dagney Johnson Botanical State Park: Located at MM 106 in northern Key Largo, this wonderful site offers self-guided and ranger-guided nature tours, featuring local flora & fauna.

Keys Diver & Snorkel Center:  At Keys Diver we offer snorkel only tours and these trips are geared for the skin divers, from the novice snorkeler to the experienced scuba diver. On these tours you may find parents who have been scuba diving for years introducing their young children to the wonders of the sea. In the process they re-discover what got them interested in diving in the first place. The thrill and freedom of floating over a living coral garden with only mask, fins and snorkel and safety vest is hard to top. www.keysdiver.com

Bahia Honda State Park: In the Lower Keys, at MM 37, this fabulous park offers the best of the islands! From a beautiful sandy beach that's been voted "Best Beach" by Conde Nast Traveler, to picnic areas, boat ramps, cabins & campsites, nature trail, swimming and snorkeling (rentals available), Bahia Honda has a natural beauty that shouldn't be missed. www.floridastateparks.org

Eco Tours: There's a lot more to the Florida Keys than just fishing, diving, eating, shopping & drinking -- our fragile natural eco-system has many hidden wonders along the water's edge as well as on tiny islands in Florida Bay. Several local vendors offer guided tours. One of our favorites: Capt. Sterling's Everglades Eco Tours, www.captsterling.com

Dolphin Encounters: Whether you want to swim with them, or just enjoy watching their frolicsome play, you shouldn't miss a chance to meet a few of our nicest locals! There are several dolphin encounter centers in the Keys, including Dolphin Cove and Dolphins Plus in Key Largo. Islamorada is home to the Theater of the Sea, featuring continuous live shows daily with dolphins, sea lions, rays and more. It's a real marine mammal adventure!

Under the Sea: The Florida Keys, especially the Upper Keys, are world famous for our crystal-clear waters, our living coral reef (the only one in the continental U.S.) and the many shipwrecks and artificial reefs. Whether you Scuba or snorkel, a visit to the Keys is not complete without "getting your face wet"! Numerous local vendors stand ready to help you make your underwater plans. Ask your rental agent for recommendations. And, if you don't dive or snorkel, you can still get a peek at our underwater beauty by taking a trip on one of the glass bottom boat tours!

On top of the Sea: Yes, we're a little water oriented here in the islands! There's plenty to do above the waves as well, including fishing, parasailing, kite boarding, water skiing, kayaking & canoeing, or just lying on a beach with a frosty beverage! We recommend a quick stop at the Legendary Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, at MM 106.5, to browse through the many brochures they have available.

 

Boat & Jet Ski Rentals
Want to rent a boat or jet skis for your Florida Keys vacation. Try these vendors out and enjoy the waters of the Florida Keys. Ask your rental agent for a map of the Keys Waterways.

Vacation Pictures
Please send your favorite vacation pictures to us to post. Others may find something new to explore they have never seen before.

Diving & Snorkeling
The Florida Keys has some of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the world. Hitch a a ride on any of our boats and enjoy the underwater world of Key Largo, Islamorada and the Florida Keys.

Fishing
The Florida Keys has a number of great fishing charters, whether deep sea or flats fishing we have a captain, guide and boat for your off shore excursion.

Restaurants & Dining
A compilation of our local area Restaurants for your dining enjoyment while on your Florida Keys Vacation.

Parks & Beaches
There are a number of parks to visit in the Florida Keys. Most are waterfront with beaches and swimming areas. Enjoy our Island beauty while soaking in the sun and relaxation.

Swimming Pools
If you are looking for a pool to dip into, try our many facilities in the area to relax pool side and get a Florida Keys tan.

Swim with the Dolphins
Ever wanted to swim with the Dolphins..... Well we have that in the Keys. The Dolphin Facilities offered here in the Keys are very professional and well maintained. The Dolphins are well cared for and fun to visit... you will fall in love with the experience...book a reservation today at any or all of these faciliites. Oh and they will take the pictures for you....

Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events that are happening throughout the Florida Keys.

Chamber of Commerce
Local Area Chambers of Commerce information from Key Largo to Key West.

Real Estate Sales in the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys is recovering nicely from the economic downturn the country has experienced. Our partner company Prudential Keysiwde Properties is a one stop shop for all the good real estate needs a buyer may have.

Fitness
Need a workout while you are on vacation and have the time, try these workout gyms then hit the water for a day of Florida Keys fun.

Shopping
Shopping in the Florida Keys

Nature Centers and Museums
The Florida Keys has a number of great Nature Centers & Museums to visit while on your Keys Vacation.

Hospitals
If an emergency does happen The Florida Keys has a hospital to serve your medical needs.

Webcams
Webcams throughout the Florida Keys Locations and attractions. To view local live feeds throughout the Florida Keys go to www.floridakeyswebcam.tv/ Hilarious!!!!

Local News
Enjoy our local news through these local reporters. The papers you will find throughout the Florida Keys are The Reporter, Key Sunday, The Free Press, The Key West Citizen. You will also find the Coconut Telegraph hanging around from place to place with tid bits of local gossip; a Fun Read for sure...

Keys Photography
We have a few good photographers in the Florida Keys. Enjoy the views we live with through their eyes.