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Fun List of Florida Keys with Map

Florida Keys. Heaven on earth. I don’t care what anyone else says, it is breathtakingly gorgeous. From the top of the Florida Keys with Key Largo to the southernmost point of the Florida Keys with Key West, there is something fun for everyone.

Fun List Of The Florida Keys With Map

Florida Keys. Heaven on earth. I don’t care what anyone else says, it is breathtakingly gorgeous. From the top of the Florida Keys with Key Largo to the southernmost point of the Florida Keys with Key West, there is something fun for everyone.

florida keys overseas highway

Coral reefs to beautiful sanctuaries like the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary or National Key Deer Refuge. Palm trees to mangrove forests.

Over to one of the most beautiful national parks in North America, the Dry Tortugas National Park to explore history, snorkel or scuba diving then back to the nightclubs on Duval Street, this popular destination has something for everyone.

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Gulf of Mexico on one side with the Atlantic Ocean on the other. There are actually over 1700 islands in the Florida Keys. Quite a bit to list right?

I knew there were a lot of keys and islands that make up the Florida Keys, but I did not know over 1700! That makes it a bit difficult to list them all. There are over 40 bridges that connect the keys including the seven mile bridge.

I don’t think I really had a good idea of what 7 miles was while driving until we drove over this bridge. It feels like you are never going to get off the water. But what a view!

The keys actually stretch roughly 100 miles. The best way to give you a list, is to show you a map of Florida Keys then break the keys down from upper keys to lower keys.

As you leave the continental United States and Florida City, keep an eye out for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Sign or Florida Scenic Highway signs.

You will also find the mile marker for each of the larger keys and main islands such as Key Largo, Islamorada and Key West to help you plan your next Florida Keys road trip or Florida Keys vacation.

It is difficult to list the mile markers for the small islands as many you cannot reach except by boat. Here we go starting with the Upper Keys.

NOTE: Quick note. You may have heard of Virginia Key, but this key is a barrier island in Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach.

Upper Keys

From the southern coast of Florida beginning with Miami or Miami International Airport, it is roughly an hour drive to hit Key Largo.

NOTE: Elliot Key (Elliott Key) is the northernmost key and is north of Key Largo.

Starting from Southern Florida into the Upper Keys. The mile markers begin with 127 just south of Florida City.

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Key Largo in the Upper Florida Keys is mile marker 104. On this island you will find John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and some of the best diving in the world.

In addition to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, these are the best things to do while at our first stop:

  1. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  2. Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  3. Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary
  4. Dolphin Cove
  5. Upper Matecumbe Key is in this area.

Next largest key after Key Largo is Tavernier at mile marker 94. These are the best things to do while on this island:

  1. Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center
  2. Harry Harris Park is a great place for a picnic.
  3. Old Settlers Park with a fantastic view of the ocean.
  4. Stop for lunch or maybe a slice of key lime pie before continuing down the island chain.
Middle Florida Keys

Following Tavernier is Plantation Key at roughly mile marker 90. Be sure to visit these landmarks while on the island:

  1. Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve 
  2. Florida Keys Brewing Company
  3. Theater of the Sea
  4. Alligator Reef
  5. Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory for more key lime pie!

One final stop before we move into the Middle Keys is Islamorada. Islamorada is actually a village comprised of 6 islands.

  1. Indian Key Historic State Park
  2. Keys History and Discovery Center and learn about Monroe County, life in the keys, and the effects of devastating hurricane, Hurricane Irma.
  3. Indian Key Historic State Park is a tiny island with 1800s ruins.
  4. Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park is a former quarry.
  5. Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park 
  6. Water sports including paddleboarding, jet skiing, nature trails and more.

Middle Florida Keys

Moving into the middle keys, finds us in the city of Marathon first. You will want to be sure to visit these spots:

  1. Turtle Hospital to see the many rescued and rehabilitated sea turtles.
  2. Crane Point Museum, Nature Center, and Historic Site Crane Point
  3. Sombrero Beach especially if you love water sports.
  4. Bahia Honda State Park one of the best places to snorkel. Also Bahia Honda Key is one of the best places in the Florida Keys for stargazing.
  5. Grassy Key is near Marathon.

Leaving Marathon, you enter the mile marker which is the 7-mile bridge. This bridge is at mile marker 47. This bridge connects Knight’s Key in the middle keys to Little Duck Key in the lower keys.

Lower Florida Keys

On the other side of the 7-mile bridge, you enter the lower keys with Key West as the southernmost key and a very special place in my heart. The lower keys start at mile marker 40, but we will start with Big Pine Key at mile marker 33.5.

These are the stops you will want to make on Big Pine Key:

  1. National Key Deer Refuge to see the little key deer.
  2. Visit the Blue Hole which is actually an abandoned quarry.
  3. Stop and see Little Torch Key before you leave this area.

Next is Big Coppit Key at mile marker 11. On Big Coppit Key and nearby, you will want to stop at these fun spots:

  1. Beaches! Be sure to stop at Boca Chica Beach and Geiger Beach. A great spot to relax and recharge before continuing down the road south.
  2. Take a sunset cruise if you are on this island at dusk.

After Big Coppit Key is Stock Island. We are getting closer to the southernmost point of Key West. On this key, you will want to do these things:

  1. Plenty of marinas and fishing. Enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many local restaurants.
  2. This is also a great place to book a vacation rental if you would like to be a bit outside of Key West.

And finally! Key West! You have made it to the southernmost point of the United States.

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key west southernmost point

On Key West, you will want to hit these fun spots:

  1. Smathers Beach. This is the longest beach in Key West.
  2. Dog Beach. The only beach in Key West you can take dogs.
  3. Ernest Hemingway Home. Check out the resident cats while you are there.
  4. Mallory Square. Must-visit for those that love to shop. Browse in a gift shop while enjoying the live music from the local entertainment.
  5. Take a ferry over to the Dry Tortugas and have a great time exploring Fort Jefferson as well as the perfect place to snorkel and check out all the marine life including sea turtles and dolphins.
  6. Duval Street with its own special flavor is an absolute blast! So many fun things every day of the year from the holidays to Fantasy Fest. Fantastic restaurants and fun bars. Plan to spend the evening checking it all out.

Below is a Google map of the Florida Keys, but I like this map from Ramona20 that shows as many of the Florida Keys as possible. You can see how extensive this island chain really is.

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