By  Mike Miller   Updated March 17, 2022

The Florida Keys are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. 

Traveling there by car takes you down a string of palm fringed tropical islands made of coral that stretch more than 120 miles from the Florida mainland down to Key West. 

They are famous for their fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating.

About 75,000 people live in the Keys full time;  many thousands more visit on their vacations. 

Our travel guide will give you Florida Keys information on a single web page that will help you enjoy your visit.

This page is organized under the following categories from top to bottom.  Click to go directly to your area of interest, or explore by scrolling down the page.

This Interactive Google Map Will Keep You Oriented in the Keys

Restaurants, lodging, tiki bars, attractions, and maps are listed from north to south, by highest Mile Marker down to Mile Marker 0 in Key West. 

From the mainland proceeding south the main keys are Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Lower Keys, and Key West.


Most Florida Keys travel is by car.  It takes half a day to drive nonstop from Miami to Key West.  That's no way to see the Keys.

You need to spend a few days or more to really soak up the magic of the many islands that make up the Keys.

There are only two ways to get into the Keys by car.  The main route is US-1 to Key Largo, but there is also Card Sound Road (County Road 905A) that branches off and ends up in North Key Largo. 

If you take Card Sound Road you will come to a legendary local watering hole, Alabama Jack's, just before you get to the toll bridge to North Key Largo.

Alabama Jack's on Card Sound RoadAlabama Jack's on Card Sound Road

The Florida Department of Transportation has installed signs at almost every Mile Marker in the Florida Keys.  The one in the photo below is typical.  It is located about 84 miles northeast of Key West near Islamorada.

Mile Marker 84 at Whale Harbor BridgeMile Marker 84 at Whale Harbor Bridge

As you are driving south toward the Keys, the first Mile Marker you will come to is 127.5 at the junction of US-1 and the Florida Turnpike. 

About one mile later you have to decide whether to stay on US-1 or head easterly on Card Sound Road. 

Mile Marker 126.5 is at the junction of US-1 and Card Sound Road.

Jewfish Creek Bridge, Mile Marker 107.2Jewfish Creek Bridge, Mile Marker 107.2

The section of US-1 from Mile Marker 126.0 to  Mile Marker 107.2 at Jewfish Creek is known as the "18 Mile Stretch". 

The stretch is two lanes and can get very crowded during holidays or emergency evacuations. 

You need to drive carefully on this stretch;  one accident can shut things down for hours.

The Mile Markers end in Key West with Mile Marker 0 located at 501 Whitehead Street.  Mile Markers are used by locals and tourists to tell how many miles they are from someplace. 

For example, Key West (Mile Marker 0) is 33 miles from Big Pine Key (Mile Marker 33).

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We think Mom and Pop and smaller motels, hotels, and inns are a lot more fun than the big resorts.  Here are some that we like.

KEY LARGO (Mile Marker 108)

Gilbert's Resort
107900 Overseas Highway

Key Largo Cottages
99306 Overseas Highway

ISLAMORADA (Mile Marker 81.2)

Kon-Tiki Resort
81200 Overseas Highway

LAYTON (Mile Marker 68.5)

Lime Tree Bay Resort
Mile Marker 68.5

MARATHON (Mile Marker 58.7)

Gulf View Waterfront Resort
58743 Overseas Highway

Booking.com Marathon Lodging

Barnacle Bed and Breakfast, Big Pine KeyBarnacle Bed and Breakfast, Big Pine Key

BIG PINE KEY (Mile Marker 33)

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge
33000 Overseas Highway

Barnacle Bed and Breakfast
1557 Long Beach Drive

LITTLE TORCH KEY (Mile Marker 28.5)

Parmer's Resort
565 Barry Avenue

SUGARLOAF KEY (Mile Marker 17)

Sugarloaf Lodge
17001 Overseas Highway

KEY WEST (Mile Marker 0)

The Grand Guesthouse
1116 Grinnell Street

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Camping in the Florida Keys is not only fun, it saves you money over many other lodging choices.  There are a limited number of public and private parks, so it's best to make reservations in advance. Here are some of our favorites.

KEY LARGO (Mile Marker  102.5)

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway
Reservations made at ReserveAmerica.com

LONG KEY (Mile Marker 67.4)

Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Highway
Reservations made at ReserveAmerica.com

MARATHON (Mile Marker 56.0)

Curry Hammock State Park
56200 Overseas Highway
Reservations made at ReserveAmerica.com

Jolly Roger RV Resort
59275 Overseas Highway

BAHIA HONDA KEY (Mile Marker 36.8)

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Highway
Reservations made at ReserveAmerica.com

SUGARLOAF KEY (Mile Marker 20)

Sugarloaf KOA
251 State Road 939

KEY WEST (Mile Marker 0)

Boyd's Key West Campground
6401 Maloney Avenue

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There are hundreds of restaurants from the Upper Keys to Key West.  Your Florida Keys travel will take you by many of them on the Overseas Highway. There are many good ones, so we've picked a few of our favorites.

KEY LARGO (Mile Marker 101.7)

Hobo's Cafe
101691 Overseas Highway

TAVERNIER (Mile Marker 90.8)

What the Fish Rolls and More
90775 Old Highway, Unit 6

ISLAMORADA (Mile Marker 87.7)

Twisted Shrimp
Mile Marker 87.7

LONG KEY (Mile Marker 70)

Lobster Crawl Bar and Grill
70001 Overseas Highway, Marathon

LAYTON (Mile Marker 68.4)

The Florida Boy Bar & Grill
68450 Overseas Highway

MARATHON (Mile Marker 49.5)

Barracuda Grill
4290 Overseas Highway

BIG PINE KEY (Mile Marker 33)

Milagro Restaurant and Bar
31044 Avenue A

Kiki's Sandbar Bar & Grille, Little Torch KeyKiki's Sandbar Bar & Grille, Little Torch Key

LITTLE TORCH KEY (Mile Marker 28)

Kiki's Sandbar Bar & Grille
183 Barry Avenue

RAMROD KEY (Mile Marker 27)

Boondock's Grille and Draft House
27205 Overseas Highway

SUMMERLAND KEY (Mile Marker 25)

The Galley Grill
24862 Overseas Highway

CUDJOE KEY (Mile Marker 22)

Square Grouper
22658 Overseas Highway

SUGARLOAF KEY (Mile Marker 20)

Mangrove Mama's
19991 Overseas Highway

BIG COPPIT KEY (Mile Marker 3)

Bobalu's Southern Cafe
301 U.S. 1

KEY WEST (Mile Marker 0)

Garbo's Grill
409 Caroline Street

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The Keys have some of the greateast tiki bars anywhere.  Some of the restaurants we've listed above have tiki bars.  Here are a few others we like.

KEY LARGO (Mile Marker 108)

Gilbert's Tiki Bar
107900 Overseas Highway
This is the first tiki bar you will come to in the Keys. It's on Overseas Highway just before you cross the Jewfish Creek Bridge.

Skipper's Dockside
528 Caribbean Drive

ISLAMORADA (Mile Marker 82)

Lorelei Cabana Bar & Restaurant
96 Madeira Road

MARATHON (Mile Marker 54)

Island Fish Company Tiki Bar
12648 Overseas Highway

Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki BarSugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar

SUGARLOAF KEY (Mile Marker 17)

Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar
17001 Overseas Highway

STOCK ISLAND (Mile Marker 4) 

Hogfish Bar & Grill
6810 Front Street

KEY WEST (Mile Marker 0)

Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille
617 Front Street

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There are many things to do in the Florida Keys, including a lot of family friendly attractions.  

KEY LARGO (Mile Marker 102.6)

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway.  This is the first undersea park in the United States.  The park has a wide variety of tropical plants, shore birds, and marine life.  Tour boats are available to show you the features of the living coral reef.

TAVERNIER (Mile Marker 92.6)

Harry Harris Beach and Park
This county park has pavilions, barbecue grills, picnic tables, a basketball court, a playground.  It also has a protected beach with a nice swimming area.  

ISLAMORADA (Mile Marker 84.5)

Theater of the Sea
Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, Florida. Tel: 305-664-2431.  An old attraction where you can swim with dolphins and watch sharks, turtles, and other species swimming around in front of you. 

Theater of the Sea in IslamoradaTheater of the Sea in Islamorada

DUCK KEY (Mile Marker 61)

The Dolphin Connection
Hawk's Cay Resort, 61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 33050. Tel: 1-888-814-9154.  This is one of the most popular places in the Florida Keys to learn about dolphins and swim with them.

Having Fun at The Dolphin ConnectionHaving Fun at The Dolphin Connection

BAHIA HONDA KEY (Mile Marker 36.8)

Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043. Tel 305-872-2353. Great view of the ocean, a nice beach, swimming, boating, fishing, and snorkeling. 

Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge, by Jerzy Strzelecki via Creative CommonsBahia Honda Railroad Bridge, by Jerzy Strzelecki via Creative Commons

KEY WEST (Mile Marker 0)

Key West Aquarium
1 Whitehead Street (Mallory Square), Key West, Florida 33040. Tel: 305-296-2051. This historic museum is a place where you can get up close and personal with animals such as horseshoe crabs and Florida lobster.  You will enjoy a 90 minute guided tour. 

Mallory Square
400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040.  Tel: 305-809-3700.  This is the gathering place for locals and visitors.  There is all kind of entertainment, food vendors, and the best sunset in Florida. Free.

Mallory Square Key West at SunsetMallory Square Key West at Sunset

Hemingway House
907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 305-294-1136.  The great author lived here from 1931 to 1940.  It has many of his furnishings and the first in ground swimming pool in Key West. 

Truman Little White House
111 Front St., Key West, FL 33040.  Tel: 305-294-9911.  Florida's only presidential museum.  The 33rd President of the U.S. stayed here many times and it displays some of his memorabilia.

Hemingway Home in Key WestHemingway Home in Key West

Learn more about Key West by visiting our page on this website.  Click on the southernmost marker to go to that page.

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The Five Regions of the Florida Keys

From north to south, when people refer to the "Upper Keys" they mean Key Largo, Islamorada, and sometimes Marathon.  Then come the "Lower Keys" and finally Key West.

Many of the keys in the Islamorada and Marathon areas are also sometimes called the "Middle Keys."

Map of the 5 Regions of the Florida KeysMap of the 5 Regions of the Florida Keys

The Monroe County Tourist Development Council has links to at least 56 webcams located all over the Florida Keys.  Enhance your travel in the keys by enjoying a real time look at these places.


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