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Key Largo is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting some of the top snorkeling and diving in the country, amazing wildlife encounters, watersports galore, and scenic beauty as far as the eye can see!

Key Largo, Florida, Visitors Guide

Key Largo is the largest and northernmost of the Florida Keys, generally referred to as the 'first in the island chain.’ It is known for its natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, and beautiful climate –with close to 3,000 hours of sunshine and no records of frost. A self-proclaimed "dive capital of the world,” visitors can find many diving opportunities along the artificial reef which is the largest in the world. Key Largo is the first island of the Florida Keys, and also the largest at just over 30 miles long. Even though Key Largo is only 60 miles south of Miami, with the Everglades National Park to the west, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to the East, you’ll feel as if you’re a world away! Key Largo is truly encompassed with natural beauty and wonder. Not only that, its booming art scene, savory seafood dining, nightlife, and amazing annual events, like the Key Largo and Islamorada Food & Wine Festival, means this tiny tropical island is jam-packed with incredible experiences for everyone to enjoy.

While there are a ton of unforgettable things to do in Key Largo, you’d be missing out if you didn’t explore what lies just beneath the surface of this island’s gorgeous, crystal-clear, blue-green water. Key Largo has been dubbed the, “Dive Capital of the World,” with astounding artificial reefs, coral reefs, and shipwrecks to explore in this underwater wonderland. The USS Spiegel Grove, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Dagney Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are some of astonishing undersea utopias that are a must-see when in the Florida Keys. Other popular Key Largo water activities, besides snorkeling and diving, include fishing, eco-tours, paddleboarding, wildlife encounters, island hopping, and more!

Geography

Key Largo is situated between Everglades National Park to the northwest and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to the east. It is a less than 2.5-hour drive from Key West, FL and less than 1.5 hours from Miami, FL.

Neighborhoods

Garden Cove/Anglers Park is a suburban, coastal neighborhood that offers luxury resorts, dining, and entertainment.
Buccaneer Point is a waterfront community of homes with the majority being open water properties with sunset and bay views.

Top Places to Visit

John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park

This park is known for being the first undersea park in the USA, and expands 70 nautical square miles. Popular activities include canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing in designated areas where it is permitted.

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

The Botanical State Park has miles of shady trails through lush Florida landscape and the highest concentration of National Champion trees in the USA.

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a 106-mile paved rail-trail with a multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facility. The trail connects Key Largo to Key West, allowing travel through the Keys separate from U.S. Highway 1. Some areas are still in development but bikers who visit boast of spectacular views of water and sky.

Climate

The best time to visit Key Largo is between December and May when the temperature is in the 70s and 80s. During this time, you will find dry weather and temperatures that aren't too hot to enjoy outdoor activities. June through November brings hot summer temperatures reaching the 90s and hurricane season, but also fewer crowds and lower hotel rates.

What is Key Largo Known for

Diving, Fishing, Coral Reefs & Wrecks (USS Spiegel Grove & More), Christ of the Abyss Underwater Statue, Everglades National Park, Seafood Dining, Dolphin & Marine Life Encounters, Eclectic Art Scene

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