Welcome to the Florida Keys!
The Florida Keys are comprised of over 1,700 islands, 32 of which are inhabited.
US-1, or the Overseas Highway connects the string of islands to the continental United States. This highway is approximately 110 miles long with 42 bridges along the way from mainland Florida to Key West. The total population of the Florida Keys is about 85,000, with concentrations in on several islands that then become grouped into areas or incorporated cities : Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon, Key Colony Beach, Big Pine Key, Summerland Key, Big Coppitt Key and Key West.
The Florida Keys in Monroe County include; Key Largo , Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lignumvitae Key, and Lower Matecumbe Key. (Plantation Key through Lower Matecumbe Key are incorporated as Islamadora, Village of Islands. The “towns” of Key Largo, North Key Largo and Tavernier, all on the island of Key Largo, are not incorporated.)
Key Largo, called “the first of the Florida Keys,” because of its northernmost location along the Florida Keys chain, is an hour’s drive from South Florida’s two major airports. Yet it is a world away.
Home to two state parks, a national park, a national marine sanctuary, Key Largo in the Florida Keys boasts some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state. Key largo is considered the Sport Diving Capital of the World. Key Largo is an excellent place for that second vacation home or permanent residence, offering great schools, medical facilites, libraries and community service programs. to accomodate all ages and lifestyles plus professional and business opportunities. Find your piece of real estate in Key Largo in the Florida Keys.
The Village of Islands is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and North America’s only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.
Islamorada in the Florida Keys is comprised of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. Located just 75 miles from Miami Airport and 80 miles from Key West, Islamorada is the perfect spot for your home in the Florida Keys. Find your piece of real estate in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
Marathon in the Florida Keys is a community located in the “heart of the Florida Keys” just 50 miles from Key West and two hours driving from time from Miami. This quaint tropical city is conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain. The Marathon Florida area is noted for it’s beaches. Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach are home to Marathon in the Florida Keys featuring some of the best snorkeling anywhere. Located mainly on Vaca, Fat Deer, and Grassy Key, Marathon in the Florida Keys is a 10- mile-long family-oriented island community rooted in a heritage of fishing, and reflects the old-Keys lifestyle that residents, snowbirds and visitors enjoy so much. Marathon is a water-oriented community with fishing, diving, sailing, and watersports as some of the reasons why people live here to work and play. Marathon has the essential facilities to serve the needs of its Florida Keys residents and tourists alike. The Florida Keys has been called a national treasure and Marathon is one of it’s jewels. Find your piece of real estate in Marathon in the Florida Keys.
In the Duck Keys, part of Florida Keys, you will be enchanted by this natural island which is composite of five islands: Yacht Club Island, Center Island, Harbour Island, Plantation Island, and Indies Island. The physical surroundings ensure privacy and security, and only one road connects Duck Key to the Overseas Highway.
Key Colony Beach is located in the heart of Marathon and is just an hour drive to the town of Key West. Key Colony in the Florida Keys attracts vacationers because of its direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and to the Atlantic Ocean. You can find the best fishing and diving areas, snorkeling and scuba diving on the unique coral reefs in Sombrero Reef, and the #1 rated beach in North America, Bahia Honda State Park, is located nearby.
Big Pine Key
The Lower Keys begin where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset, shortly after the famous Seven Mile Bridge. It is a quiet region of small resorts, down-home restaurants, single-family homes, untrammeled wildernesses and rich history.
Big Pine Key, at mile marker 33, is the largest of the Lower Keys and lies withing the Key Deer and White Heron National Wildlife Refuges. Big Pine Key is just 30 miles north of Key West. Don’t forget about the other islands of the Lower Keys. They are famous for their homey resorts, family-oriented neighborhoods and easy access to the water. Ramrod Key is a very quiet residential key located at mile marker 27. Look for intriguing names such as Summerland Key, Big Torch and Little Torch Keys, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key or Big Coppitt Key. All are an easy drive to Key West. In fact, the uninhabited Saddlebunch Keys are a network of sandy lagoons and mangrove islands that make the jaunt a memorable one, especially at sunset. Find your piece of real estate in Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys.
Surrounded by waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key West is a tiny two by five mile island. Key West is 120 miles west of the mainland. Often described as racy, raucous, bawdy, and brilliant, Key West is a unique place to live. The city derives its special vibrancy from a beneficent climate that’s never seen a frost and a rich history with restored architectural gems that serve as guest houses and museums. Approximately 28,000 call Key West home and another 6,500 spend their winter here. Many thousands visit Key West annually. Find your piece of real estate in Key West in the Florida Keys.