We start with the sunrise over the Atlantic ocean in Key West. Now if you missed the sunrise due to late-night partying on Duval street, don’t worry, you can still see the sunset. For many years, Key West was the largest city in Florida. In the late 1800’s it declined and became harder to access. Henry Flagler changed that in the early 1910’s where he built the overseas railway, making Key West no longer accessible solely by water.
The overseas highway to Key West, as you drive over the bridge from the mainland, you take your first glimpse of the keys. There’s a bohemian lifestyle of adventure waiting for you on the other side. The bridge becomes the overseas highway at mile marker 106. The oversees highway has mile markers that tell you exactly how far you are from Key West.
Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo is a nice stop if you are looking to see the views closer up and not from the winter of your car. It is located on mile marker 106. In the 8 acres, there’s a dog-friendly park here with a large boat dock and swimming area. There was a movie title called Key Largo that was filmed at the Caribbean Club right on Key Largo. The song Key Largo reached number 8 on the charts in 1982. As great as the scenery is above the land, it is even greater under the sea. John Pennicamp’s coral reef park where you can snorkel or scuba dive on a massive reef, take a glass-bottom boat tour or kayak throve mangroves, brings you the first-ever underwater park within the United States.
At Mile 99.7, you can check out Key Largo fishing charters.
Next, Islamorada hosts several fishing tournaments a year and is the fishing capital of the islands. On mile marker 85 is Coconut Cove Resort & Marina, situated on a 7-acre tropical island overlooking the ocean is pet-friendly and will bring you a great time. Theater of the Sea where you can swim with dolphins or sea lions take a bottomless boat ride, you’ll see stingrays alligators, birds, and much more animal life.
There are two great restaurants at mile marker 83, Wahoos Bar and Grill which is pet friendly, and Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet and classic favorites and are always busy, regardless of if it is high or low season for this beautiful area of the keys.