Located at the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula, The Florida Keys are a stretch of islands that curve around from Miami south and to the west with Key west being the southernmost point in the continental U.S. The Florida Keys extend west to the Dry Tortugas, a small archipelago of coral islands about 70 miles from Key West and only accessible by boat or small plane. 

The Overseas Highway, the southernmost section of U.S. 1, connects the Florida Keys and extends 113 miles from Key Largo to Key West with a series of bridges, most famously, the Seven Mile Bridge. Most destinations in the Florida Keys are located by their mile marker along this highway. 

The small islands of the Florida Keys are made up of ancient coral reef. Offshore is one of the largest barrier reef systems in the world, the Florida Reef, which makes the keys a haven for snorkelers and scuba divers. While the Florida Keys are not know for their beaches like many other areas along the coast in Florida, water activities including fishing, boating, scuba diving and anything on the water, is common in the Keys. 

The Tropical climate keeps the temperature warm year round with very little temperature variation. The Keys have basically two seasons, like much of south Florida; from June - October, it is rainy and hot, from November - May, it is drier and just slightly cooler. Much of the Florida Keys are protected with Biscayne National Park, The National Key Deer Refuge, Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Dry Tortugas National Park as well as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

 

The Florida Keys Islands

Lower Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Dry Tortugas  
Marquesas Keys  
Sunset Key  
Wisteria Island  
Key West MM 0-4
Fleming Key  
Sigsbee Park MM 2¾ (north)
Stock Island MM 5
Raccoon Key MM 5¼ (north)
Boca Chica Key MM 7-8
Rockland Key MM 9
East Rockland Key MM 9½
Big Coppitt Key MM 10
Geiger Key MM 10¾ (south)
Shark Key MM 11¼ (north)
Saddlebunch Keys MM 12-16
Lower Sugarloaf Key MM 17
Park Key MM 18
Sugarloaf Key MM 19-20
Cudjoe Key MM 21-23
Knockemdown Key  
Summerland Key MM 24-25
Ramrod Key MM 27
Middle Torch Key/ Big Torch Key MM 27¾ (north)
Little Torch Key MM 28½
Big Pine Key MM 30-32
No Name Key  
Scout Key (West Summerland Key) MM 34-35
Bahia Honda Key MM 37-38
Ohio Key (Sunshine Key) MM 38¾
Missouri Key MM 39¼
Little Duck Key MM 39¾

The 7 Mile Bridge separates the Lower Keys from the Middle Keys - MM 40-46¾

Middle Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Pigeon Key MM 46¾ (north)
Knights Key MM 47
Vaca Key MM 48-53
Boot Key MM 48 (south)
Fat Deer Key MM 53¼-55
Shelter Key MM 53¾ (south)
Long Point Key MM 56
Crawl Key MM 56½
Grassy Key MM 58-60
Duck Key MM 61
Conch Key MM 62-63

The Long Key Bridge separates the Middle Keys from the Upper Keys - MM 63¼-65¼.
The Upper Keys of Lower Matecumbe through Plantation Keys are part of the village of Islamorada. 

Upper Florida Keys Islands Mile Marker
Long Key (Rattlesnake Key) MM 66-70
Fiesta Key MM 70 (north)
Craig Key MM 72
Lower Matecumbe Key MM 74-77
Lignumvitae Key  
Indian Key  
Indian Key Fill MM 79
Tea Table MM 79½
Upper Matecumbe Key MM 80-83
Windley Key MM 85
Plantation Key MM 86-90
Key Largo MM 91-107
Cross Key MM 109-112

Key Biscayne and Biscayne National Park are located in Miami-Dade County and have a few small true Florida Keys, which are ancient coral reefs that have lifted above the current sea level. These include Old Rhodes Key, Totten Key, Reid Key, Rubicon Keys, Adams Key, Elliott Key, Sands Key, Boca Chita Key, Ragged Keys, and Soldier Key. 

May 20, 2017

Location: Sombrero Beach, Marathon, Florida

One of a kind dragon boat festival features the traditional ancient Chinese dragon boat racing with a modern flair. Form your own team or come out to the beach to watch and enjoy food and entertainment on the shores of Sombrero Beach. 

May 18-21, 2017

Location: Key Largo

Featuring multiple stages and entertainment areas with songwriters from Nashville and around the U.S. including genres of pop, rock, blues, jazz and country. 

The Key West Aquarium is located in Key West's famous Mallory Square and is a fun attraction for people of all ages. Featuring a touch tank, shark feedings, stingray bay, alligators, jellyfish and more. The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network working to helping protect the endangered sea turtles and nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. 

May 10-14, 2017

Location: Key West

Celebrating its 22nd year, the Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest of its kind in the world with over 200 performers, 50 shows and 5 nights of live music bringing the faces and stories behind the songs to the surface.