Florida Keys Itineraries

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Florida Keys Itineraries

3 Days

Spend your first morning diving or snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. If you aren't certified, sign up for a resort course and you'll be exploring the reefs by the afternoon. Dinner at a bay-side restaurant will give you your first look at a fabulous Keys sunset. On Day 2 get an early start to savor the breathtaking views on the two-hour drive to Key West. Along the way make a stop at the natural-history museum that's part of Crane Point Museum, Nature Center and Historic Site in Marathon. Another worthwhile detour is Bahia Honda Key State Park on Bahia Honda Key, where you can stretch your legs on a forest trail or snorkel on an offshore reef. Once you arrive in Key West, watch the sunset at one of the restaurants around Mallory Square. The next day, take a trolley tour of Old Town, stroll Duval Street, visit a museum or two, and spend some beach time at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.

4 Days

Spend the first day as you would above, staying overnight in Key Largo. Start Day 2 by renting a kayak and exploring the mangroves of Florida Bay, or taking an ecotour of the sandy islands in Everglades National Park. In the afternoon, head down to Islamorada and visit Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Before day's end, make plans for the next day's fishing. Spend the night in Islamorada. After a morning spent with a rod and reel, stop at one of the many restaurants that happily prepare your catch for you. In the afternoon, set off for Key West. See the sights described in the three-day itinerary. Enjoy the sunset celebration at Mallory Square.

7 Days

Spend your first day and night in Key Largo enjoying diving and snorkeling, then head to Islamorada for Days 2 and 3. Divide your time between taking a boat (or paddling a kayak) to Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, visiting Theater of the Sea, and relaxing at Founder's Park. Also, don't miss feeding the tarpon at Robbie's of Islamorada. On Day 4, make the one-hour drive to Marathon. Visit Crane Point Museum, Nature Center and Historic Site and walk out on the Old Seven Mile Bridge or take the ferry to Pigeon Key. Sombrero Beach is another possibility. The next stop, on Day 5, is just 10 miles away at Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key. Take a walk on a wilderness trail, go snorkeling around the offshore reef, or wriggle your toes in the beach's soft sand. Spend the night in a waterfront cabin, letting the waves lull you to sleep. Your sixth day starts with either half a day of fabulous snorkeling or diving at Looe Key Reef or a visit to the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. Then continue on to Key West and get in a little sightseeing before watching the sunset.

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