Florida Keys

Florida Keys Travel Guide

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Brooke Slezak

Located in the tropical southeastern United States, the Florida Keys are a top destination for visitors of all ages. When planning to visit the Florida Keys, there is no shortage of adventure, culture or relaxation. The Keys are full of attractions, literary culture and beautiful ocean-side scenery. Travel + Leisure’s Florida Keys travel guide highlights the rich potential for a trip to this gorgeous coastal region.

There are a wide variety of activities to do when you visit the Florida Keys, each as diverse and fascinating as the Keys themselves.

Things Not to Miss in the Florida Keys

• Diving and snorkeling
 • Eco-tours
 • Exotic fishing
 • Dolphin encounters
 • Everglades National Park
 • Spiegel Grove
 • Spas and wellness centers
 • Key West aquarium
 • Jetpack adventures
 • Visiting Earnest Hemmingway’s home

When to Go to the Florida Keys

The tropical climate of the Florida Keys makes it possible for year-round Florida Keys travel. On New Year’s Day, there are guided hike programs in the Florida Keys’ state parks. Between January and April there are also wine and art shows throughout the Keys. Other events include the Annual Ocean Day Celebration in April and the annual Key Largo Bridge Run in the fall.


  • Catching a cabaret performance (think: men in drag impersonating celebrities) at La Te Da.

  • Taking a memorable 30-minute tour of Ernest Hemingway’s tropical home led by a group of stand-up comics-turned-literature lovers.

  • Stopping by the Blond Giraffe for authentic key lime pie. (Order it topped with meringue!)


  • For more >restaurants in the Florida Keys, visit NileGuide

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