Key Largo – The Low-Key Key of the Sunshine State
Location: Upper Keys
The Florida Keys are the thin strip of land that runs out from the southern tips of the “Sunshine State”. Key Largo is situated in the upper reaches and is the first resort you arrive in after leaving the mainland.
Culture: Home of Hemmingway
Given one of America’s best known writers, Ernest Hemmingway, chose to make Key Largo his home, it is suffice to say that the beach resort has plenty of culture to offer other than water sports and sunbathing. And the creative community is as vibrant today as ever with the full schedule of live music, museums, concerts and theatre performances. Visitors should take time to engage with the artist community who can often be found on the streets with their paint palettes committed scenes of natural beauty to canvas.
Activities: Explore the beautiful coral reef
Key Largo is a haven for water sports, especially adventurous types who like to explore marine life at the depths of the ocean. You will find a multitude of opportunities to explore the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park where you can snorkel or get close to nature with a scuba diving expedition. Look out for the Christ of the Deep Statue. You will also find other water sports here, such as kayaking, sailing and deep-sea fishing, and you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to swim with dolphins - although if you prefer to look and not touch, you may prefer a ride in the glass-bottom boat. For the best view of the sunset, head to Mallory Square and soak up the atmosphere.