A drive from Miami to the Keys is the most breathtaking drive I have ever taken. On either side, for miles and miles, you see only the blue waters of the Florida Keys. There are about 400 islands, 150 miles long that make up The Florida Keys.
People go to the Florida Keys for the tranquil waters and year-round warmth, but the main attractions here lie in the sea and wild life. The warm waters give life to coral that supports the delicate ecosystem – from anemones to sponges. This underwater habitat is one of the only living tropical reefs on the entire North American continent.
There are three geographical sections of The Keys into three sections. Closest to the Florida mainland are The Upper and Middle Keys are closest to the Florida mainland. Towns like Key Largo, Islamorada, and Marathon are popular with Florida locals who come by boat or car to fish or relax. Just beyond the impressive Seven-Mile Bridge are the Lower Keys, small, unspoiled strip of islands swarming with wildlife. The protected areas of the Lower Keys, is where — with patience, you may spot the rare eagle, egret, or Key deer. You should also keep an eye out for alligators, turtles, rabbits, and a huge variety of birds.
Key West (made famous by Ernest Hemingway) is the last island in the Lower Keys and literally is the end of the road, the southernmost point in the continental United States. This tiny island is the most popular destination in the Florida Keys, overrun with franchises and T-shirt shops. More than 1.6 million visitors pass through it each year. Still, this “Conch Republic” has a tightly knit community of permanent residents who live-and-let-live. A well adapted island attitude that creates an atmosphere that has made Key West famously popular with painters, writers, and free spirits.
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