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Key Largo
Travel Guide

Famous for being “The Diving Capital of the World,” Key Largo is home to continental America’s only living coral reef and is known for its eco-friendly tourism.

Home to the United States' only living coral reef, Key Largo offers world-class diving and fishing, immaculate beaches and remote ecosystems.

Key Largo, a narrow barrier isle stretching 33 miles (53 kilometers) is the largest and northernmost island in a chain of islands called the Florida Keys. Key Largo is easily accessible from the mainland via two routes: the Card Sound Bridge and U.S. Route 1. The latter of these continues to run down the middle of the island, and is lined by many hotels, restaurants and bars. This route is a four-lane highway, and many sections run parallel to the Florida Keys' Overseas Heritage Trail, for visitors who also want to travel the Keys by bicycle.

Once on the island, ecotourists will appreciate Key Largo’s many opportunities for exploring. To the west, you’ll find the Everglades National Park. Here, you can kayak through secluded brackish waters, where the freshwater of the Everglades mixes with the Florida Bay saltwater. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, manatees, alligators and sea turtles, all of which inhabit these waters.

To the east of the island is the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Dive below the surface to see the colorful underwater world of fragile living reefs. The park has many amenities, including kayak and boat rentals, nature trails and numerous campsites with electricity and water.

One of the iconic and most photographed offshore attributes in waters adjacent to the park is a 4,00 pound bronze statue of Jesus, known as the Christ of the Abyss, which sits on the ocean floor at a depth of 25 feet (7.6 meters) at a site called the Key Largo Dry Rocks.

Another popular location for scuba divers and snorkelers is the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) offshore. Be sure to read the regulations before exploring the sanctuary and follow the rules to help protect and conserve this fragile habitat.

Back on land, the opportunities for wildlife watching continue. Visit the boardwalk of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center to see rescued wild birds, including hawks, egrets and spoonbills.

Where to stay in Key Largo

Top hotels in Key Largo

Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
97000 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
The price is £531 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Key Largo resort is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Bluefin Rock Harbor Marina and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Dolphins Plus. John Pennekamp Coral Reef ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (511 reviews)

"Very impressed with this hotel. It was remodeled recently and it felt as if you were in brand new hotel. Staff was great and were very responsive. Would definitely revisit this property"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton
Bayside Inn Key Largo
Bayside Inn Key Largo
3 out of 5
99490 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
The price is £205 per night from 10 Mar to 11 Mar

Located in Key Largo, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Dolphins Plus Bayside. Laura ...

4.2/5Excellent! (401 reviews)

"No balcony no bathroom counter to put your stuff on"…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

Bayside Inn Key Largo
Gilbert's Resort
Gilbert's Resort
2 out of 5
107900 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL
The price is £209 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Nestled on the beach, this Key Largo motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Key Largo Baptist Church and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Upper Sound Point and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (960 reviews)

"Great location absolutely beautiful views right on the water! Close to everything you want to do in Key Largo, but also offers plenty to do on site with a beach, boat docks, tiki bars, as well as kayak and jet ski rentals! This was the perfect spot to spend our last two nights in the keys, I would ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Gilbert's Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Key Largo

Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club
Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club
3 out of 5
107800 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL
The price is £158 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated on the waterfront, this condominium resort is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of MarineLab Undersea ...

4/5Very Good! (139 reviews)

"Good on site moorage for 40 ft boats. Right across the chanel from Gilbert's. The hotel is a time share so there isn't really a front check in but the lady in charge was very accommodating. The kitchen was nicely stocked with cutlery etc. But, the hide a bed was a nightmare. The most uncomfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2021

Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club
3 LEVEL WATERFRONT VILLA! MODERN COASTAL STYLE!MARINA,BEACH, LAGOON, POOLS&BIKES
3 LEVEL WATERFRONT VILLA! MODERN COASTAL STYLE!MARINA,BEACH, LAGOON, POOLS&BIKES
1500 Ocean Bay Dr, N-2, Key Largo, FL

Situated in Key Largo, this historic holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Dolphins Plus and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Bluefin ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (42 reviews)
Immaculate 3 story townhouse

"This beautiful 3 story townhouse was perfect for my husband and our two small Shih Tzu’s! There was also plenty of room for two more couples with the extra living room space on the bottom floor and two bedrooms we didn’t use.. We loved the two screened lanai’s overlooking the lagoon., very peaceful ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

3 LEVEL WATERFRONT VILLA! MODERN COASTAL STYLE!MARINA,BEACH, LAGOON, POOLS&BIKES
Mariner's Club Key Largo by KeysCaribbean
Mariner's Club Key Largo by KeysCaribbean
3.5 out of 5
97501 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL

Situated by the sea, this condominium resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bluefin Rock Harbor Marina and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Dolphins Plus. John Pennekamp Coral ...

3.9/5Good! (376 reviews)
Felt very tropical!

"The condo was clean and orderly!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Mariner's Club Key Largo by KeysCaribbean
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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