Key Largo shoreline. Photo Yinan-Chen
The Florida Keys Shipwreck Heritage Trail is a line of nine wreck sites (20-130 ft deep) that stretches from Key Largo to Key West.
The Keys are excellent for fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving and are home to the North America’s best living coral reefs, where colourful fish large and small are a great attraction, as are the wreck dives onto accidental as well as deliberately sunk shipping.
Higgs Beach and its fine white sands lies at the end of Raynold’s Street and is a brilliant place for children, with playgrounds, water sports rentals and all the facilities a mother needs for free! Good snorkeling too.
A fun day out for children is to head for Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park with its imposing old fort. It has a calm beach with lots of shade and is known for marvellous sunset views, though the sands contain coral chips so beach shoes are useful. It’s recommended that you take your own food and drink supplies as those on sale are well overpriced.
For pooches, Dog Beach is makes a fine barking point, located at the end of Alberta Street, though it’s hardly large.
Long Key SP beach, Layton FL. Photo Ebyabe
Florida Keys Weather
The official hurricane season begins June 1 and ends on November 30 but storms/rain are most likely mid-August to mid-October so the best time to go to Florida Keys for a full-on beach experience is April-June. In summertime the average high air temperature is 32C (89F), water temperature 30C (85F), in winter air lows reach 18C (65F).
Get to the Keys from the mainland via U. S. 1, the Overseas Highway which is a wild drive and one of the most unusual aspects of the Keys!
Visitors to the Upper Keys can fly into Miami International Airport or Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. From there get a shuttle bus or rental car and arrive in the Upper Keys in about an hour from Miami or 100 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale. Travelling to Key West from the mainland will take about 3. 5 hours.
Tourists can fly to Marathon, the small city at the mid-point of the island chain, aboard small airlines such as Florida Coastal Airlines and SeaCoast Airlines. Shuttle buses and rental cars are available in Marathon.
Visitors can also fly to Key West International Airport from many Florida cities. Shuttle buses and rental cars are available.
Bahia Honda SP looking east. Florida Keys, USA. Photo Viktorwills