Can’t-Miss Attractions in and around Key Largo!

Can’t-Miss Attractions in and around Key Largo!

Photo courtesy of Reinhard Link, Flickr Creative Commons

We know that as much as you’re going to love sipping mojitos at our beachfront bar and catching some rays by our infinity pool, you’re also going to want to get out and explore. From diving and snorkeling to a one-of-a-kind arts village and locally crafted beer, the Upper Keys offer plenty of options, so here are some ideas for when you hop in the car and check out the local scene.

Just down the road…

Play explorer for the day at the first undersea park in the U.S. – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. A 70 sq. mile nautical playground, the park’s off-the-beaten paths and tropical hammocks allow eco-tourists to explore on land, while water-lovers, snorkelers and divers can take in the coral reefs and marine life. Check out what lurks below from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat tour or become one with nature during a scuba diving or snorkeling excursion. Cap off the day by paddle boarding through the mangrove swamps or picnicking at the beach.

Head South…

Just a hop, skip and jump away from Playa Largo is Islamorada, where you can check out an unusual village with a laid-back tropical vibe. Marked with a hard-to-miss giant red lobster out front, The Rain Barrel Artisan Village offers a tropical garden retreat and unique contemporary art galleries. From jewelry and clay creations to sculpture galleries and live art demonstrations, the hidden village makes for a fun shopping adventure. Another funky art community nearby, Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, has Third Thursday Artwalks, art classes and special events throughout the year. Top off the day with a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants.

Photo courtesy of the Rain Barrel Artisan Village Facebook page

Photo courtesy of the Rain Barrel Artisan Village Facebook page

Make sure to beat the heat with an authentic craft beer from the Islamorada Beer Company. Embrace the company’s “Island State of Mind” lifestyle and taste the passion that goes into the seven craft beers available at the brewery. With names like No Wake Zone and Sun Bum Honey IPA, it’s no wonder the place is a hit with locals and visitors alike. The brewery offers tasting rooms and its legendary “Sandbar.” On Sandbar Sundays, everyone’s invited to join the Islamorada Beer Group for a day of wading in the water, cold beer in hand of course.

Photo courtesy of Islamorada Beer Company's Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Islamorada Beer Company’s Facebook page

Head North…

Nature lovers will want to make the short trip north to the Everglades, a 1.5 million acre wetlands preserve. Take a walk down one of the boardwalk pathways, a tram ride through Shark Valley or a boat tour of the Florida Bay to genuinely experience this natural treasure firsthand. Don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars for the chance to get a glimpse of deer, blue herons or some of the park’s most famous locals – alligators.

Photo courtesy of Kao Akana; Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Kao Akana; Flickr Creative Commons

*Feature image courtesy of Reinhard Link, Flickr Creative Commons

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