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Florida Keys From The Air - photo by Roy Rendahl
Florida Keys From The Air - photo by Roy Rendahl.

The Florida Keys are a 120-mile long chain of 800 Islands off the southern tip of Florida, just south of Miami.  U.S. 1, also called the Overseas Highway, connects the Keys to the mainland.  Directions to many places in the Keys are given by using its mile marker (MM) location.  See a mile marker chart at KeysHistory.org.  Spring and fall are the busy times, summer and winter are the quieter times; and the fall is hurricane season, but the chance of any size hurricane hitting the Florida Keys is only about once every 5 years.  So most of the time it's beautiful there.  All of the Florida Keys are part of Monroe County.

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Key West

Southernmost House B&B in Key West - photo by Roy Rendahl
Southernmost House B&B in Key West - photo by Roy Rendahl.
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Key West is a beautiful tropical paradise of blue-green ocean, bright blue sky, and red-orange sunsets.  It is full of history and culture; with numerous art galleries, live music venues, a variety of great restaurants, and wonderful lodging facilities.  The first Europeans visited Key West in the early 1500s.  In the mid to late 1800s, Key West was the largest and richest city in Florida, and also the wealthiest town per capita in the U.S.A.  The Key West Historic District includes the major tourist destinations of the island, including Mallory Square, Duval Street, the Truman Annex, and Fort Zachary Taylor.  Walking, bicycles, pedicabs, scooters, and little electric cars are the best way to get around the narrow streets in the Historic District.  Life slows down a little in Key West, that's called "Island Time."  Although a vacation here always goes way too fast, you don't want to leave!


"Key West Cinnamon Sunshine" music video by Roy Rendahl.
Featuring photos that Roy Rendahl took in Key West, and island-sounding music by his pop rock band, Poppermost.

Key West can also be called Key Weird.  It has attracted colorful writers, artists, musicians, and other free spirits for many years.  This is especially shown off in the yearly 2 week street party called Fantasy Fest, and in other celebrations and parades throughout the year.

Key West is a deepwater seaport destination for large cruise ships, and also has an international airport providing scheduled jet airline service.  Access to the Keys is also provided by the Overseas Highway (U.S. Hwy 1).  Key West has about 25,000 permanent residents and welcomes about a million tourists a year.  Stock Island, Boca Chica Key, Fleming Key, Cow Key, and Sunset Key are also considered part of Key West.  Key West claims to have never had a frost (the lowest temp ever in the Keys was 41˚); with average winter temps between about 65˚F to 75˚F, and average summer temps between about 80˚F to 90˚F.  No wonder the Florida Keys are called the “American Caribbean.”

Please see my music video on YouTube with photos that I took in Key West.

Also see my writing about Key West in the "Insider's Guide to the Keys with Roy Rendahl" on Cheapflights.com.


Welcome to the Conch Republic - Key West International Airport - photo by Roy Rendahl
Welcome to the Conch Republic - Key West International Airport - photo by Roy Rendahl.

The Conch Republic was formed on April 23, 1982 when the U.S. Border Patrol blockaded the highway from the Keys with a checkpoint looking for drugs and illegal aliens.  Key West seceded from the Union, declared War, and then immediately surrendered, demanding Foreign Aid; and creating the slogan "We Seceded Where Others Failed."  As a publicity stunt, it worked... the blockade was removed, and it gave a big boost to Keys tourism.  The Conch Republic (pronounced "Conk" in the islands and sometimes "Conch" up north) consists of all the Florida Keys up to "Skeeter's Last Chance Saloon," in front of which the blockade was originally set up.

70 miles west of Key West are the Dry Tortugas, 7 islands composed of coral reefs and sand: Loggerhead Key, Garden Key, Bush Key, Long Key, Hospital Key, Middle Key, and East Key.  All of the islands are part of the Dry Tortugas National Park.  Historic Fort Jefferson is located on Garden Key and is a popular tourist spot accessible by ferry, catamaran, or seaplane from Key West.


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 Lower Keys

Big Pine Key
and hundreds of islands including Sunshine Key, Summerland Key, Big and Little Torch Keys, Cudjoe Key, Little Duck Key, No Name Key, Looe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and Big Coppitt Key are all considered part of the Lower Keys.  This is the miniature Key Deer country and is a quiet alternative to bustling Key West.


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Middle Keys

Marathon Key
is called "The heart of the Keys" because of its central Keys location, and includes Long Key, the Conch Keys, Duck Key, Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key, Grassy Key, Boot Key, Crawl Key, and Pigeon Key.  Marathon Key has a population of about 10,000.  Nature lovers love Marathon for its sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling, and scuba diving activities.


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Upper Keys

Key Largo
is
just south of Miami and was made famous by Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Bertie Higgins; and is known as "The Diving Capital of the World" with North America's only coral barrier reef there.  The Islamorada Village of Islands has about a 7,000 population and includes Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper and Lower Matecumbe Keys, and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key.  Islamorada means purple isle and the area is known as "The Sport Fishing Capital of the World."


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Florida Keys & Other Travel Websites
(The numbers at the end of each listing are the
month/year that the listing was added or updated.)


Clyde's Key West Locals Guide - Key West Florida information on hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling trips, charter fishing, camping, wedding ceremonies, real estate, attractions, restaurants and bars, and other things to do in the Key West area of the Florida Keys.  Helpful directories of shops and art galleries in Key West.  Please check our events calendar for festivals and fishing tournaments.  6/10

CNN News & Videos about the Florida Keys - General Keys news.  6/10
The Conch Republic - Key West - Welcome to The Conch Republic.  We seceded where others failed.  Shop online for passports and official Conch Republic gear.  6/10

ConchTV - The Florida Keys & Key West - Key West information to plan your Florida Keys vacation.  Travel to Key West, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, or anywhere in the Florida Keys at Conch TV.  6/10
The Florida Keys & Key West - "come as you are" - Plan your Florida Keys and Key West vacation from start to finish with the official Florida Keys Tourism Council.  Discover all that a Florida Keys vacation has to offer when you visit and experience Key West, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Big Pine Key.  6/10
Florida Keys Best - Florida Keys activities for children, Hawks Cay Inn and Duck Key accommodations, resorts and villas, real estate, and Key West sunsets.  6/10

The Florida Keys - Key Largo to Key WestPlan your Florida Keys vacation here.  Explore Florida Keys travel, hotels, attractions, and activities before your visit here to the American Caribbean.  6/10
Florida Keys On-Line Guide - Visit the Florida Keys!  Information on accommodations, hotels and reservations, activities, restaurants, fishing, diving, and more for your fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  Prepare for a real adventure in the Florida Keys or enjoy one vicariously.  6/10

Florida Keys Web Cams - Key West web cams featuring live web cams of the beach, streaming cams of Florida Keys resorts, marinas, and bars.  Some webcam features are Sloppy Joe's Bar, the Hog's Breath Saloon, Key West sunset cam, and resorts in Islamorada and Key Largo.  6/10

Key West Finest Videos - The official tourism site for Key West Videos offering information on Key West hotels, Key West motels, Key West guesthouses, Key West charter fishing, Key West SCUBA diving, Key West snorkeling trips, and wedding ceremonies in Key West FL.  11/11
Key West Paradise & The Florida Keys - Plan your Key West vacation or trip to the Florida Keys with keywest.com.  We are your source for Key West hotels, Key West resorts, and information about Key West attractions including fishing, diving, snorkeling, and sightseeing.  Explore all that Key West has to offer.  6/10

Milemarkers: Linking Keys' History - Combines historical images with interpretive information about the Florida Keys.  It is a collaborative digital library project of Monroe County Public Library, Florida International University, and the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.  8/10

Mile Zero Key West - Events, Shopping, Travel, & Humor - We update 24/7, so our interactive calendar brings you the where, when, and how much.  We have photo galleries and video links.  We have live, real links for everything we list.  2/12
Official Government Website for the City of Key West - Welcome to the home page for the City of Key West, Florida -- the southernmost city in the continental United States.  6/10
Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen - Key West writer and wildlife enthusiast.  1/11

Visit Key West Online - Key West & The Florida Keys - Key West Florida Online guide offers hotel, dining, restaurant, travel, recreation, business, and real estate information for Key West and the Florida Keys.  6/10

We've Got The Keys - Key West events planner Nadene Grossman offers incentive, corporate, group, and wedding travel and event arrangements for Key West, Florida.  3/12

Keys Blogs
Florida Keys Blogs -  A listing of Blogs written in or primarily about the Florida Keys.  Users post informal journals of their thoughts, comments, and philosophies, periodicly updated and normally reflecting the views of the blog’s creator.  Many blogs allow readers to leave comments about the posts.  11/10

100 Bars in 100 Days - A Key West Bar Boondoggle.  11/12
Born and Raised in the South..., Key West - History, information, and photos of Key West.  4/11
The Florida Keys Blog - A short read about The Florida Keys happenings.  11/10
Florida Keys Girl - Life in Key West and beyond.  I am a blogger, foodie, wine lover, and traveler.  Stick around and share my love of all things Key West-y.  12/12
Key West Diary
- Daily life in The Florida Keys. 
A pictorial tour and commentary by motorcycle on life and dog walking in the Lower Keys and Key West.  Photo essays since 2007.  12/10 12/12
Key West Lou - I am a retired New York State attorney who now lives full time in Key West.  Started this blog in 2007, I think.  It is nothing more than a recitation of my previous day's events.  Sometimes exciting, sometimes mundane.  People seem to enjoy the blog.  My readers are world wide.  1/13
Key West Ramblings - Local events and information brought to you by The Grand Guesthouse, a Key West bed and breakfast.  12/12
Key West The Blog - Paradise or paradox, it depends on how we look at it.  11/10

Prissy in Paradise - Key West... as seen by Miss D.  Features local Key West restaurant reviews and links to exciting and fun stuff in Key West.  12/12
The Real Key West Blog - There are two Key Wests.  They occupy the same island but are worlds apart.  The sham Key West is a show for tourists; the Real Key West belongs to those of us who live here.  Come with us now... to The Real Key West.  11/10

Shoestring Weekends Blog - Key West, the Keys, and other travels.  10/12

The Southernmost Blog - A Key West Blog about the beautiful island of Key West... from 4,565 miles away.  6/10
This Week on the Island - Written by Doug Bennett, is an update to friends about happenings in Key West last week.  Everything is true except for those parts that are lies.  12/10

General Travel Links
Cheapflights - Find cheap flights and save money on airline tickets to your favorite travel spots in Florida.  Cheapflights.com offers cheap airfare to every destination in the world.  5/12
Siesta Key Hotels on the Beach - Welcome to Siesta Key Hotels on the Beach, where great accommodations meet some of the world's greatest beaches.  Siesta Key, on the Florida Gulf Coast, near Sarasota, is home to miles and miles of sandy beach areas, perfect for visitors looking to enjoy waterfront views and year-round perfect weather.  9/11
TouristClick - A Comprehensive worldwide travel directory.  Find a travel service, hotel booking directly with a hotel owner web site, or car rental with local service around the world.  6/10

TouristPick - Travel directory includes travel preparation, destination guide, specialty travel, transportation, lodging, image galleries, travel tips, travel pulications, travel insurance, travelougues, and more.  6/10
Travel & Tourism Directory - Travel directory and tourism resource.  Discover sites covering the range of travel and tourism, including destination guides, travel blogs, travel agencies, and tour operators.  6/10
Travel Web Directory - Free travel site providing destination guides, car rental, discount hotel booking, cheap airfares, travel photos, travel articles, and travel blog.  6/10
Travel Destinations - Travel directory and travel destination resources.  Find wonderful vacation spots in the Caribbean, search for cheap flights to Europe or book a hotel room in the U.S.  6/10
Discount Airfare & Vacation Deals by TravelFleaMarket - Deals on vacation packages, cruises, discount airfare, hotels, resort bargains, vacation properties, and car rentals.  6/10
Travel Directory - Comprehensive directory for travel related websites.  Destination guides, travel news, and travelogues.  6/10


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