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THE FLORIDA KEYS TRAVEL GUIDE

An aerial view of Key West, Florida, the southernmost city in the U.S.

The Best Florida Keys Restaurants, Hotels, Spas and More

Located in the southeast United States and arcing from a point about 15 miles south of Miami, the Florida Keys is a chain of about 1,700 islands. Keys major and minor in this famed archipelago include Key Largo in the upper keys, Marathon and Long Key in the middle keys, and Key West in the lower keys. Whether you enjoy their tropical-style ethos or the unique recreation and dining that each has to offer, these laid-back islands seem to have been created for leisure. Here they are presented in GAYOT's travel guide for your pleasure, from north to south.


KEY WEST EVENT

Partygoers at Key West's annual Fantasy Fest

JOIN THE FREAK SHOW
Key West's Annual Fantasy Fest
From October 23 to November 1, Key West will host its annual Fantasy Fest, and this year the theme is "All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show." Revelers can enjoy 10 days of lively entertainment, such as masquerade balls (including a pet masquerade), costume contests, burlesque shows and more. The event culminates on Halloween with a big parade through downtown and thousands of spectators joining the fun.

Get all the details at the Fantasy Fest official website


KEY LARGO: The Northernmost Key, Where Diving is Thriving

The dining area of Alabama Jack's in Key Largo, Florida

DINING
Key Largo Restaurants

Alabama Jack's

Gardner's Market

Snappers

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The Grand Suite at the Hilton Key Largo Resort in Florida

SLEEPING IN
Key Largo Hotels

Kona Kai Resort & Gallery

Largo Lodge

Hilton Key Largo Resort

Search through GAYOT's Key Largo hotels selection



A dining/kitchen area at Jules' Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Florida

TOP 10 EXTREME HOTELS
Jules' Undersea Lodge
For those who like the idea of living in a yellow submarine, this is the next best thing. Jules' Undersea Lodge is an authentic underwater research habitat and hotel, inspired by the fantastical world of Jules Verne.

Dive in to find out more


TAVERNIER: At the Tip of Key Largo

Enjoy fresh cuisine at Hungry Tarpon in Islamorada, Florida

DINING OUT
Hungry Tarpon
This campy fish shack offers the friendliest experience in the Keys, and serves tasty, fresh cuisine.

Get more details in GAYOT's restaurant review



PLANTATION KEY: In the Upper Key Echelon

Taste authentic Cuban cuisine at Padrino's in Plantation, Florida

DINING OUT
Padrino's
Cuban specialties like ropa vieja with staple black beans and rice share the menu with a superb version of Spain's paella.

See what else Padrino's is serving up


ISLAMORADA: The Sportfishing Capital

The bar at Atlantic's Edge at Checca Lodge & Spa in Islamorada, Florida

DINING
Islamorada Restaurants

Atlantic's Edge

Bob's Bunz Islamorada Restaurant & Bakery

Lor-e-lei

Marker 88 Restaurant

Morada Bay

Pierre's

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The Sun Suite at Casa Morada in Islamorada, Florida

SLEEPING IN
Islamorada Hotels

Casa Morada

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Find the hotel for you in Islamorada



LONG KEY: A Petite Paradise

The Mini Suite at Lime Tree Bay Resort in Long Key, Florida

SLEEPING IN
Lime Tree Bay Resort
True to its name, this resort rests among fragrant key-lime, banana, papaya and trees. Hammocks, tiki huts and a sunning deck conspire to foster a mood of serene seclusion. Each of the suites and cottages is uniquely decorated and displays its own charming touches.

Learn more about this paradise-inspired resort


BIG PINE KEY: A Laid-Back Island in the Lower Keys

Enjoy peace and quiet at Barnacle Bed & Breakfast in Big Pine Key, Florida

BIG PINE KEY OVERNIGHT
Barnacle Bed & Breakfast
As is often the case in the Keys, this property caters to fans of both fishing and privacy. It's very protective of its serenity — guests under the age of 16 are not allowed. The B&B also emphasizes relaxation with beautiful ocean views and beach patios.

Enjoy the silence at this B&B



KEY WEST: The Southernmost City in the Continental US

A peek inside Café Marquesa in Key West, Florida

DINING IN KEY WEST
Café Marquesa
This long-running restaurant is one of the unequivocal bastions of innovative dining on the island.

Read GAYOT's Café Marquesa review

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A guest room at the Gardens Hotel in Key West, Florida

SLEEPING IN
Key West Hotels

Gardens Hotel

Westin Key West Resort & Marina

The Marquesa Hotel

Sunset Key Guest Cottages at Hilton Key West Resort

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Visit The Florida Keys & Key West official website

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