What to Do in Key Largo When It Rains

There is so much to do outside on the first of the Florida Keys. Key Largo offers vacationers a tropical paradise of golf, dolphin encounters, fishing trips, and beaches; however, like any tropical destination, there are days when it rains. There is no need to worry about what to do in Key Largo when it rains, however. This magnificent Florida Key (located in the Upper Keys) has just as many attractions that can be enjoyed on a rainy day as it does when the bright Florida sun is shining brightly.

Key Largo Diving

christ_of_the_abyss_key_largo.jpgKey Largo is widely known as the dive capital of the world, and scuba diving is a rain or shine activity. Key Largo is home to six underwater Sanctuary Preservation Areas and nearly 3,000 square nautical miles of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is one of the world’s most spectacular places to go diving and snorkeling.

Bring your underwater camera and head to the Statue of Christ of the Abyss in the Key Largo Dry Rocks Reef. It’s a massive bronze statue close enough to the surface for even snorkelers to see, and its ghostly outline makes for a memorable photo. You can also explore the fish along Molasses Reef or the historic shipwrecks of the Civil War Wreck and the Tonawanda, found on Elbow Reef.

Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Center, Horizon Divers, and John Penejamp Coral Reef State Park all offer daily dive and snorkel trips to the area’s highlights. Read more over at our Key Largo Diving Guide.

Get Arty

art_gallery_paintings_sculptures.jpgKey Largo has a number of lovely art and photography galleries that are a perfect option for what to do in Key Largo when it rains. Make sure to visit the Stephen Frink Studio. Frink is one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and his pictures have appeared on the covers of magazines and in advertisements around the world. Plan to spend some time exploring the dramatic underwater world through Frink’s photographs at his studio.

Tom Stack & Associates also displays stunning photographs of nature both above and below the seas. The Gallery at Kona Kai features original works of art, including local paintings and sculptures. The works and artists change continually, but the emphasis is always on the beauty and delicate balance of the Florida Keys.

Restore Body and Spirit

When it rains outside, it’s time to focus on the world within. For many people, the question of what to do in Key Largo when it rains is answered by a relaxing trip to the spa. Sign up for a Pilates class at Key Largo’s Pilates in Paradise in order to stretch your muscles and work on your core. You can also head to neighboring Islamorada for a pretty mani-pedi at the Blu Bamboo Salon & Day Spa, or go to Tavernier for a soothing Raindrop Therapy Treatment at the Healing Waters Massage Therapy & Aquatic Bodywork studio.

A Night at the Theater

When the rain falls softly in the evening, it can offer a romantic opportunity for a fun night at the theater. At the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo, you can enjoy jazz concerts, plays such as Steel Magnolias and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Christmas concerts. Key Largo’s Key Players Community Theater also stages plays, musicals, and concerts at various locations on the island. This amateur theater troupe has staged performances of Little Shop of Horrors, Nunsense, and Annie Get Your Gun in the past, and they are always looking for new and interesting performances for the future.

Indoor Attraction: Your Vacation Rental

What's better than sunning on the beach? Kicking back on the couch or the patio with a view of the beach. Unlike small hotel rooms, Key Largo beach homes have enough space, luxury, and amenities to keep you occupied on the rainiest of days. Gather around the dining room table with some fresh seafood, veg out to cable or satellite TV, play some pool, or relax in an over-sized jetted tub.

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