Destination guide

Tropical paradise in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are often associated with sunbathing and swimming in turquoise waters, but there’s so much more to this area than that. Heart-pounding trophy fishing, scuba diving, strolling through galleries, or kayaking through mangroves are on the offer, making Florida Keys ideal for any traveler. Vacation home rentals put you in the center of the action, no matter how you choose to spend your days.

Things to do

Sun, fun, and history in the Florida Keys

No matter your interest, there are vacation rentals near the array of activities and landmarks in Key West. The Bahia Honda State Park and Beach offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, snorkeling, and kayaking, and Old Town Trolley Tours give you stunning views of the island towns as you pass through. The Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum boasts gold and other treasures pulled from nearby shipwrecks, giving you a glimpse of the area’s history, and Duval Street is the place to go for shopping, dining, and sidewalk celebrations.


Sightseeing in and around Florida Keys

Do you want to discover things to do during your stay? Travelers enjoy fun activities like jogging trails, dolphin viewing opportunities and fishing. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Florida Keys a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Dolphin Research Center (13.9 mi / 22.4 km)
  • Florida Keys Country Club (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Conch Air (9 mi / 14.5 km)

Seasonal weather in Florida Keys

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 91°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Florida Keys

Florida Keys is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and beautiful ocean views. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Florida Keys is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sombrero Beach (8.9 mi / 14.4 km)
  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach (11.9 mi / 19.1 km)
  • The Turtle Hospital (7.4 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Sunset Park Beach (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Bahia Honda Key (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Curry Hammock State Park (12.1 mi / 19.4 km)

Colorful shores of the Florida Keys

Beachgoers flock to the Florida Keys to rent prime vacation homes near the water, and there’s plenty to choose from. Sandspur Beach is an ideal beach for families, due to its shallow, calm waters and picnic areas, along with Calusa Beach, a Gulf-side beach that’s sheltered and quiet, offering excellent views of the water. Smathers Beach is a popular beach for outdoor enthusiasts looking to windsurf, kite surf, or kayak. Dry Tortugas National Park is great for nature lovers, due to its population of loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles that can be seen by diving or snorkeling.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Florida Keys

Fly into Marathon, FL (MTH-Florida Keys Marathon), the closest airport, located 8.7 mi (14.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Key West, FL (EYW-Key West Intl.), which is 40.8 mi (65.7 km) away.

Restaurants and bars

Diverse dining options in the Florida Keys

From the fresh fish and seafood from local waters to traditional favorites with a twist, there’s something for every palate in the Florida Keys. Key West pink shrimp is a popular natural resource, due to its sweet taste, and may be prepared in a variety of ways. Yellowtail snapper, grouper, mahi-mahi, and lionfish are also unique island fare that are served with unique accompaniments, and stone crabs, a delicacy that’s often served with drawn butter, is a seasonal favorite for both visitors and locals. Fortunately, vacation rentals in the Florida Keys ensure you’re always able to satisfy your cravings.

Family friendly

Fun with the whole family in the Florida Keys

With its calm beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and kid-friendly fun, the Florida Keys offer endless enjoyment for families. Vacation homes can be found near top destinations, such as the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, a rescue center that works to conserve wild sea birds, and the Key West Shipwreck Museum, a museum with displays about shipwrecks near the islands. Founders Park is a wonderful spot for outdoor excursions, such as sailing and pedal boating, and the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, a greenhouse filled with over 1,200 butterflies.

Good for couples

Romance in Key West

Nothing says romance like a tropical island, which is why vacation homes in Key West are the ideal place to rekindle your love. Have a night on the town in Mallory Square, a destination for mingling with locals and enjoying the sunsets, or take a canal cruise in the African Queen, a vessel named for the famous film. You could also stroll through the Key West Garden Club, a lush landscape with colorful blooms and relaxing picnic areas, or visit with dolphins at Dolphin Connection, a marine park with land and water interactions.

Where to stay around Florida Keys?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,471 vacation rentals near Florida Keys. From 2,258 Houses to 173 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Florida Keys for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Florida Keys?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida Keys. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Key West: 1,733 vacation rentals
  • Naples: 7,733 vacation rentals
  • Miami: 6,858 vacation rentals
  • Miami Beach: 5,438 vacation rentals
  • Islamorada: 1,246 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Florida Keys! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Florida Keys?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Florida Keys:

  • Key West: 1,733 rentals
  • Naples: 7,733 rentals
  • Miami: 6,858 rentals
  • Miami Beach: 5,438 rentals
  • Islamorada: 1,246 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Florida Keys?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Florida Keys are:

  • Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH): 1,077 vacation rentals
  • Miami International Airport (MIA): 6,518 vacation rentals
  • Key West International Airport (EYW): 1,682 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Florida Keys?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Florida Keys. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bahia Honda State Park and Beach: 1,242 rentals
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: 1,208 rentals
  • South Beach: 1,558 rentals
  • Southernmost Point: 1,557 rentals
  • Port of Miami: 6,159 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Florida Keys listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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