The upper keys are better known as Key Largo. Visitors fall in love with the accommodations including homes, condos, townhouses, and villas. After a long day of snorkeling and scuba diving, hot tubs and outdoor grills make for a relaxing evening. Greet the day on massive sun porches and decks while lounging with coffee.
Key Largo is situated in the triangle of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. This offers incredible year round fishing trips with anglers catching sailfish and marlin ready for the taxidermist. The beautiful blue waters of the Florida Keys are teeming with snapper and grouper that are great on the grill. Charters run to the reef area and farther depending on the season. The 40 minutes tranquil ride is filled with sightseeing sperm whales and dolphins.
The third largest reef in the world is located in Key Largo. The following three protected facilities keep vacation itineraries busy.John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
This is a state-of-the-art marine biological wonderland that is open to the public. Glass bottom boats tour the diversity offered by this habitat. Molasses Reef starts the corridor of the third largest coral reef in the world. Scuba diving trips can be experienced alone or with guides. The Grecian Rocks are part of the only underwater park in the United States. A swim 100 feet from shore ends at a Spanish shipwreck and the infamous Christ of the Deep statue. For deeper dives, the USS Speigel or USCG Duane provide more wreck explorations.Everglades National Park
An American original is the Everglades with species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Examples include the American crocodile, manatee, and flamingo birds in a wetland listed as a World Heritage Site. This attraction was also designated an International Biosphere Reserve, because it is the largest tropical home to a wilderness population. Experience its splendor on an air boat tour as you witness the ecosystem up close and personal.Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Facilities that showcase the marine ecosystem continues with this next attraction. It is the home of two marine mock-ups. The first to explore is Aquarius a one-of-a-kind underwater laboratory. There are several thousand feet of interactive exhibits available. After completing the first tour, head over to the Mote Marine Laboratory with a masterful display of the coral reef. The 2,500 gallon tank holds tropical fish and growing coral reef. Children can enjoy a special section of their own at the Eco-Discovery Center.
A catamaran is not the usual sea vessel. It has a variety of uses for those visiting Key Largo. A couple of ideas include taking a sunset ride in the Lower Florida Keys or heading to snorkeling sites to spend the day exploring. Paragliding is another fun activity this boat has to offer with smooth ups and downs. Just like snorkeling, scuba diving in a variety of depths is an option.
Temperatures have a range of mild 60s during the winter evenings to comfortable 80s in the summer months. There is not much rain to contend with due to the Gulf Stream winds and location to the equator. This tropical paradise requires your best summer wear for maximum enjoyment.
Vacationers can come to Key Largo by car, RV, or boat to relax and rejuvenate. Private cars or rentals both offer the same ability to travel the 100+ miles of roads and bridges with breath-taking views. Since this is the first key, driving across the overseas bridges especially the seven mile one is a must.