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The southernmost point in the United States, Key West is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches and historic sites. Don’t miss Duval Street which is one of the most energetic strips of shops, bars and cafes in all the land. Did we mention Sloppy Joe’s bar, a favorite hangout of novelist Ernest Hemingway? And, for the more sober-minded, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (look for the celebrated six-toed cats).
Walking tours are the best way to see the island’s intriguing architecture, courtyards and gardens. Start in the center of town at the Key West City Cemetery which offers a glimpse of Key West’s past and its offbeat sense of humor, as exhibited by gravestones that read, “I told you I was sick,” and “At least I know where he’s sleeping tonight.”
Big Coppitt Key
Big Coppitt Key (to include the neighboring islands of Geiger Key and Shark Key for simplicity) is a small island just east of Key West in the lower Florida Keys. The Overseas Highway crosses the key at approximately mile markers 9.5-11. Think of Big Coppitt Key as the suburb of Key West.
The Saddlebunch Keys offer luxury homes scattered across a series of islands seven miles east of Key West. Those fortunate enough to find spend time here do so for the quiet beaches and beautiful landscapes.
The Saddlebunch Keys are located between MM 11.5 and 15. This area combines convenience and proximity with solitude and peacefulness.
“Sugarloaf” is a quiet, U-shaped island. A bedroom community of Key West, Sugarloaf is just 13 miles away and is located between Mile Markers 17.5 and 18.6.
Sugarloaf puts you in a convenient and stunning location that was once known for pineapples. This comparatively quieter island is about three hours from Miami by car. Charming cottages and single family homes can be found here. Sugarloaf invites you and your family to live the best of the Florida Keys lifestyle. The excitement of Key West is never far – but the quiet and natural beauty of Sugarloaf will enchant and delight.
The luxurious and beautiful island lifestyle awaits you 21 miles from the Key West tourist hub in the island resort community of Cudjoe Key. This key only has homes on its southern shores with most of the island made up of wetlands and pinewoods.
The island offers an upscale to middle class residential area that includes fisherman’s cottages, ocean side single family homes with stilt designs and boat accessible patio villas. Cudjoe Key’s location makes it an ideal place to enjoy all of Florida Keys attractions and amenities. There’s always something to do in this charming island community. If you enjoy wide open spaces, a great view and an easy going lifestyle then Cudjoe Key is for you.
Summerland Key is an ideal tropical vacation getaway destination. Considered the top “bedroom” community in the Keys. Property types here include single family houses, mansions and estates, townhomes and apartments that are built in stilt and conch designs (unique to this area of Florida).
With its location between the major tourist and commercial islands of Marathon and Key West, Summerland Key enjoys a very special island living atmosphere that includes recreation facilities, nature parks and the best snorkeling, diving and fishing waters in all of the US coastal vacation spots. Just hop on a boat and go island hopping to enjoy the genuine island living atmosphere.
The beautiful rural setting of Ramrod Key offers a quiet tropical getaway with tranquil atmosphere. Located just 27 miles from famous Key West, Ramrod Key offers one of the most laid back community atmospheres in all of the Keys.
Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center is a well-known destination on the island that offers accommodations and a popular bar and restaurant. Ramrod Key offers a wide variety of homes and neighborhoods which fit every taste and budget amidst a quiet and easy going tropical scene.
All three Torch Key communities (Little, Middle and Big Torch Keys) are named after the native torchwood tree which is abundant in the island chain and also serves as the beautiful backdrop in this natural island landscape. The rustic feel and natural terrain provides an atmosphere that makes visitors feel in tune with nature.
This exclusive island community offers calm waters, a good nightlife and local restaurant options that provide great entertainment and good food to its privileged residents. It’s one of the nicer locations in the lower keys islands because of its private residential setting with more spacious houses, bigger lots and more luxurious designs which will cost far more in other locations. If you want big spaces, a tranquil island setting and 360 degree scenic views then the Torch Keys may be for you.
Big Pine Key
Big Pine Key, the second largest island by land mass, offers a tranquil and laid back community which features small beach resorts, charming little restaurants and properties of all sizes surrounded by the natural beauty of the Florida coast.
The residents of Big Pine Key appreciate its world class snorkeling and diving. Ride though the National Key Deer Refuge, venture out to neighboring No Name Key and see how residents live off the grid or check out the Blue Hole at Key Deer Park. Kayaking, hiking, fishing…you can find adventures of all kinds in Big Pine Key.
Marathon/Key Colony Beach
Marathon is a 10-mile-long, family-oriented island community set in a jaw dropping natural environment. The “Islands of Marathon” include Knight Key, Vaca Key, Boot Key, East and West Sister’s Island, Fat Deer Key, Ling Pine Key and Grassy Key to name a few.
Its residents enjoy Marathon’s fishing heritage, its “old-Keys lifestyle” and its seafaring traditions. These themes are celebrated in the area’s accommodations which include private waterfront vacation homes, small hotels, beachside inns, family-style resorts and waterside restaurants that harvest fresh fish, lobster and stone crab claws from local waters.
Marathon is one of the Keys’ most marine-friendly cities with nearly 1,200 wet slips, 1,200 dry slips and major facilities to accommodate transient cruisers. For anglers, waters teem with offshore billfish and tuna in the winter, bridge-hugging tarpon in the spring and dolphin fish in the summer.
Duck Key is an intimate island community. There is just one road onto the island and one road off. Located at mile marker 61, Duck Key is unique because of the island’s private location, top-notch canal system and Caribbean architectural style. Within easy driving distance to the conveniences of nearby Marathon, Duck Key is a top choice for vacationers and residents alike. You get to fully experience the privileges of living an island lifestyle – but then have absolute privacy when you get home.
In keeping with the original Caribbean architecture of the island, the luxuriously designed resort Hawks Cay sits at the entrance of Duck Key. Properties primarily include luxury homes and condos most of which are canal front or waterfront properties.
Long Key (to include the neighboring islands of Lower Matecumbe and Conch Key for simplicity) is perfect for folks in search of quiet, rural property with some of the Florida Keys’ most spectacular beaches and water views.
The area blends idyllic beachside views with luxurious townhouses, coach homes, estate homes and condominiums.
Islamorada is midway between Miami and Key West. The area is also referred to as the “Village of Islands” because it covers Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper and Lower Matecumbe Key and Tea Table Key.
Residential properties in Islamorada are mostly condominiums, townhouses and single-family homes with the first two outnumbering single-family homes.
Nestled within the Keys just below the southern tip of Florida, Key Largo is known for its mysterious romantic image through film. A present day world-class diving capital, Key Largo offers beautiful sunsets, an enchanted setting and proximity to an array of water sports. Key Largo is a little over an hour’s drive to Miami.
Tavernier is a community just south of Key Largo. Vacationers who prefer peace and quiet without sacrificing access to fishing, dive sites and other recreation opt for Tavernier. For many, paradise can be found in Key Largo/Tavernier.