You don't have to spend a lot of money or endure a lot of hassle to have an awesome tropical vacation. In fact, you don't even need a passport! The Florida Keys are one of the best tropical vacation spots in the world- and they are right here in the United States!
The Florida Keys are a tropical paradise that many Americans overlook in favor of less accessible, busier, and more expensive spots around the world. It is an underrated, stunning, and fun place to enjoy your dream vacation!
One of the most challenging parts of planning a Florida Keys vacation is picking where to stay. The Keys consist of many islands and cities, each with their own culture and amenities. Making decisions gets easier when you consult with locals and frequent visitors!
Towards the end of July, the travel site Travel Off Path shared their tips for planning the perfect tropical getaway in the Florida Keys. With their itinerary hacks, we think you'll have an unforgettable vacation that will rival anything you could experience in the Caribbean.
To start their list of suggestions, they outline their preferred ways to get there and get around. "For the ultimate Keys trip, we highly suggest flying into Miami, renting a car, and road-tripping through The Keys. Best of all, there’s no need to make the trek back to Miami when the vacation sadly comes to an end. Simply drop your rental car off at Key West International Airport and fly home from there!"
You can beeline to Key West (or whatever your destination is) or you can take your time, making stops in the towns along the way. Road trips through the Keys are my favorite way to explore the area because traveling slowly means you don't have to miss out on anything, but it is also nice to get to your destination and relax there for a while.
When it comes to deciding where you want to spend time, consider what each town has to offer.
Key Largo is a great destination for active travelers. Home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, this town is known for its superb diving and snorkeling. It is also full of incredible restaurants! Travel Off Path recommends grabbing a meal at The Fish House, which is also one of my favorite spots in town.
In Islamorada, you'll find the Keys' best brewery (Florida Keys brewing Company) and the famous restaurant Robbie's (where you can feed tarpon!). They also have beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Don't skip the History of Diving Museum!
Travel Off Path doesn't mention Marathon, but we think it is a worthy addition to your itinerary. Marathon is a fantastic place for wildlife enthusiasts, as it is home to the Dolphin Research Center, the Turtle Hospital, and Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters.
Key West is the most famous and most popular place in the Florida Keys. While you're in Key West, Travel Off Path recommends taking a sunset sail, dolphin watching, kayaking, and snorkeling. They also suggest touring the Hemingway Home & Museum and taking a walking food tour of the city. Key West's culinary scene is incredible, so you'll want to be sure to try as many restaurants as possible while you're here! And if you like bars, then be sure to check out Key West's world-famous nightlife!
This year, come enjoy a tropical vacation in the Florida Keys!