Key Largo Vacations offer visitors fantastic experiences. You’ll enjoy your stay in the island paradise of Key Largo, the first of the fabulous Florida Keys and the self-proclaimed Dive Capital of the World. Key Largo is home to the world’s largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Underwater State Park and the African Queen. Everglades National Park is just a short trip away. Diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating in the clear waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are fantastic experiences. Watersport activities are plentiful to include fishing, kayaking and swimming with the dolphins. Or, just relax with a tropical beverage and watch the beautiful sunsets. View the beautiful beaches of Key Largo and the Florida Keys here.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 64°F to 89°F and is rarely below 55°F or above 91°F. The warm season lasts from May 31 to October 2 with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 7, with an average high of 89°F and low of 77°F. The cold season lasts from December 9 to March 7 with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 59°F and high of 75°F.
There are two airports near Key Largo, Miami International Airport which is about 44 miles from Key Largo, and the Florida Keys Marathon Airport at about 53 miles from Key Largo. To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price. Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare. For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights. I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase. Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time. You can Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.
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Things to Do
Key West to Key Largo Sailing Expedition
Flush with palm-fringed shores, white sand beaches and vibrant coral reefs, the Florida Keys serve up a taste of the tropics in American style. Closer to Cuba than Miami and blessed with a breezy Caribbean climate, this trickle of islands running south from the Everglades are a favorite hot spot for holiday-makers of every stripe. Sun worshippers soak up rays from the comfort of banana lounges, snorkelers drift over coral gardens in the company of turtles, and lovers of the nightlife can get their boogie (or drink) on in one of the many haunts favored by Hemingway. Explore sunken shipwrecks, spot the endemic Key Deer, learn about the region’s unusual history and feel mighty smug island-hopping by yacht while the everyday tourists deal with the highway commute above. This is a 5 day, 4 night sailing expedition. To find out more information on this 5 star rated expedition go here.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park’s upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking through the park’s waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost. For information call 305-451-1202 or visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Theatre of the Sea
At Theater of the Sea watch up close and personal dolphin shows, sea lion shows, parrot shows, and much more! Theater of the Sea, a pioneer in animal interactive programs you can… swim with a dolphin… swim with a sea lion… Wade, Meet and Paint with a Dolphin… Meet and Paint with a Sea Lion… Swim with the Rays… Swim with the Sharks… and Meet the Sea Turtles! Their 30 minute dolphin swims include both trained behaviors like dorsal tows, kisses, and hugs as well as swimming and snorkeling with dolphins. They offer a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to their dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, guided marine life tour, lagoon-side beach, and bottomless boat ride. Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds. Our mission is to provide a wonderful home for our animals while sharing them with visitors in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environment, and conservation issues. For information call 305-664-2431 or go to Theatre of the Sea.
Dolphin Research Center
“Where Your Family Meets Their Family!” Spend the day with Dolphin Research Center’s family of dolphins and sea lions on Grassy Key in the fabulous Florida Keys. Experience teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment as you watch exciting, fun narrated behavior sessions and other educational presentations every half an hour. Want to meet a dolphin up close? They offer a variety of interactive programs including the Dolphin Encounter swim and Family Dolphin Splash. Ultimate Trainer for a Day,VIP Experience, Researcher Experience, Play with a Dolphin, Paint with a Dolphin, Dolphin Explorer, and Meet a Dolphin also offered daily. For information call 305-289-1121 or go to Dolphin Research Center.
Paddle! The Florida Keys
Learn to stand up paddleboard! Join them in exploring the mangroves on a SUP or kayak with our award-winning Eco Tours. Best rates and guides in Key Largo, Islamorada, and Tavernier. Choose kayaks or paddleboards for your guided 2-hour tour of this unique ecosystem. Want to rent? You can paddle out their back door or they can deliver the fun to you! For information call 305-434-5930 or visit Paddle! The Florida Keys.
Key Largo Adventures
Capt. Charlie Filpes offers a sensational private, All-Inclusive boating adventure in the Upper Keys, particularly in the Key Largo & Islamorada areas – not available anywhere in the Florida Keys! He and his frequent First Mate, Yvonne, offer an impressive variety of amenities aboard the “TIKI TIKI” – their 25 foot open fisherman – which will thrill even the biggest of water sports enthusiasts. Your day on the water is especially tailored just for you, which means you can kick back, relax and enjoy the sun and surf and leave your cares behind. They offer snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing, kayaking, BBQ lunch on the sand bar, kayaking, shark encounters and Eco education. For information call 305-975-4885 or visit Key Largo Adventures.
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$$ Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe
Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00-8:00pm The Backyard Cafe features fresh from the Florida Keys seafood. They also have a variety of Beers and Wines to choose from. Visit and check out the menu and see what they have to offer at their dockside dining. For more information call 1-800-432-4058 or visit Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe.
$$ The Fish House
The Fish House specializes in fresh local seafood including yellowtail snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, Florida lobster, and stone crab. Try their smoked fish – smoked right on the premises. Relax… Lay Back… Dig into their scrumptious conch-style cooking. They know how to serve seafood right! Fresh fish is The Fish House’s trademark, brought to the back door daily by fishermen, then filleted and prepared on premise… the finest in “Conch-style” cooking. All of their dishes are served in a fun, friendly, and casual “Keys style” atmosphere. For information call 305-451-4665 or visit The Fish House.
$$ Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen
The Mrs. Mac’s II location specializes in large menu choices for all, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free included. Serving fresh, high quality, homemade comfort food including local sustainable seafood & Certified Angus Beef steaks. Where service and cleanliness is as important as the food. Delicious homemade Key Lime Pie. 25 wines by the glass and refreshing cocktails from their full bar. For information call 305-451-3722 or visit Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen.
$$ Skipper’s Dockside
Welcome to your ultimate waterfront paradise! Skipper’s Dockside, Key Largo’s oceanfront oasis at Mile Marker 100, offers guests a comfortable portal to a time when life was simpler. Visitors enjoy a peek into the past as they make their turn onto Caribbean Drive; the exterior features an old-fashioned Ice House followed by a 1940’s original filling station to assist in one’s time travel journey. For information call 305-453-9594 or visit Skipper’s Dockside.
$$ Key Largo Conch House
Key Largo Conch House is a family owned, and operated restaurant. An environmentally friendly restaurant that serves sustainable seafood. they were featured on Emeril’s Florida March 2015, Travel Channel’s Man v Food 2012, Discovery Channel 2013, and The Food Network 2007. Ted, Laura, Jon, Justin and Stephanie welcome you! Mom’s Key Lime Coconut cake was featured on Emeril’s Florida, March 2015. It’s not on the menu but they do have it frequently, just ask! They make the best seafood Paella on certain nights which is not to be missed, along with their Conch Fritters, which were featured on Travel Channel’s Man v Food, July 2012 Conch Fritter Eating Contest. For information call 305-453-4844 or visit them on the web at Key Largo Conch House.
$$ Hobo’s Cafe
One of Key Largo’s most popular restaurants, Hobo’s Cafe serves robustly flavored, seasonal American cuisine in a casual, upbeat setting. Established in 1991, Hobo’s Cafe takes inspiration from the abundance of local seafood offered by the surrounding waters of the Florida Keys. Their food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients, derived from local fishermen and markets. As National Geographic stated, they’re an authentic Keys eatery. Their menu is creative, yet simple. Hobo’s Cafe remains a destination for thoughtful, warm hospitality and genuinely good food. For more information call 305-451-5888 or visit Hobo’s Cafe.
Bars & Nightlife
Sharkey’s Pub & Grill
A little off the beaten path tucked in just past Marina Del Mar next to Ocean Divers MM100. You will find them canal side on Key Largo Harbor. A little “hard to find but tough to beat” you ‘ll find something for everyone with casual family style dining in a local friendly flip flop atmosphere at affordable prices. Sharkey’s Pub is on the first floor inside or seating for cocktails and lunch & dinner on the waterside deck and patio . Watch your favorite team on 1 of their 18 TVs or listen to live music nightly. Hang with the locals inside A/C with pool, darts, or listen to the juke box. They are the craft beer headquarters with 28 beers on tap featuring Florida beers from Funky Buddha, Due South, Cigar City Brewery & many more . Tropical drinks, Frozen Specialties, & Jumbo Size Rum Buckets !! For information call 305-453-1905 or visit them on the web at Sharkey’s Pub & Grill.
Breezer’s Tiki Bar
Enjoy open-air Florida Keys dining at Breezer’s Bar and Grille, one of the most refreshing restaurants in Key Largo. Breezer’s is located just over the suspension bridge from Gus’ Grille, with breathtaking views over the beach and Florida Bay. Along with fresh salads, juicy burgers and The Key’s best frozen drinks, Breezer’s also offers an incredible setting to catch the sunset. Be sure to stop by for their daily Happy Hour specials, featuring a tempting menu of light fare and island music from 4pm to 7pm. During season, Breezer’s also features live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday. Experience The Keys as only the locals do at Breezer’s Bar and Grille! For more information call 305-453-0000 or visit them on the web at Breezer’s Tiki Bar.
Buzzard’s Roost Grill & Pub
Buzzard’s Roost Restaurant offers waterside dining indoors and out. Relax inside in air-conditioned comfort, out on the patio or at the tiki bar. Enjoy live music at the tiki bar on Friday nights. Buzz on in to MM 106. 5, Oceanside Key Largo. To come by boat, they are at Hawk Channel… Lat 25’10.232 Long 80’22.291. Enjoy great happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers at The Buzzard’s Roost Key Largo! Soar on in for happy hour at the inside bar Monday through Friday 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or at the tiki bar on Friday nights from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For information call 305-453-3746 or visit them on the web at Buzzard’s Roost Grill & Pub.
Visit by car, boat, or bike and enjoy stiff drinks, live music, and beautiful sunsets. Breathtaking sunsets, rich history, live music, and even livelier folks are quick to fill out this one-of-a-kind Key Largo landmark. Opened in 1938 and run by the Whitehurst family since 1963, the Caribbean Club is the oldest bar in the Upper Keys and one of the last relics of Old Key Largo. It boasts live music Thursday through Sunday nights, daily happy hours, waterfront sunset views, and a dog-friendly atmosphere. Locals and tourists mingle in this watering hole filled with memorabilia from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall classic Key Largo. For information call 305-451-4466 or visit them on the web at Caribbean Club.
Cactus Jack’s Pub
Located between Senor Frijoles & Sundowners, Cactus Jacks (CJ’s) is your late-night watering hole. Pool table, juke box, darts, TVs, and Golden Tee Golf. Late night food menu served until 2 a.m.— wings, sliders, burgers, chicken sandwiches, chipotle shrimp, and bacon wrapped jalapeños. Happy Hour from 4-6 weekdays. For more information call 305-453-0249 or visit Cactus Jack’s Pub.
Top Key Largo Hotels
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection is set on 14.5 private bayfront acres in Key Largo, Florida. The resort features a year-round outdoor pool, private cabanas, a hot tub, fire pits, and water sport facilities. The resort’s Flagler’s Restaurant has a variety of fresh dishes and specializes in serving signature steaks. The waterfront restaurant, Sol by the Sea, offers fresh seafood and a rum bar. The full-service Ocean Spa has skin and nail treatments, a salon, and fitness counseling and classes. Guests can even schedule an en suite massage. Views of the Florida Bay, a private marina, and a boat launch ramp are featured at the Playa Largo Resort. Paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling, diving, boating, and ocean excursions are available on site. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection.
Atlantic Bay Resort
In Tavernier, this beachfront Florida resort is 2 miles from Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. Guests can enjoy snorkeling near the hotel’s private beach, an outdoor pool, and free property-wide Wi-Fi. Atlantic Bay Resort provides guests with barbecue and fishing facilities. A boat launch and free on-site parking are available for added convenience. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Atlantic Bay Resort.
Azul del Mar
Located along Blackwater Sound, this adult-only boutique hotel features a small, private beach nestled in a tropical garden. A microwave, refrigerator and coffee-making facilities come standard in each room at Azul del Mar. A seating area with a satellite TV is also included. A small dishwasher is provided. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Azul del Mar.
Hampton Inn Key Largo
This hotel is off Highway 1 and 3 miles from downtown Key Largo. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, private beach, boat dock and rooms with a flat-screen TV. Key Largo Hampton Inn provides guests with a daily breakfast. The hotel also features a gym and business center. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hampton Inn Key Largo.
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
Situated on 17 acres of waterfront, Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort offers sport fishing, coral reef diving, and other water sport activities. It boasts a full-service day spa and an outdoor pool featuring views of the water. A fitness center is available and snorkeling, table tennis, and volleyball are located on-site or nearby. Bicycle rentals are offered, and guests can relax beach side with towels and beach chairs or watch wild iguanas roam the shore. Stop by Flipper’s Pool for lunch, dinner, or poolside drinks. Gus’ Grille offers locally-sourced seafood from beneath a covered patio while Breezer’s Tiki Bar serves lite fares and drinks. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort.