Welcome to The Florida Keys
World-class tropical islands with breathtaking views.
What’s known as The Florida Keys is a small archipelago of coral cay islands—meaning low-elevation islands formed on top of the coral reef—off the southernmost tip of Florida. The islands are connected to the coast by the US-1 highway, which spans across the waters as a bridge to each of the most popular islands, including Key Largo, which is closest to Miami, Ilsamadora, and Key West. There are approximately 800 keys ranging widely in size and 42 bridges, the longest of which is the famous Seven Mile Bridge
Though it’s a popular tourist destination and a must-see if you’re in the area, The Florida Keys offers a sense of privacy, a peaceful atmosphere, and a laid-back vibe for its residents. Developed by Henry Morrison Flagler in the early 20th century, the engineering necessary to connect and build the residential keys via railroad presented a monstrous challenge that Flagler was able to overcome. However, after a hurricane in 1935, the railroad was replaced by a roadway, which was then paralleled by a new, modern bridge in the 1980s and late 20th century.
Along the upper and lower keys, homes fit in well with the paradise lifestyle that comes with island living and being surrounded by miles of emerald ocean. Though there are plenty of more modestly-priced beach cottages, single-family bungalows, and homes with private docking slips, the true gems of The Florida Keys are the lavish estates that radiate luxury and grandeur. From 5 million dollar small estates to entire private island empires that run upwards of 90 million, The Florida Keys are truly a place for the elite and the affluent.
What to Love
• Plenty of privacy and space from the bustle of Miami
• Tropical island living with access to closer urban areas
• Unbeatable ocean views and beaches
People & Lifestyle
With a median population age of 54, many of the residents in The Florida Keys are retirees and established professionals taking advantage of the breathtakingly beautiful estates and waterfront homes. The keys are also popular for generational vacation homes and for those escaping the world to live amongst the palms and waves.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Despite their small size, the islands of The Florida Keys have sustaining shopping centers and plenty of great dining to keep you well-fed and satisfied. On larger islands like Key Largo, you’ll find retail locations like Tradewinds S.C.
that can provide for your day-to-day needs, including salons and spa services.
If you’re ready for a cabana experience with tropical drinks, fresh seafood, and waterfront views of the Florida Bay, check out Lorelei Restaurant
on the island of Islamorada. The venue hosts live entertainment nightly and serves as a spectacular front-row seat to Florida’s famous sunsets. A little more casual, Hobo's Cafe
on Key Largo serves up hearty American cuisine, crafted from fresh catches and seasonal ingredients sourced locally. From its bright yellow and blue exterior accents to its wooden boards and center-stage ocean décor, Island Grill
leaves no question as to what you’ll find inside. The venue includes a private beach in addition to its outdoor patio and indoor dining, as well as a menu full of savory dishes.
Things to Do
The real attraction of The Florida Keys, however, is its ample beauty, expansive views, and natural wonder. Human presence in Biscayne National Park
dates back 10,000 years, and its status as a “watery wonderland” is based on the fact that 95% of the park is water. Its vast acres of gorgeous coral reefs, waterways, mangrove forests, and islands are famed for being an absolute joy to explore.
Clear waters and a soft, warm breeze year-round are the main features of Bahia Honda State Park
, a stunning island park that’s ideal for wildlife watching. Snorkel, stargaze, camp, or visit the Sand and Sea Nature Center to fall in love with this well-known beauty. Last but not least, it would be remiss to talk of resplendent parks by the keys and not mention the internationally-acclaimed Everglades National Park
, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Protected wetlands and diverse biomes harbor incredible wildlife and flora and are home to endangered species like the Florida Panther and the American Crocodile.
The Florida Keys are home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
• Key West High School, 9-12, top high school in Monroe County
• Marathon Middle High School, 6-12, highly rated public middle school
• Big Pine Academy, PK & K-5, well-rated public charter school, top in the county