You’re on island time now!
Leave vibrant Cuban influence and glamorous South Beach behind in buzzing Miami and join Highway 1 where you can expect a drive packed with sensory overloads in natural beauty and the opportunity for oh-so-many activity stops!
The so-called Overseas Highway is an engineering phenomenon, extending over incredible expanses of water, with the Atlantic to your left and the Gulf to your right.
Boasting some of the most fascinating scenery in the state, time spent in Key Largo will ensure refreshed senses in this the dive capital of the world; home to the wreck of the famous Spiegel Grove at Dixie Shoal and a veritable divers’ treasure chest.
Dinner beside the outdoor firepit at waterside restaurant Skipper’s Dockside for some mouth-watering conch chowder, celebrated key lime pie combined with local entertainment comes highly recommended.
Nearby go to Tavernier and access the Conch Reef, one of the best and most popular drift dives on the Keys. Other sites where the underwater world teems with colourful fish are Hens & Chickens, Pickles and Alligator Reefs!
Visit the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, where youcan try on antique equipment and see diving machines from the 1700s! At Hawks Cay visitors havethe wonderful opportunity to interact with dolphins in the water and after why not take time out for a legendary lobster Reuben sandwich at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina?
Drive on to Looe Key, possibly the most popular dive and snorkel destination in the lower Keys due to some dramatic underwater topography: coral reefs rise from the sea bed into underwater banks jam-packed with lobster and moray eels.
If you are looking for a fabulous beach experience, head to Bahia Honda State Park to enjoy the lavish sand oceanfront or, for some back-country paradise, go to the Sugarloaf Lodge Resort overlooking the secluded mangrove lined bay of Sugarloaf Sound and complete with a private airstrip.
Famed for Ernest Hemmingway, art galleries and gingerbread-style houses, Key West is a perfect final journey point. Venture to Tower Bar at Turtle Kraals, take a seat on the 2nd floor, order a Key West Sunset and soak up the distinct vibe with a phenomenal sunset.