Key Largo is Florida’s largest key with a population of 9,952 residents. It’s continually one of the most popular destinations not only in Florida but in the United States. Founded around 1870 with just 60 people, the 30 miles key is just one of 800 of the most beautiful key locations Florida has to offer. Key is a derivative of the Spanish word “cayo,” meaning small island, and largo comes from the Spanish word for long. So it literally translates as long key!
Key Largo has been home to some notable people over the years, such as Ernest Hemingway, Shel Silverstein, Henry S. Truman, Tennessee Williams, Calvin Klein, Shane Spencer, Jimmy Buffet, and John Dewey.
South Florida vacation rentals in Key Largo are a 60-minute drive from Miami international airport. They are incredibly accessible due to the miles of the Overseas Highway and 42 bridges across the keys region.
Some of the most popular activities in Key Largo are snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing, eco-tours, visiting the Everglades (Key Largo is in the backcountry of the Everglades National Park), and of course, relaxing at the beach! For the really adventurous, check out Jules Undersea Lodge at the bottom of the Emerald Lagoon, an underwater hotel that sits 30 feet deep where guests have to scuba dive to get to their room!
For even more outdoor fun, there are plenty of on-shore nature sites like trails, a bird rehabilitation center, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which is the first underwater preserve in the country.
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