The self-christened ‘Diving Capital of the World’, Key Largo attracts Eco tourists, sport fishers, divers old and new and travellers that are simply keen to revel in the wondrous tropical climate of the islands. With majestic scenery both in the waters and on land however, Key Largo is a beautiful and versatile island that has captured the hearts of thousands of travellers.
AT A GLANCE
With multiple National and State parks (both on land and in the waters) Key Largo is an explorer’s heaven. Underwater mystery and beauty is provided by artificial reefs and ship-wrecks that are home to a variety of exotic and tropical fish. Even if on a particular day you feel like staying dry, then there are plenty of bars and restaurants that offer both a casual and elegant means of relaxation.
WHAT TO SEE
A paradise for those with a passion for all things aquatic, but equally beautiful on land, Key Largo invites you to get familiar with the impressive world under the waves, whilst on-shore life boasts nature trails and establishments that make it easy to experience ‘American-Caribbean’ culture.
John Pennekamp state park (the site of the US’s singular living coral reef) attracts divers from all over the world, and if you want to experience the best that Key Largo has to offer, this is a great place to start. Similarly, the Dagny Johnson Hammock Botanical State Park boasts 84 protected species of plants and animals along and around its numerous trails.
Get wet or stay dry, but whatever you do, you’ll come away with a new appreciation of landscapes and natural life that you never thought could exist in US territory.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The US mainland, considering its size, undoubtedly offers a diverse experience and can lay claim to some of the most unique landscapes in the world. There is literally no other place like Key Largo, as its John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park contains the only living reef in the US. This spot, and the underwater beauty present there, is simply a must on any to-do list, whether you’re an experienced diver or it’s your first time slipping on the flippers.