Florida Keys Area Info

The Florida Keys are a string of islands one hundred and ten miles long, beginning with Key Largo at Mile Marker 110 and down to Key West at Mile Marker 0. There are hundreds of keys, or islands, in the chain. Some are inhabited and others are barely inhabited, while others are remote and totally wild. Some are large, like Big Pine Key, and some are so tiny you hardly notice them at all as you drive over the Overseas Highway, or US 1. Some of the keys are dominated by resorts that own the whole island, or most of it. Take Duck Key, for example, which is pretty much owned by Hawk’s Cay resort. The entrance to the island is surrounded by a large gateway, with the words Hawk’s Cay written in stone. Some Florida Keys have much of their land protected for wildlife refuges, such as Big Pine. Big Pine Key is home to Key Deer, which are protected and who live in a fenced-off area to keep them safe from the highway. The most populated Key is Key West, which is the center of tourism, business, and culture for the Florida Keys. Cruise ships come into Key West, the flagship campus of Florida Keys Community Collegeis located in Key West, and it has the largest population of all the Keys townships. Key West really includes Stock Island, which is a separate island from Key West but for all intents and purposes is part of the same community and city.

If you happen to be driving through the Florida Keys to your destination in the middle or lower keys, you’ll get to see some of the ways in which the various Keys differ. You will notice the difference right away between Key Largo and Islamorada, with the former catering to drive-by tourism and commercial interests. Islamorada caters almost strictly to anglers, since it’s known as the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Here’s a list of most of the Keys that make up the Florida Keys, just to give you an idea of the number of actual islands you’ll be driving over as you make your way south and west, towards paradise.

Keys in the Florida Keys

  • Key Largo
  • Plantation Key
  • Teatable Key
  • Upper Matecombe Key
  • Indian Key
  • Lower Matecombe Key
  • Craig Key
  • Fiesta Key
  • Long Key
  • Conch Key
  • Duck Key
  • Grassy Key
  • Long Key
  • Knight Key
  • Little Duck Key
  • Ohio Key
  • Big Torch Key
  • Middle Torch Key
  • Little Torch Key
  • Summerland Key
  • Bahia Honda Key
  • Cudjoe Key
  • Sugarloaf Key
  • Lower Sugarloaf Key
  • Key West
  • Saddle Bunch Keys
  • Big Coppitt Key
  • East Rockland Key
  • Windley Key
  • Vaca Key
  • Ramrod Key
  • Stock Island
  • No Name Key
  • Big Pine Key
  • Park Key
  • Harris Key
  • Rockland Key
  • Boca Chica Key
  • Raccoon Key
  • Geiger Key
  • Garden Key
  • Shark Key
  • Fat Deer Key
  • Cross Key
  • Tingler
  • Missouri Key
  • Valhalla
  • Little Crawl Key
  • Crawl Key
  • Center
  • Plantation
  • Yacht Club
  • Harbor
  • Tom Harbor
  • Walkers/Little Con
  • Tavernier Key
  • Fleming Key
  • Dredgers Key
  • Boot Key
  • Marquesas
  • Snapper Point
  • Sunset Cay
  • Channel Cay
  • Ocean Reef
  • Largo Sound
  • Ensenada Isle
  • Flamingo Isle
  • Spanish Harbor
  • Coco Plum
  • Key Colony Beach
  • Doctors Point
  • Bahia Shores
  • Bay Point
  • Pigeon
  • Valois
  • Howell Key
  • Loggerhead Key