Exploring the Sunshine State: A Journey from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys
Steve Bell
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When it comes to must visit destinations in Florida, few places can rival the allure and natural beauty of the Florida Keys. Located just a few hours away by car from Palm Beach County, this string of islands offers a unique and unforgettable experience. So, let’s take you on a journey from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys, highlighting the must-visit attractions and hidden gems along the way. 

The Drive from Palm Beach County

Starting your adventure from Palm Beach County, once you get down past Homestead, you'll embark on a scenic drive along the famous Overseas Highway, a 113-mile road connecting the mainland to Key West. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking turquoise waters all around you that make this drive so remarkable.

Key Largo: Gateway to the Keys

Your first stop along the way is Key Largo, the gateway to the Florida Keys. Known as the "Diving Capital of the World," Key Largo is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. Explore the stunning coral reefs of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where you can witness colorful fish swimming amongst vibrant coral formations. If swimming isn’t your thing, take a boat or kayak tour through the mangrove trails of the nearby Everglades National Park.

Islamorada: A Tropical Haven

Continuing your journey, you'll reach the tropical paradise of Islamorada. Known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World," this charming town offers a laid-back atmosphere and a range of outdoor activities. Indulge in world-class fishing, whether that be from a chartered boat or off the shores of its gorgeous beaches. Islamorada arguably has the best cuisine in all of the Keys, so don't forget to savor some delicious seafood at waterfront restaurants such as Lorelei’s or Square Grouper just to name a few.

Marathon: A Tranquil Oasis

Heading more south, you'll reach the heart of the Florida Keys, Marathon. This island offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Spend the day at Sombrero Lighthouse, you can reach this spot by boat, and you will be amazed by the crystal-clear water, abundant fish species, and coral reefs all around you. For an unforgettable experience, visit the Turtle Hospital, where you can learn about the conservation efforts and rehabilitation of sea turtles. Lastly, don't forget to try out some of Marathon’s fresh seafood at some of the local waterfront restaurants such as Sunset Grille and Raw Bar or Dockside Boot Key Harbor.

Key West: The Southernmost Gem

Your driving journey ends, and party begins at the southernmost point of the United States in the eclectic city of Key West. Explore the famous Duval Street, lined with charming shops, lively bars, and delicious restaurants. Or go visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, where the renowned author lived and wrote some of his most celebrated works. Witness the breathtaking sunset at Mallory Square and experience the amazing nightlife that Key West is famous for.

Conclusion

Visiting the Florida Keys from Palm Beach County is a remarkable journey that offers a mix of natural wonders, water activities, and cultural experiences in just a short drive away. From the pristine beaches to the vibrant towns, each stop along the way reveals a unique facet of this tropical paradise. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and let the Florida Keys take your breath away and create memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

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