Florida Travel: The Ultimate Florida Keys Road Trip

Florida Travel: The Ultimate Florida Keys Road Trip

– [Narrator] This “How
To Do Florida” segment is presented by VISIT FLORIDA. – Today on the show, we head
south on the overseas highway, as we take you on the ultimate road trip. ‘Cause we’re showing you
how to do the Florida Keys. We’ll travel southwest on
US 1, stopping in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine
Key, and finally Key West. First up, we’re headed to Key Largo. Get up close and personal
with some amazing marine life at the world famous John
Pennekamp State Park, America’s first designated
underwater sea preserve. Snorkeling and scuba tours,
along with glass bottom boats give visitors a chance to view this spectacular submerged sanctuary. All told, there’s an
entire underwater world that awaits exploration
in the Florida Keys. You know, the number one attraction here in the Florida Keys, are its reefs. In fact, no other reef system in the world has more visitors, viewers, and watchers than the Florida Keys reef system, and scientists in the Florida Keys are working to maintain coral
reefs for future generations, an innovative program to nurture, and plant farm-raised coral, has been developed by Key Largo’s
core restoration foundation, giving hope to reefs around the world. The Coral Restoration Foundation invites volunteers with dive experience to plant coral onto struggling reefs. This groundbreaking program was developed right here in our Florida Keys. Welcome to Islamorada. Chartering a boat with
an experienced captain is one of the best ways to ensure an unforgettable fishing experience. And if you love fishing,
well, welcome to heaven. Islamorada and the
Upper Keys is considered the sport fishing capital of the world. When you’re in Islamorada, a must see is the History of Diving Museum. Dive equipment through the ages has been beautifully preserved and displayed to help tell the story of man’s quest to
conquer the ocean’s deep. One of my favorite things about the History of Diving
Museum, the helium bar. (laughing) Oh, man. Well, we’ve arrived in
Marathon, a 16 mile group of absolutely spectacular
islands here in the Florida Keys. The Keys are a great place to learn to become certified for scuba diving. But if you’re not certified,
there’s another way to explore the under sea world. Take the simplicity of snorkeling, and combine it with the experience of breathing underwater,
and you’ve got snuba. Instead of having tanks of
air strapped to your back, swimmers get their air through long hoses connected to tanks on a
pontoon raft at the surface. This is way beyond snorkeling, it’s basically scuba diving on a leash. I’m loving this snuba thing. (sighs) Take it in. The wide open spaces of Big
Pine Key, and the Lower Keys. Looking around it’s clear why they call this the natural Keys. You won’t find crowds here,
or in any of the Lower Keys, just pristine back country,
filled with beautiful wildlife like great white herons,
and the tiny Key deer. The tranquil waters of
the Lower Florida Keys is an excellent locale for
exploring nature by kayak. The quiet, shallow backwater of the flats and mangrove forest is
largely untraveled, unspoiled, and teeming with fascinating
plant and animal life. While kayaking you’ll
see one of the world’s most diverse marine life eco systems. The Lower Florida Keys are also known for beautiful, laid-back beaches, where the snorkeling is amazing. In fact, Sandspur Beach
at Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key has repeatedly been voted one of America’s best beaches. Whoo! Well we are on the world
famous Duval street, which means one thing, we’re in Key West. And believe me, this place is a carnival, sights, and sounds. If you’re looking for a getaway
that’s exotic and unique, then look no more, Key West is full of character, and characters. Take a stroll down the
world famous Duval Street, you’ll find restaurants,
bars, and art galleries. This is a city where chickens roam, and poets run free, and at dusk, everyone gathers for
the sunset celebration. Mostly known for fishing, water sports, and it’s gorgeous historic sites. Key West is also known for
it’s spectacular wreck diving. While some wreck’s fail to bad weather, or poor navigation, others
were sunken purposely to create artificial reefs. For the past 30 years,
Florida has developed one of the largest artificial
reef programs in the world. Some of them lie along the Florida Keys Shipwreck Heritage Trail, stretching from Key Largo all the way to Key West. Divers in the Keys can find everything from 18th century Spanish shipwreck sites to the wrecks of modern military ships. In the Florida Keys, artists and artisans are as plentiful as palm
trees and key lime pie. The Key’s colorful
heritage of art and culture has attracted writers, artists, and musicians and performers
from all over the world. Acrylic on coconut, only
in the Florida Keys. Old Key West is kept alive through a large collection of museums, including the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum which showcases one of the
greatest sunken treasures ever discovered, the famous
shipwreck of the Atocha. (crowd cheering) The ruby red high-heeled
shoe that drops at midnight on New Years Eve from Bourbon
Street Pub on Duval Street kicks off a year of non-stop celebrations. (crowd cheering) From seafood festivals to street parties, to music festivals and art shows, the ongoing festivals
capture the bohemian spirit that define the Florida Keys. This was an unforgettable journey, but really, we’ve only
scratched the surface of all the amazing adventures
awaiting to be discovered right here in the Florida Keys. – [Narrator] This “How
To Do Florida” segment was presented by VISIT FLORIDA.

100 thoughts on “Florida Travel: The Ultimate Florida Keys Road Trip”

  • I love being American, boy do we take our country for granted. So many Iconic destinations, most foreigners(Europeans) make fun of us because they are envious. That's why they jump at the chance to vacation here in the U.S. most want to settle down here.

  • I LOVE key west I saw the most beautiful things and the circus oh the circus my favorite show was the cat man!!!!

  • The keys are super dope, not just Key West!. Going back this year for second time. If ya like sun and super clear water, then"yup" this is the place for you. Never know, you might even find a chill bar or two!

  • the Florida keys are great and very unique in the USA
    don't be looking for any beaches do be looking for very long and interesting history in key west and lots of great coral reefs to snorkel at
    the ride down is the best part for me I love the 7 mile bridge and all the other ones that go over magnificent clear turquoise water I am in the Caribbean when I am driving there
    Richard in fort Lauderdale


  • I would love to work for tourism marketing for the Keys one day, such an interesting and adventurous place to promote

  • We've enjoyed the Keys all our lives. When we visited Key West early on?, dogs ( mostly labs) would sleep in the streets, you also had to drive slow so not to run over the ever present wild, free roaming chickens. Good times, good memories.


    The crusies invaded. The vibe has completely changed. It's a sad end to what once was a must go event. My sister in law lived there in the early 70's, we've made many trips to the Keys, but as a family (know this doesn't count what with the tourism $ of said crusies) we have unanimously decided to eliminate Key West (like I said, normally a staple) from our yearly family Keys event.

    We all hate the invasion.

    We have wonderful memories throughout the decades of what once was.

  • Thanks for the video. Brings back good memories. I do love Florida. I miss the place and hopefully I will go back sooner than expected. Once settled in I'm surely going to the keys.

  • I had the privilege of serving the Baptist Church on Big Pine Key as pastor for six year4s in the 1980's. Everyone who can needs  to travel there at least once.

  • What if you drove from Orlando as a day trip? Leave around 7am, reach by 2. Spend a few hours there and leave by 6 or 7pm? Cause I'm going to Orlando with the family and we already booked our hotel so we would only be able to go as a day trip.. Or would this be too much to squeeze into 1 day?

  • That must be a rental jeep because everyone who actually OWNs their own vehicle peels off those yellow Airbag stickers on the sun visors.

  • Hi! Could you please advise a nice romatic restaurant in Key West with a view to sunset to celebrate anniversary?)))) Thank youuuuu)))

  • Lived in the Keys in the late 90's and early 2000's. I was a bartender in Islamorada. Best time of my life. I've missed it dearly since the day I left south Florida in 2006. So much, that I'm moving back October 2017 !!!

  • I put in my 28 years of keys living! I loved it! My most favorite way to live was back in the day when very few people lived on a boat, but I did! I have lived every way of living imaginable. Would not mind finding a retired person to be a companion who loves dogs, all animals, the forest, rivers, ocean life, island life, boats, fishing, relic hunting, snorkeling and simply traveling our beautiful world, having fun and absorbing what life has to offer. I enjoy the simple things in life. I believe in God and and know that if it is his will for me to have a companion to share in some of life's beauty that he will somehow unite us and his will be done. Looking for friendship/companionship only. This video clearly spawned a vast array of emotions and many, MANY memories. Life is far from over and I am always making new memories. Waiting ~ Friendship anyone?

  • Great video. We have a channel pertaining to life in the keys. Check us out and subscribe If you like!

  • Hubs and I plan to take our 2 boys down to the Keys in June…..as I watch this, I wonder how most of this will look when we're there, and despite the storm damage we are not cancelling our trip! Looking forward to taking them snorkeling, etc. and also wondering how the reefs were affected by Irma? Does anyone know? What's the best advice for where in the Keys to stay with kids, ages 16 and 11 and any other tips?!

  • Been here 9 years in Key West originally from Chicago, best move I ever made. but bring lots of cash, it's very expensive.

  • Hey guys…we just did a little update on Islamorada and Florida Keys https://youtu.be/CxUab-vXUOM take a look. Lots open and happening!

  • Spent 4 years (1976-1980) at Homestead Air Force Base then 2 years in North Key Largo living at the Ocean Reef Club. When I hit the lottery, I'm going back.

  • Me and hubby are going to the keys for a week tomorrow and we can't wait as it looks so beautiful. We were in Florida a few weeks ago but never got to visit the keys while we were there. So this time it will be great to see this beauty. America is so gorgeous. I love this country ❤️❤️❤️

  • Too bad yankees want to stay. My home has been trashed and / or ruined by 'em. Come visit please ..then go back north

  • Deutschsprachige Infos zum Sunshine State, Orte & Regionen >> Florida Keys

  • yes you can live in paradise ,,affordable house in Key Largo ,, Park check it out https://keys.craigslist.org/reo/d/mobil-home-3br-park-model-35/6707623321.html ,,bdw great video i ust subscribed !

  • I lived on Big Pine Key , I know all of the fun places to visit . I worked at Little Palm Island and for the Key Deer Refuge , I made a nature trail back in the summer of '97 for them . I wasn't able to write my name in the concrete was it was completely done though . I hope they wrote my name in for me , but I doubt it .

  • My name is Erika, I am currently a student at Lynn University. My fellow classmates and I are conducting a research study to determine whether or not there is a market for small scale, underwater, luxury resort located in the Florida Keys.

    Please help us by participating. If you agree to participate in the survey please click in the link below.

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  • If I had the money to explore believe me you, I would lol. I just had 6 hours in Key West, via tour😐 from Miami.

  • Been to the Keys (along with Miami and other South FL places) two years ago and can't wait to go back. Sadly I live far away across the pond (Spain), but I need to to back at least once again no matter what.

  • The Florida Keys had to be the most boring unpleasant place I’ve ever visited in Florida
    I’ve lived in Florida for 51 years and I can tell you if you’ve never been to the keys unless you like to drink all day long it’s pretty boring
    There’s really nothing else to do besides lay in the sun scuba dive or fish
    I was very disappointed when I visited the Florida Keys

  • Beautiful. I've always been fascinated by the Florida Keys. This seems like a million miles away from my life right now. 🙁 Maybe some day.

  • Key West is dirty. We were just there last week and my husband found a roach clip on Higgs Beach. Don't try to oversell these people on the reality of a party town like Key West.

  • It's like eastern Australia, don't you think? It seems to have similar things that sydney would have.

  • Jupiter Florida on the East Coast just above west palm beach is probably the nicest waters on the East Coast try to check out the lighthouse area it’s beautiful hung out there every weekend for years kayaking around enjoying Florida

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