Forty-two bridges connect the 120-mile chain of islands called the Florida Keys, home to the only living coral reef in North America. Northernmost is Key Largo, just an hour's drive from Miami, with its fishing boats and world-class diving earning it’s nickname The Diving Capital of the World.
Ninety-seven miles south is the nightlife and art scene of Hemingway's beloved Key West, the southernmost point in the United States.
In between, each Key has a particular identity and attraction. "These islands' personalities are as different as Abaco and Nassau in the Bahamas," says Lisa Ferringo, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate. "But everywhere, it's all about the water."
Below Key Largo, there's upscale Islamorada, known as The Sport Fishing Capital of the World with boutique resorts and fabulous sport fishing for marlin, sail fish, and dolphin.
Midway down you'll find the family-oriented village of Marathon, with great seafood dining, beautiful beaches, as well as fishing and marine attractions.
Farther south is the string of Keys known as the Lower Keys that resemble the laid back Out Islands of the Bahamas. Here you will enjoy a wide variety of fishing along with beautiful back country beaches accessible only by boat and fantastic kayaking and paddle boarding through winding mangrove creeks leading out to the ocean and gulf.