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Key West and the Keys, Florida Keys Scenic Highway - All-American Road, Florida



The Florida Keys are a coral cay archipelago in southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. Our trip started in Key Largo, with a stop at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a Florida State Park located on Key Largo in Florida, and includes approximately 70 nautical square miles of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. It was the first underwater park in the United States. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972. The park offers snorkeling and glass bottom tours of Molasses Reef daily. We checked into the Hampton Inn at Key Largo and went for dinner at Sundowners, an excellent place to watch the sunset and end the day.

Day 2 drive started with a drive to Islamorada, a key 45 minutes from Key Largo, to find a local breakfast hangout called Bob's Bunz. Their grilled cheese sandwich, the simplest of dishes tasted good even after a few hours. We then drove to Bahia Honda State park in the Bahia Honda key, one of the most scenic parks in the keys. Calusa and Sandspur are balmy beaches if you prefer to soak in the sun, or there are numerous trails including the trail to the incomplete Bahia Honda Rail bridge, originally built by Henry Flagler as part of the Overseas Railroad, completed in 1912 but was later destroyed by the 1935 hurricane and never repaired after. 20 minutes from the Bahia Honda State park is the National Key Deer Refuge located on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida. The refuge is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the White-tailed deer that is endemic to the Florida Keys and has a current population of around 800 animals. We saw 4. We drove into Key West, checked into the Inn at Key West, and end the day with dinner at Cafe Sole, an expensive but tasty food, french restaurant.

Day 3 was a trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West, and one of the remotest National Parks in the US. We took the Yankee Freedom ferry, one of only 2 ways to get to the park. Back in the Key West in the evening, we got a chance to experience the night life in vibrant Key West. Mallory Square is where life converges after sunset and so did we.

Day 4 started with breakfast at Croissants de France, oh the French and their croissants, and crepes!, and then a hop on, hop off tour of Key West. Sights included the Southernmost Point in continental U.S.A., Mile Marker 0 on US Route 1, the Hemingway home, where Nobel winner Ernest Hemingway spent 9 years married to Pauline and writing many of his books, the USCGC Ingham, one of the most decorated warships, now a museum, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, one of the best we've seen, among many other sights. Lunch was grabbed from a Cuban sandwich shop, you must eat cuban food when in Key West, Cuba is closer than Miami, and then began a drive back to Miami. A stop over at Bahia Honda, to catch some more beach time, and eat our packed lunch and then made the slow, traffic-jammed drive back to Miami on a Sunday evening.
Key West is only 3 hours from Miami and though usually a spring break or Halloween fantasy fest destination, is also perfect for a summer getaway.

U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Mangroves, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Egret, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Egret, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Cannon, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Cannon, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Fishing boat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Fishing boat, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Atlantic Ocean, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Atlantic Ocean, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Atlantic Ocean, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Atlantic Ocean, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Florida Keys
Tern, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tern, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Tarpon, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sea Gulls, sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sea Gulls, sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sea Gulls, sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sea Gulls, sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach and Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach and Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa Beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Sandspur beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Sandspur beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Sandspur beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Sandspur beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Calusa beach, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Trinity's Key, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Trinity's Key, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bahia Honda Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bird ready for action, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Bird ready for action, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Tree Colony, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
Tree Colony, Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Lizard, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Lizard, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Turtle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Fish, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Fish, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Iguana, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Iguana, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Eagle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Eagle, National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key, Florida Keys
Palm Tree, Florida Keys
Palm Tree, Florida Keys
Cottrell Key, Florida Keys
Cottrell Key, Florida Keys
Florida Keys
Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Key West, Florida Keys
Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida Keys
Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida Keys
Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida Keys
Higgs Beach, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Sunset, Sunset Key, Key West, Florida Keys
Southernmost Point,  Key West, Florida Keys
Southernmost Point, Key West, Florida Keys
End of the Road, Mile Marker 0, U.S. Route 1,  Key West, Florida Keys
End of the Road, Mile Marker 0, U.S. Route 1, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Fire juggler, Street Performer, Key West, Florida Keys
Mallory Square, Fire juggler, Street Performer, Key West, Florida Keys
USCGC Ingham, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West
USCGC Ingham, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West
Hemingway Home cats, Key West
Hemingway Home cats, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Polydactyl cat, Hemingway Home, Key West
Hemingway Home, Key West
Hemingway Home, Key West
Window, Hemingway Home, Key West
Window, Hemingway Home, Key West
Study, Hemingway Home, Key West
Study, Hemingway Home, Key West
Pool, Hemingway Home, Key West
Pool, Hemingway Home, Key West
Urinal from Sloppy Joes, Hemingway Home, Key West
Urinal from Sloppy Joes, Hemingway Home, Key West
Key West lighthouse
Key West lighthouse
Turn of the Century, Seward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Turn of the Century, Seward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Time for Fun, Seward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Time for Fun, Seward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Holding out, Seaward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Holding out, Seaward Johnson, Sculpture, Key West
Henry Flagler, Key West Bight Ferry Terminal
Henry Flagler, Key West Bight Ferry Terminal
Henry C Booty Singleton Sr, Sea Food Pioneer and Visionary, Key West
Henry C "Booty" Singleton Sr, Sea Food Pioneer and Visionary, Key West
Conch Tour Train, Key West
Conch Tour Train, Key West
Tram, Key West
Tram, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Chicken, Key West
Strand theatre, Key West
Strand theatre, Key West
Capt. Tony's Saloon, original Sloppy Joe's, Ernest Hemingway bar, Key West
Capt. Tony's Saloon, original Sloppy Joe's, Ernest Hemingway bar, Key West
Sloppy Joe's bar, Key West
Sloppy Joe's bar, Key West
Green Parrot bar, Key West
Green Parrot bar, Key West
Church, Key West
Church, Key West
Casa Marina hotel, Key West
Casa Marina hotel, Key West
Key West building
Key West building
Better than Sex - A desset restaurant, Key West
Better than Sex - A desset restaurant, Key West
Key West building
Key West building
Above ground cemetery, Key West
Above ground cemetery, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Window, Architecture, Key West
Window, Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Architecture, Key West
Key Lime Pie, Key West
Key Lime Pie, Key West
Crepe with key lime, strawberry and coconut, Key West
Crepe with key lime, strawberry and coconut, Key West
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys
U.S. Route 1, Florida Keys