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Museum in Islamorada

Florida Keys History of Diving Museum

You can’t miss the diving museum – it’s the building with the enormous mural of swimming manatees on the side – and we mean that in every sense of the phrase. In other words, don’t miss this museum, a collection of …
State Park in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Bahia Honda State Park

This park, with its long, white-sand (and seaweed-strewn) beach, named Sandspur Beach by locals, is the big attraction in these parts. As Keys beaches go, this one is probably the best natural stretch of sand in the…
Top Choice Square in Key West

Mallory Square

Take all those energies, subcultures and oddities of Keys life and focus them into one torchlit, family-friendly (but playfully edgy), sunset-enriched street party. The child of all these raucous forces is Mallory S…
Top Choice Bar in Key West

Green Parrot

The oldest bar on an island of bars, this rogues’ cantina opened in the late 19th century and hasn’t closed yet. The owner tells you the parachute on the ceiling is ‘weighed down with termite turds,’ while defunct b…
Gardens in Key West

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

Nancy, a local artist and fixture of the Keys community, invites you to bring lunch (but no cell phones!) into her oasis of lush palms, orchids and chatty rescued parrots and macaws. Although the place is called a s…
Top Choice Seafood in Marathon

Keys Fisheries

The lobster Reuben is the stuff of legend here. Sweet, chunky, creamy, so good it’ll make you leave unsightly drool all over the place mat. But you can’t go wrong with any of the excellent seafood here, all served w…
American in Key West

Blue Heaven

Proof that location is nearly everything, this is one of the quirkiest venues on an island of oddities. Customers (and a local chicken) flock to dine in the spacious courtyard where Hemingway once officiated boxing …
Museum in Key West

Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

There is art at the end of the road, and you’ll find the best at this museum, which is worth a look-see if only for its gorgeous home – the grand Customs House, long abandoned until its impressive renovation in the …
Top Choice Bar in Marathon

Hurricane

The staff is sassy and warm. The drinks will kick your ass out the door and have you back begging for more. The ambience: locals, tourists, mad fishermen, rednecks and the odd journalist saddling up for endless Jäge…
Top Choice Cafe in Islamorada

Midway Cafe

The lovely folks who run this cafe – stuffed with every variety of heart-warming art the coffee-shop trope can muster – roast their own beans, make baked goods that we would swim across the Gulf for, and are friendl…