Top things to do in Upper Keys

Top Choice 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 whale sharks on the side. The journey into the undersea covers 4000 years, with fascinating pieces like the 1797 Klingert's copper kett…
Top Choice Seafood in Islamorada

Lazy Days

One of Islamorada's culinary icons, Lazy Days has a stellar reputation for its fresh seafood plates. Start off with a conch chowder topped with a little sherry (provided), before moving on to a decadent hogfish Pose…
State Park in Key Largo & Tavernier

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp has the singular distinction of being the first underwater park in the USA. There’s 170 acres of dry parkland here and over 48,000 acres (75 sq miles) of wet: the vast majority of the protected area i…
Park in Upper Keys

Long Key State Recreation Area

The 965-acre Long Key State Recreation Area takes up much of Long Key. It’s about 30 minutes south of Islamorada, and comprises a tropical clump of gumbo-limbo, crabwood and poisonwood trees; a picnic area fronting …
State Park in Islamorada

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Site

To get his railroad built across the islands, Henry Flagler had to quarry out some sizable chunks of the Keys. The best evidence of those efforts can be found at this former quarry-turned-state park. Windley has lef…
Film Location in Key Largo & Tavernier

Caribbean Club Bar

Here’s one for the movie fans, particularly Bogie buffs: the lively Caribbean Club Bar is, in fact, the only place in Key Largo where Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, was filmed (the rest of th…
Wildlife Reserve in Key Largo & Tavernier

Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary

This 7-acre sanctuary serves as a protected refuge for a wide variety of injured birds. A boardwalk leads through various enclosures where you can learn a bit about some of the permanent residents – those unable to …
Mexican in Islamorada

Bad Boy Burrito

Tucked away in a tiny plaza among a gurgling fountain, orchids and swaying palms, Bad Boy Burrito whips up superb fish tacos and its namesake burritos – with quality ingredients (skirt steak, duck confit, zucchini a…
American in Islamorada

Bayside Gourmet

This stylish, modern, but very friendly deli and restaurant is a family-run affair and feels quite a step up from the average Keys seafood shack. The diverse menu serves up something for all palates, from pancakes a…
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 delectable baked goods and whip up tasty sandwiches, salads, wraps …