Florida Keys

How many shades of blue? The Old Seven Mile Bridge

Old Seven Mile Bridge closed until 2021; Pigeon Key still open

The Old Seven Mile Bridge will be closed for repairs from July 5, 2016 into 2017. The historic island in the middle — Pigeon Key — will be open for visitors, who are ferried to the island by boat.

Tamara Scharf on the Bahia Honda Bridge with the Old Bahia Honda Bridge in background. Photo courtesy Tamara Scharf.

Walking from Key Largo to Key West:  Six days solo on the Overseas Highway

Sure, the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys is a scenic drive. But wouldn’t it be beautiful to take it really slowly and see everything? That’s what Tamara Scharf did. She walked from Key Largo to Key West, alone and in six days. Here’s her story, with tips on how you can walk the best sections she experienced.

The African Queen is the original vessel from director John Huston's classic 1951 film by the same name. Photos by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

Key Largo: African Queen boat is for Bogart fans

They don’t make movies like “African Queen” any more — and they don’t make boats like the African Queen either. If your dream was to sit where Humphrey Bogart or Katherine Hepburn sat in the classic 1951 movie, then head to Key Largo. Here are the details you need to plan a visit.

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Higgs Beach: African memorial speaks to Key West’s cultural heart

Experts believe Higgs Beach in Key West is the site of the only African refugee cemetery in the United States.

The Historic Long Key Bridge on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.

Biking the Florida Keys: Overseas Heritage Trail has safe & scenic sections

Everyone wants to bike through the beautiful scenery in the Florida Keys, but the Overseas Heritage Trail isn’t entirely complete or entirely safe. We found four terrific segments, however, that give you a fun day’s ride and a sampling of all the Keys has to offer.

Nick Ziegler takes flight off Curry Hammock.

Curry Hammock State Park has grown up, and just in time

Curry Hammock is off the well-traveled Overseas Highway, hidden on a small island in the Florida Keys NEAR Marathon. But if you stop and smell the sea breeze, you’ll find excellent camping, kayaking, kiting and a swimming beach safe for the kids.

Oceanside camping at Bahia Honda is highly sought after. This is campsite #64, limited to tents and popup trailers. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Best tent camping in the Florida Keys

While there is no shortage of campgrounds for RV’s in the Keys, it’s another story for tents. We pick the best campgrounds for tents.

An out-of-the-way tiki bar:

Three Florida Keys restaurants that are hard to find but worth it

Three of my favorite stops in the Keys are a little hard to find, and that’s part of their charm. They’re off the Overseas Highway in neighborhoods — and they’re worth discovering.

Destination Key Largo: Pennekamp State Park

Destination Key Largo: Pennekamp State Park

Snorkel, dive or ride a glass-bottom boat to view the magical coral reefs at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Guide to camping, kayaking, lodging, food and things to do on Key Largo.

Best places to go and things to do on a Florida Keys vacation

Best places to go and things to do on a Florida Keys vacation

For a series of small islands, the Florida Keys pack in a lot. Here’s a vacation-planning resource, a list of Florida Rambler articles highlighting special places to discover and experiences not to be missed in the Keys.