Florida Keys: Mile Marker Guide to the scenic Overseas Highway

A Florida Keys road trip, mile by scenic mile

Old and New. The historic 7-Mile Bridge on the Overseas Highway. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys is the ultimate road trip: Spectacular views and things to do, places to go and places to hide.

There are hundreds of places to pull over to fish, kayak or enjoy a cocktail at sunset. Visit colorful coral reefs to snorkel or dive. Fresh seafood is a Florida Keys staple at roadside fish shacks or upscale eateries.

For many, the destination is Key West, but you’ll find the true character of the Florida Keys before you get there.

Our mile-marker guide will help you discover new things to see and do in the Florida Keys. It’s a great tool for planning your Florida Keys driving itinerary.

Card Sound Road

127.5 — Florida City – Gateway to the Keys at the end of Florida’s Turnpike. U.S. 1 strip is packed with fast-food joints and gas stations.

126.5 Card Sound Road (CR-905) is an alternative route to northern Key Largo, across the Card Sound Bridge. If you’re not in a hurry, traverse a wild area punctuated by Alabama Jack’s, a funky outdoor restaurant and tiki bar, a biker’s haven known for its conch fritters.

Once in north Key Largo, visit Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. Saved from development, this park preserves one of the largest tracts of West Indian tropical hardwood hammock in the United States, home to 84 protected species of plants and animals, including wild cotton, mahogany mistletoe and the American crocodile. Take a hike!

The Upper Keys on U.S. 1

112.5 — Monroe County Line

110.8 — KAYAK — Little Blackwater Sound Boat Ramp, bayside.

108.5 — Gilbert’s is your first “Keys” lodging and dining, located on Blackwater Sound on US 1 two miles before you reach Key Largo. Florida Rambler story about Gilbert’s.

108 — Jewfish Creek.

107.5 — Lake Surprise.

106.5Buzzard’s Roost, Oceanside. Outdoors and indoor dining on the water in the Garden Cove Marina. 

106.0 — Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

106.0 — Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, gulfside.  Easy-to-reach rest rooms, brochures, maps and discount coupons.

Sunset on Key Largo
Key Largo sunset

105.6— Railroad depot and Key Largo town center from 1910 to 1940. The depot was in the highway median. The community was bayside.

105.3 — Winn Dixie Supermarket.

104.5 — KAYAK— Florida Bay Outfitters. Small fee to launch. The friendly folks here will give you advice on kayak routes and/or rent you kayaks or paddleboards.

104.9 — Cactus Jack’s. 

104.5 — Rowell’s Waterfront Park.

104.1Tracking Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo.

104 — Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort. 

104Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Bayside. Sports bar, tiki bar, restaurant.

104 —  Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort.

103.9Senor Frijoles. Mexican restaurant on the Bay Side.

103.9Sundowners. Excellent restaurant with outdoor seating and a super view of Blackwater Sound, tucked in behind Senor Frijoles. Moderate prices.

103.5 — The 1920s Key Largo Rock Castle, End of Oceana Drive, Oceanside.

103.5 — RV. King’s Kamp RV Park, Oceanside. Private campground with many waterfront sites. Packed in winter, but OK the rest of the year. Shaded tent sites along north fence.

103.4 — Marvin Adams Waterway Bridge (The Cut), a canal that connects Atlantic to Florida Bay

102.8 — KAYAK & RV — John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park entrance, oceanside: A great place for snorkeling and kayaking. Lots of campsites with a gravel base, but hard to book in summer and winter. Read Hacks for booking a campsite in the Florida Keys

103.2 — Num Thai Sushi Bar Restaurant.

102.4The Fish House (and Fish House Encore) Restaurant. Popular pair of restaurants serving a variety of fresh Keys seafood. A little pricey but not shocking.

102 — Need a free place to stop for picnic? Behind the Key Largo government center (bayside) there’s a waterfront park with covered picnic tables. Moored boats come and go via dinghy or kayak.

101.7 — Hobo’s Cafe. Long one of Bob’s favorites stops. Good food at moderate prices.

101.7 — Largo Resort.

101.5RV — Key Largo Kampground and Marina, at the end of Sampson Road.

101.5 – – RV Calusa Campground

101.4 — Publix Supermarket, Tradewinds Plaza.

101.2 — Hibiscus Park, Oceanside. The was the center of the 1880s community of Newport.

100.6Tower of Pizza Key Largo.

100.5Key Largo Chocolates. Key Lime Pie on a stick! Home-made chocolate treats.

100.2 — Key Largo Conch House. 

100.0Divers Direct. Mega-store for divers, snorkelers and other water sports.

100.0 — Marina Del Mar Resort and Marina.

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The African Queen99. 7The African Queen, the 100-year-old steamboat from the 1951 Humphrey Bogart-Katherine Hepburn film, is moored next to the Holiday Inn Oceanside. You can take a 90-minute cruise or a two-hour dinner trip.

99.7 — Holiday Inn Key Largo.

99.6 — Turn on Laguna Drive for Skippers Dockside, included in our best tiki bar guide. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the African Queen steam by from the deck.

99.5Bayside Grille and Sunset Bar, bayside.  Nice little hideaway bar (downstairs) and restaurant (upstairs) behind Cafe Largo overlooking Florida Bay.

99.5Pilot House Marina and Restaurant, Oceanside, 13 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo. Unique glass bottom bar over water best seen at night.

99.4 — Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen. Roadside diner popular with travelers. Bay side.

99.0Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen II. An extension of the iconic original in the median between northbound and southbound lanes.

98.0 — Landings of Largo, Bayside; Moose Lodge, Oceanside; Everglades Park Ranger Station, Bayside. 1st Baptist Church, Oceanside; Shell World (center road); Rock Harbor Club, Bayside.

97.8 — Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Gardens.

97.8 — Ballyhoo’s Historic Seafood Grill. Dine in a historic conch house built in the 1930s. 

97.5 — RVBlue Fin Rock Harbor Marina & RV Park.

95 to 100 — The early community of Rock Harbor. A small railroad depot was also here. The name of the post office was Rock Harbor until the 1948 when Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall film Key Largo inspired residents to cash in on that success.  In 1952, the post office was renamed Key Largo.

97.0 — Playa Largo Resort

95.8 — Harriette’s Diner. Popular eatery for locals. Home cookin’.

95.2 — Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary building.

94.5 — Snapper’s Restaurant 139 Seaside Avenue. Popular waterfront restaurant with dockage.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center: Pelican

93.6Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, Bayside.  Wander along a boardwalk through a mangrove forest at this volunteer-run wildlife-rehab facility with an informal, backyard  feel. The center is free, though you may want to stuff some dollars into the donation box. It’s open from sunrise to sunset. You’re free to wander without anyone hassling you.  It’s a great place to bring kids; a stop will only take 15 or 20 minutes, unless you decide to linger. Read more. 

92.6Harry Harris Park oceanside. Small park with man-made beach, picnic tables, a picnic shelter and a playground.  Great stop for a picnic or swim. $5 admission for over 16 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.  Incidentally, the early community of “Planter” was here.

92.1 — Winn Dixie Supermarket, Tavernier Town Shopping Center.

92.0 — KAYAK — Bottle Key Launch. Public boat launch, bayside. Turn right onto Jo-Jean Way.


91.9 — Old Tavernier Post office; Old Settlers Park, oceanside; historic Tavernier Hotel, oceanside. This was the center of the early community of Tavernier.

91.5Mariner’s Hospital. Bayside.

91.0 — Tavernier Creek Bridge; enter Islamorada; Tavernier Creek Marina, Conch Republic Divers, Plantation Marina. Bayside

90.7 — Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures. Casa Mar Village Shopping Center. Hands-on diving experience.

90.6 — Creekside Inn.

90.1 — Plantation Key Colony community entrance, Bayside. Large Indian mound in the center of the subdivision.

89.0 — Jersey Boardwalk Pizza,

88.0Marker 88 Restaurant, bayside. Venerable eatery whose fans include former President George H.W. Bush (No. 41), who dined here frequently during his fishing trips to Islamorada.

88.0M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, oceanside. Burger raves, but what’s all this hullaballoo about beer milkshakes?

87.7Twisted Shrimp. Seafood cafe. Limited menu.

87.1 — Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Red Caboose

87.0 KAYAK  Founders Park. Public park has a beach, marina, boat ramps, baseball fields, skate park and kayak rentals.

Giant lobster at entrance to Rain Barrel Village in the Florida Keys
Giant lobster at entrance to Rain Barrel Village in the Florida Keys

86.7 Rain Barrel Artisan’s Village. It’s fun to browse the arts and crafts here. And everybody has to get their picture taken with the giant lobster out front. This anatomically correct Florida lobster is 30 feet high and 40 feet long. It was created by Marathon artist Richard Blaze three decades ago, and it has a name – Betsy.

85.5 — Snake Creek Bridge; Coast Guard Station, gulfside. Enter Windley Key.

85.3 — Hog Heaven Bar & Grill. A popular sports bar and seafood eatery before Holiday Isle. You can’t miss the sign. The restaurant is tucked in behind a building on the oceanside. A frequent stop for bikers and tourists.

Coral rock at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Florida Keys

85.3Windley Key State Fossil Reef Geological Site, gulfside. Windley Key is worth a stop. It’s an old quarry where fossilized coral was acquired for use in building Flagler’s Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Visitors can walk along 8-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation. There are also some short self-guided trails through the native vegetation. The park has picnic tables.

84.8 — Coconut Cove Beach Resort and Marina.

84.3 — This was the center of the community of Quarry that thrived during the construction of the railroad.

84.2 Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is the second oldest marine mammal attraction in the world. Its saltwater lagoon was originally a quarry for Flagler’s Overseas Railway. Offers live dolphin shows, exhibits, a private swimming area and various ways to interact with dolphin, sea lions or rays for additional charges.

84.2 — Pelican Cove Resort.

84.2 — Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina. Home of the popular Holiday Isle charter fishing fleet and the former Holiday Isle tiki bar. After a year of repairs, the marina reopens in October 2018.  In addition to fishing charters, transient slips with full hookups will be available.

84 — Whale Harbor Bridge spans a navigable waterway connecting the ocean to Florida Bay. Oceanside, a long sandbar emerges at low tide, a magnet for recreational boaters and swimmers. (If you’re in a boat, stay away from the protected ocean sea grasses near the inlet or face stiff fines.)

84 — KAYAK and KITEboarding. The bridge causeway is a popular launch for kayaks, paddleboards and kite-boarders.

83.5 —Wahoo’s Tiki Bar. Bar and restaurant with second-floor views of Whale Harbor. They’ll prepare your own catch after you bring it ashore from the nearby charter fleet.

83.5 — Whale Harbor Marina. Fishing charter fleet; jet ski and paddle board rentals.

83.5 — Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet. This popular restaurant has been rebuilt and once again serving its “World Famous Seafood Buffet,” and I’m glad to see it back. The huge selection of seafood dishes will make your head swim, and it’s very good. All you can eat for $34.95 (adults) and $17.95 for children. Click here for the menu.

83.5 — The Sandbar at Whale Harbor. On the rooftop of the Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet is this delightful open-air lounge overlooking Whale Harbor and the offshore sandbar where Keys boaters gather on weekends.

83.0Ziggie and Mad Dog’s. (Warning: Audio blasts when you click on the link.)

83.0 — History of Diving Museum. Museum collects, preserves, displays, and interprets artifacts, antiques, books, documents, photographs, and oral history relative to the History of Diving.

82.2 — Sunset Inn Motel.

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82.2. — Islamorada Beer Company, a craft brewery and tap room adjacent to Islamorada Distilling, which makes rums, gin and vodka, sure to become a popular Keys souvenir.

82.1 — Islander Resort

82.1 — Key Lantern Blue Fin Inn.

82.1Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, a two-story museum that tells the stories of people and events in the Keys. Open Thursday to Sunday. Good for people who want to learn more about the fascinating history of the Keys.

Florida Keys tiki bars: The sign for Lorelei in Islamorada

82 — Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar. Popular sunset destination. Bayside.

82 — Cheeca Lodge and Spa. Popular upscale lodging with private beach, newly renovated after Hurricane Irma.

81.8 — The Moorings. Luxury cabins on a beautiful, palm-dotted beach. Pricey, but well-regarded.

81.6Florida Keys Brewing Company. Local craft brewery with a lovely garden and décor created by making mosaics out of thousands of beer bottle caps. The beer’s good too!

81.6Morada Bay Beach Cafe. Bayside waterfront cafe and bar.

81.5 — Oceanside: Islamorada Library and park; Hurricane MemorialThe Hurricane Monument tells the story of the devastating 1935 hurricane.

This is also a good place to park and explore this historic community, which is developing into the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District. Galleries, restaurants and monthly art walks with live music. At the end of Beach Road is picturesque The Moorings Village, where the Netflix filmed scenes for “Bloodlines.” Beachside near the monument, on “the Old Road,” is Cheeca Lodge.

Here’s a Florida Rambler guide Things to do in Islamorada.

81.6Morada Way Arts District, 200 Morada Way, home of Florida Keys Brewing Company opened in 2015. Taproom decor is colorful Keysy with mosaics made from thousands of bottle caps from breweries worldwide.

81.5 — Bass Pro Shops’ Worldwide Sportsman is the temple of saltwater fishing, outdoors gear, boating accessories and clothing. Fishing charters in the marina. On display is an Old Keys wooden fishing vessel, the kind Ernest Hemingway once used.

81.5  Islamorada Fish Company, popular seafood market, restaurant and sunset tiki bar, now part of Worldwide Sportsman. The market has its own fishing fleet, offering fresh fish daily.

81.3Green Turtle Inn. Oceanside. Venerable eatery with a history dating to the 1940s. Popular port of call for “barstool sailors.”

Key Lime Pie Almost every restaurant in the Keys serves this signature desert, and all claim to have the best. When camping, we choose Key Lime Pie Company pies, which are available in the frozen food section at many small markets from Key Largo to Key West for about $16.

81.0Kon Tiki Resort

80.0 — Roadside park, Bayside

80.0 — Amara Cay Resort.

79.8Lazy Days Restaurant, oceanside, has excellent fresh fish and a spectacular ocean view.

79.8 —  Bud and Mary’s Marina, oceanside. Drift fishing party boats, deep-sea and back-country charters available.

79.1 — Tea Table Channel Bridge

78.5 — KAYAK. Indian Key Bridge. Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site, bayside in distance.  Lignumvitae Key Boat Ramp gulfside; Indian Key Archaeological Site, San Pedro Underwater State Park and Alligator Lighthouse, oceanside at a distance.

Indian Key is Bonnie’s favorite kayak or canoe destination: Where else do you see such memorable scenery while exploring a ghost town on a tropical island?  Here’s information on a paddle trip to Indian Key.

78.5 — San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park. Underwater archaeological preserve features a submerged shipwreck that is available for diving and snorkeling. About 1.25 nautical miles south of Indian Key.

77.9 — KAYAK  — Lignumvitae Bridge

Sign at Robbie's Marina

77.0 — KAYAK Feed the tarpon at Robbie’s Marina. Rent kayaks at the Kayak Shack or arrange tours to Lignumvitae Key or Indian Key. Fishing charters available.

75.0 — Sea Oats Beach. Not much beach left after Hurricane Irma, but turtle nests are booming.

74.5 — Kayak. Key Aquasports. Kayak and paddleboard rentals, eco tours, snorkeling. Bayside launch behind 3-story white building next to Lobster Walk seafood market.

73.5 — Habanos Restaurant at Caloosa Cove. Cuban-influenced menu, casual dining with ocean views and moderate prices. Locals eat here with good reason. We loved it.

73.5Caloosa Cove Resort and Marina.  TrueValue Hardware store in the main building. Waterfront tiki bar Safari Lounge at the resort, behind Habanos, featuring taxidermied animals. (Thus the nickname: The dead animal bar.)

73.6 — Boy Scouts Sea Base, bayside — Camp 3 for WW-I veterans. Many perished in the 1935 hurricane.

73.4 — Anne’s Beach, Oceanside. One of our favorite stops, destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Reconstruction of parking lots and boardwalks has begun; completion expected September 2019.

73.0 — Channel 2 Bridge. Offshore on the bay side are the remains  of eight concrete bridge pilings built by WW I veterans. There are several parking spaces so walk out on the old bridge, now a fishing bridge and biking/walking trail.


The Middle Keys

71.8 — Craig Key

71.0Channel 5 Bridge.  Considered by locals to provide the best bridge fishing in the Keys.

70.0 — RV — Fiesta Key KOA and Marina. Decent fallback to nearby Long Key SP, although more expensive. Boat launch and dockage, and nice waterfront cabins. RV, tent and swimming pool. General store.

long key state park campground
The campground at Long Key State Park was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.

67.5 KAYAK/RV Long Key State Park, Oceanside. Campground is closed, but the day-use area remains popular for picnics, kayaking and fishing.

66.5 — KAYAK  Long Key bayside. Decent pullover on the bay side, outside of Long Key State Park. Drop your kayak over the low wall. Leeward side of the island.

Zane Grey with his catch at the Long Key Fishing Camp
Zane Grey with his catch (1922)

65.8 — Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp occupied the southwest end of Long Key. In the early part of the 20th Century,this famed recreation outpost was visited by Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and adventurer Zane Grey, who spent 14 winter seasons here fishing and writing.

65.0Long Key Bridge, the second-longest bridge (3 miles) of Flagler’s railroad. The old bridge parallels the new one and has been resurfaced for bicyclists, hikers and fishers. Considered one of the best fishing bridges in the Keys.

62.2 — Walker’s Island (Little Conch Key)

61.2 — Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge

61.1Hawk’s Cay Resort,  Duck Key, luxury resort oceanside.

61.0 — Dive Duck Key. Not certified to dive? Try Snuba! Breathe underwater with an oxygen line to the surface.

60.6 — KAYAK  Tom’s Harbor Channel Bridge. Oceanside launch and pullover. Good fishing!

59.9 — Enter/leave City of Marathon

59.3 — RVJolly Roger Travel Park.

59Dolphin Research Center, Bayside on Grassy Key. The focus of this not-for-profit facility is on education.  Rather than choreographed shows, trainers hold informative sessions as visitors stand on the dock around open-water tanks. Many ways to interact with dolphins are available for an extra fee.

58.7 — RV — Grassy Key RV Park & Resort

58.0 — Rainbow Bend Resort and the Hideaway Cafe. Closed; undergoing storm repairs.

56 — KAYAK  Curry Hammock State Park offers swimming, a playground, picnic tables and some of the most sought-after camp sites in the Keys. Day visitors can launch kayaks from the beach and paddle coves, tunnels and trails. There’s a 1.5-mile nature trail for hiking, and you can bike along the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail. With the closing of Long Key State Park’s campground, this campground is booked solid. For more information, read: Hacks for booking a campsite in the Florida Keys

54 — Village of Key Colony Beach, Oceanside. Take Sadowski Causeway to the end and turn right on W. Ocean Drive for the Key Colony Inn, one of the best restaurants in the Keys. Prices are moderate and the seafood selection outstanding. Truly, a hidden gem off the beaten path. Also on the causeway, Sparky’s Landing with indoor and outdoor seating.

Marathon Note: Addresses in the city of Marathon track numbered cross streets, not Mile Markers. Where possible, we include both.

53.5 — KAYAK  Island Boat Ramp. Public boat ramp.

53.4 — The Island Fish Company Tiki Bar & Restaurant. Popular tiki bar and restaurant with sunset view. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good food.

53.1 — Vaca Cut Bridge, entering the business district of Marathon next 8 miles.

53.0Marathon Lady Fishing (73-foot party boat with two trips daily, $45-$55), 11711 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Oceanside.

53.0Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. 11710 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Bayside. Features a coral reef tank, shark tank, tarpon basin and a tide pool touch tank. Adults, $20; Children, $15.

52.0 — Marathon County Airport, bayside.

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51.0Brutus Seafood Market and Eatery. Highly recommended by locals for its fresh seafood. In Marathon, this is Bob’s go-to market for seafood. 6950 Overseas Highway, Marathon.

50.5 Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, gulfside. Kayak and paddleboard tours; tram tours.

50.5 — RVKey by the Sea RV Park (Member-owned with transient sites) 305 743-5164

50.0 — K-Mart, 5585 Overseas Highway @ Sombrero Beach Blvd., Marathon

50.0 — KAYAK  Sombrero Beach. There are few “real” beaches in the Keys, and this is one of them. Turn south at the Publix Shopping Center and follow Sombrero Beach Road to the end. Plenty of parking. Beach has been fully restored after Hurricane Irma.

50.0 — Publix Supermarket, 5407 Overseas Highway @ Sombrero Beach Blvd.

50.0Skipjack Resort and Marina, 19 Sombrero Blvd..

49.5Cracked Conch Cafe, 4999 Overseas Hwy, Ocean side.

49.4Hurricane Bar and Grill, 4650 Overseas Highway, Bay side.

49.0Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House, 3660 Overseas Highway.

49.0 Overseas Pub and Grill, 3574 Overseas Highway. One of Marathon’s oldest historic landmarks (1937). “Coldest beer in town.”

49.0 — The Stuffed Pig, 3520 Overseas Hwy, Marathon. Bob’s favorite breakfast destination in Marathon. Enjoy flaky, battered fish filets with your eggs.

48.7 — Fisherman’s Community Hospital, 3301 Overseas Highway, Marathon. 305-743-5533

Bubblebutt, first and longest permanent resident of the Turtle Hospital
Bubblebutt, first and longest permanent resident of the Turtle Hospital.

48.5 The Turtle HospitalLocated in a former motel bayside on the Overseas Highway, the Turtle Hospital supports its program of rescuing and rehabilitating about 100 injured sea turtles a year through the admission price paid by visitors.

48.3 Faro Blanco Resort and Lighthouse Grill. 1996 Overseas Highway. Bayside.

48.0 — Turn-off to Chiki Tiki Bar and Grille at Burdines Waterfront, one of the best casual restaurants and tiki bars in the Keys. To find it, go east on 15th Street, past an old trailer park and stacks of lobster traps, and arrive in a large working marina in a protected harbor. The Chiki Tiki is upstairs with an excellent view.

47.5 Porky’s Bayside BBQ and Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway, the place to be in the 1950’s when it was known at Bill Thompson’s Villas and Marina. Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Hoffa, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were regulars. Food is very good and reasonably priced.

47.3 — Sunset Grille and Raw BarOutdoor eatery at the foot of the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. Upstairs bar and patio has a fabulous sunset view, or you can dine downstairs on the open deck.

47.07 Mile Bridge. Famously, the longest bridge in the Keys. (Actually just 6.8 miles long.)

47.0Old 7-Mile Bridge/Pigeon Key. Bayside. This section of the 7-mile Bridge is closed as it’s being rebuilt.

44.8 Pigeon Key. Bayside. To reach the picturesque and historic island in the middle of the Old Seven Mile Bridge, you must arrive by boat on a tour. One of our favorite stops in the Keys.

43.9 — Moser Channel, highest point on 7-Mile Bridge. Sombrero Light can be seen oceanside

40.0 — West end of the Seven Mile Bridge


The Lower Keys

Read this article: Paradise Found: Things to Do in the Lower Keys

39.9 — KAYAK  Veterans Memorial Park. Public park (oceanside) is a good place to stop for a picnic or use the restroom.  There’s a beach where you can wade or swim and palm trees lean like they are waiting to be captured in a postcard. It’s also an easy kayak launch.

39.5 — Missouri-Little Duck Channel Bridge

39.0 — Ohio-Missouri Channel Bridge

38.8RV Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina.  Sunshine Key is back in business and reopened in 2018.

38.7 — Ohio- Bahia Honda Channel Bridge

Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.
Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park.

36.8 — KAYAK  Bahia Honda State Park entrance, oceanside. Award-winning beach with boat launch and marina. Main campground is open, but the tents-only Sandspur campground and beach remain closed (Feb. 2019) because of heavy damage from Hurricane Irma. Iconic views of the crumbling old railroad bridge. Campsites and cabins book well in advance, so plan ahead and watch for cancellations.

36.0 — Bahia Honda Bridge (4-lanes); View the old camelback bridge.

35.0 — KAYAK  Bahia Honda Bridge launch. At the west end (towards Key West), access to both ocean and bay.

34.5 — Scout Key, Girl Scout Camp, oceanside.

34.1 — Scout Key Camp Sawyer, Boy Scouts, oceanside.

34.0 — West Summerland Key

33.7 — KAYAK  Spanish Harbor Bridge Boat Ramp. (East end of bridge, Marathon side.) Paddle to No Name Key and a cluster of other islands off Big Pine.

SPEED WARNING: As you approach Big Pine Key, the speed limit is drops and is strictly enforced. Big Pine is home to the endangered Florida Key Deer, and no mercy is shown for speeders. It’s 45 mph in daylight, 35 mph at night, for 3.5 miles. Off the main highway, the speed limit is 30 mph.

33.8 — KAYAK — Boat ramp alongside highway.

33.0RVBig Pine Key Fishing Lodge. Very nice campground, some lining a canal with docks, others waterfront. Took a big hit from Hurricane Irma but is back and packed (Feb. 2019). You can still see remnants of hurricane damage, but the park is in full operation. Here’s a story from my last camp-over: Camp to fish on Big Pine Key.

33.0— KAYAK. Long Beach. Adjacent to Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, take Long Beach Road about a half-mile. Turn left onto dirt road to Long Beach. There are three launch points.  Or you can drive all the way to the end of Long Beach Road and hike out to the beach from the turnabout. 

31.0 — Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Old F.E.C. railway marker, oceanside

Key deer approaches bike, No Name Key, Florida Keys
Key Deer approaches bicyclist on No Name Key.

30.2Big Pine Key traffic light is the gateway to the island and the National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge. There’s a lot to see on this very wide island, all of it accessed from this stoplight, so think about a side trip.

For starters, it’s the only place in the world where you’ll find the endangered Key deer. (Here’s how we saw Key deer on a recent trip.)

One of the most colorful spots for a lunch, dinner or drink is the hard-to-find No Name Pub. Take Key Deer Blvd., then Watson Blvd., through a residential neighborhood.

KAYAK  On Watson Blvd. just past the No Name Pub, is the Old Wooden Bridge Cabins, charming, historic cabins that make a great base for kayaking. Kayak rentals and guided tours available.

KAYAK  No Name Key — Besides Old Wooden Bridge, there are two other launch sites, just across the bridge, or keep going to the end of the road for 1.8 miles to another public launch site.

30.2 — Big Pine Shopping Center is north of the traffic light on Key Deer Blvd., but don’t blink. It’s hidden behind dense vegatation, even after Hurricane Irma stripped the island’s trees and brush of leaves. Winn-Dixie Supermarket, novelty shops and restaurants, including one of our favorites, locally popular PizzaWorks. Also home to the Key Deer Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

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30.0 — Looe Key Reef Adventures and Strike Zone Charters

30.0Bucktooth Rooster, Bayside. New restaurant on Big Pine getting good reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp! Moderately priced.

29.3 — North Pine Channel Bridge

28.5 — Little Torch Key. Parmers Resort is highly rated on TripAdvisor and worth checking out. The resort is off U.S. 1 on Barry Avenue. (Turn right immediately after crossing the North Pine Channel Bridge.) Well-maintained cabins and motel rooms on the water.

28.5Kiki’s Sandbar Bar and Grille, 183 Barry Ave, Little Torch Key. Downstair open-air bar with entertainment. Upstairs dining. Overlooks the North Pine Channel with docks for boats.

28.0 — Torch Channel Bridge

 27.8 — KAYAK  Middle Torch Key Causeway. Go north off U.S. 1 for several miles to Big Torch Key sign. Turn left. Launch from second and third culverts along this road.

27.8 — Bike Trail — A natural area with a bike path that’s 15.5 miles round trip from U.S. 1 on Middle Torch Road.

27.7 — Torch-Ramrod Channel Bridge

27.6 — Ramrod Key, Named for a ship, the Ramrod, wrecked on a reef south of here in the early nineteenth century.

27.3Looe Key Reef Resort, Dive Center and Tiki Bar. Tiki bar is popular with locals. Dive boat, paddle boards, kayaks and boat rentals. Ramrod Key.

26.6 — South Pine Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside

27.5Boondocks Grille and Drafthouse. Hot spot with largest tiki bar in the Keys, featuring entertainment in season. Performers often add this venue to their Key West bookings.

26.0 — Niles Channel Bridge, middle.

          24.9 — KAYAK.  Summerland Key. Take Horace Street (bayside) to Northside Drive (2nd right) and turn left on Niles Road. Go to the end of Niles Road (about 1.5 miles). Launch is on the left where the road ends.

24.0 — Summerland Key Sea Base

23.5 — Kemp Channel Bridge,  east end of bridge, oceanside

22.5 — Square Grouper. You’d never know it from the warehouse look, but this is a classy joint serving gourmet dishes, named after a floating bail of marijuana.

22.3Fanci Seafood. Excellent seafood market on Cudjoe Key. Recommended by local fishermen for having fresh catch daily. Best homemade crab cakes I’ve ever tasted. The yellowtail filets and Key West pink shrimp were very fresh and competitively priced. (Not a restaurant.)

22.2 — KAYAK. Spoonbill Sound Hammocks. Launch on gulf side (Cudjoe Key). Check out nearby salt ponds for photo ops.

21.0KAYAK.   Cudjoe Gardens Marina, where you can rent kayaks, guided kayak tours.

21.0 — KAYAK. Follow Blimp Road all the way to the end on the Gulf side (north side of U.S. 1). There is a launch ramp for easy access to back-country islands, such as Tarpon Belly Key, once home to a shrimp farm.  (Blimp Road is named for “Fat Albert,” an Air Force surveillance blimp that was taken down in 2013.)

20.2 — Bow Channel Bridge to Sugarloaf Key.

20.0RV — Sugarloaf Key/Key West RV Resort, Campground is closed. Heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.

20.0Mangrove Mama’s. Roadside eatery. Cracked conch and conch chowder, along with healthy serving of Keys atmosphere.

19.8 — RVLazy Lakes RV Resort.

19.5 — Bike Trail. Paved bike path follows Crange Boulevard (Bayside) all the way to Florida Bay.

19.0 — KAYAK.  Sugarloaf Sound. Oceanside, near yellow traffic barrier, there’s a short path to the launch site.

18.6 — Upper Sugarloaf Key

18.8 — Park Channel Bridge

17.8 — North Harris Channel Bridge

17.7Sugarloaf Lodge and Tiki Bar — Laid back, circular open-air tiki bar overlooking a tranquil beach and bay.

17.6 — Harris Gap Channel Bridge

17.5 — Lower Sugarloaf Key

 17.0 – KAYAK.  Blinking light, Take Sugarloaf Blvd (oceanside) about two miles to stop sign, then another two miles to Sugarloaf Creek bridge. Park on west side of bridge.

There is also a launch ramp at the Sugarloaf Marina (Bayside), where you can rent kayaks and purchase accessories. Nominal fee to launch if you bring your own boats. Guided tours of Sugarloaf waterways offered.

17.0 — Bike Trail — Bike path is on Sugarloaf Road in a residential area. Round trip from Sugarloaf Lodge  is 15 miles.

17.0 — Bat Tower. Relic of the early 20th Century is a testament to early mosquito control, but it didn’t work. Blown over by Hurricane Irma.

16.0 — KAYAK.  Harris Channel Bridge. Good access off U.S. 1 to both bay and oceanside.

15.8 — Lower Sugarloaf Channel  Bridge

15.0Baby’s Coffee. Beans roasted fresh daily. Highly rated and a mandatory stop on your way home from Key West. Baby’s is also a good place to park and bicycle the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail to Key West and back.

Bayside gate goes to an old U.S. Army transmitter site. Now Radio Marti.  Bay Point Park.

14.6 — Saddlebunch #2 Bridge

14.5Bluewater Key RV Park.

 14.2 — KAYAK.  Saddlebunch #3 Bridge. Pullover on oceanside; launch under bridge.

13.1 — Saddlebunch #4 Bridge

12.8 — Saddlebunch #5 Bridge

11.4 — Shark Channel Bridge

11.0KAYAK. Shark Key Boat Ramp, oceanside.

10.5 — Seaside Park, Fire house; SR 941 AKA Old Boca Chica Road, Ocean, to Geiger Key.

10.4 — Porpoise Point entrance, gulfside

10.0Big Coppitt Key. Take Boca Chica Road south to the Geiger Key Marina, where you’ll find a popular tiki bar, fishing charters, a smokehouse and a small RV campground with dockside sites. Daily campsite rates are a bit dear ($100/night), but you are on the “back side” of Key West.

9.7 — Rockland Channel Bridge

9.2 — East Rockland Key

8.5 — Tourist welcome center

8.0 — NAS Boca Chica Overpass; Entrance to Key West Naval Air Station. Oceanside. Turnoff from both directions on US-1.

 6.1KAYAK.  Boca Chica Channel bridge. Launch on either end of the bridge. Ample parking.

5.3KAYAK.  Public Boat Ramp. Oceanside ramp between Boca Chica and Stock Island. Heavily used.


Hidden Key West

5.2 — Stock Island, named for herds of livestock formerly kept here.

5.2 — Lower Keys Medical Center, 5900 College Rd, Stock Island. Go north on College Road. Across from Florida Keys Community College.  (305) 294-5531

5.1 — RVBoyd’s Key West Campground. Turn south onto 3rd Street (Stock Island); go one block and turn east onto Maloney. Boyd’s is a decent, clean campground, and it’s scenic. There are 150 RV sites with full hookups, some oceanfront, and another 53 sites for tents. You can book your reservations online.

5.1 (Inland) — Hogfish Bar and Grill. A great place, if you can find it. On the docks near Boyd’s Campground, at 6810 Front Street, The Hogfish is one of the best open-air restaurants in the Keys. Their specialty — the world-famous “Killer” Hogfish Sandwich, tender white hogfish meat, smothered in onions, swiss cheese and mushrooms piled high on a Cuban hoagie. Yum.

4.8 (Cross Street) — RV Leo’s Campground. Cute little campground boasts the lowest prices in the Keys ($62-85 RV, May 2017). We had no trouble booking a site for our RV. Waterfront tent sites ($49). Very good Wi-Fi, bathhouse and laundry. Go south on Cross Street from U.S. 1, one block, turn left. (305) 296-5260

4.5 — Lower Keys Medical Center, 5900 College Rd, Stock Island. North on College Road. Across from Florida Keys Community College.  (305) 294-5531

4.5 — North on College Road for the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, a tranquil spot for plant lovers.  You’ll also find the Key West Golf Club, designed by Rees Jones and Florida Keys Community College.

4.6Hurricane Hole Restaurant and Marina, south side of U.S. 1, across from College Road.

4.1 — Cow Key Channel Bridge

3.9 — Key West traffic light. Four-lane splits at the light. Left to the Key West Airport and Higgs Beach, and right to Old Town and Key West proper.

2.3 — Salt Run Bridge, N. Roosevelt, Key West

1.9 — Publix Supermarket, Searstown Shopping Center, 3316 N Roosevelt Blvd,Key West.

1.7 — Publix Supermarket,  Key Plaza, Key West. (Yes, these Publix are that close to each other).

1.7 — Palm Ave; U.S.C.G. Group; Naval Air Station, Trumbo Point. There is a campground here for military families, the Sigsbee RV Park, but sites with hookups are hard to get. Still, there’s an overflow area where you can dry dock to wait for a site.

1.5 — Winn Dixie Supermarket, 2778 N Roosevelt Blvd.

1.5 — K-Mart, 2928 N Roosevelt Blvd

Aerial view of Smathers Beach in Key West, Fla. Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau

0.0 — Key West! You made it! Mile Marker “0” is the end of the road, but not the end of your adventure. It’s just the beginning.

KAYAK and KITEboard. Smather’s Beach. As you enter Key West, bear left towards Smather’s Beach. Just past MM 1, on your left, is the launch area along a palm-lined shore. My nephew Nick says it’s also popular for kite-boarding.

KAYAK. Simonton Street. At the west end of Simonton, between the Pier House and Hyatt, is a small city beach where you can launch. (Pay to park).

Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe, 200 Elizabeth Street. Everything Key Lime, even Key Lime Pie!

Key West Ghost Tours, 501 Front Street. Find “Robert”

Half Shell Raw Bar, 231 Margaret St. My favorite dive bar. At the docks.



From our travels in Key West, we’ve put together this guide of  free things to do in Key West, including a great free walking tour. The tourists flock to Duval Street, but the most enjoyable way to see Key West is on a bicycle. Be sure to stop by the Historic Key West Seaport and visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The Historic Key West Cemetery is full of fascinating stories and scenes.

Other favorite stops about which we’ve written:  Key West Butterfly Conservatory and the Audubon House.

Throughout your visit, you will see chickens everywhere, roaming the streets as if they owned them. Key West chickens: Noisy, colorful, just like Key West

Key West sunset at Mallory Square
Sunset celebration at Mallory Square

A Chicago foodie shared with Florida Rambler his favorite spots for authentic Key West flavor — from open air conch-fritter bars to the best happy hour in town. Print it out: Eight Key West restaurants for local flavor.

We also recommend the classy La Te Da, the highly rated (but overpriced) Louie’s Backyard and the rustic, reasonably priced Half Shell Raw Bar. 

After dinner, try a slice of Kermit’s Key Lime Pie at 200 Elizabeth Street.

There are dozens of B&B’s and unique lodgings through the city, including a few of my favorites: The elegant Heron House, Key Lime Inn. Key West Bed and Breakfast, and the historic Eden House. (For a bargain, book one of the four second-floor rooms that share two bathrooms.)

** Hotels.com: Find a room in Key West **

Required stops on the saloon tour — this is, after all, Key West — are Sloppy Joe’s, Captain Tony’s (the original Sloppy Joe’s), the Bull and Whistle, raucus honky tonk saloon Cowboy Bill’s, and ultra-funky Blue Heaven, a historic Bahamian Village watering hole where Ernest Hemingway officiated boxing matches in the 1930s.

One of the best ways to see Key West is to take a tour, especially if this is your first visit. The famous Conch Train Tour is probably the most well-known sightseeing tour. For a strange adventure, try the spooky Ghost and Gravestones Tour. 

Or circle Key West on a jet ski tour with Barefoot Bill.

And no visit to Key West is complete without a visit to landmark Mallory Square at sunset.

Just in case you think Key West is at the end of the world, you can keep going westward to get way away to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas. Plan ahead, and camp there.

Lagerheads Beach Bar on a small pocket beach at the west end of Simonton Street, next to the Pier House. Beer, burgers and outstanding ceviche served.


FloridaRambler.com’s guide to the best beaches in the Florida Keys

How did those places get those names? Look it up in this wonderful resource, the Florida Keys Gazettee, which explains the history behind the colorful names of Keys places.


Some of the the kayak launch ramps listed were gleaned from Bill Keogh’s Florida Keys Paddling Guide: From Key Largo to Key West. Bill is the proprietor Big Pine Kayak Adventures at the No Name Key bridge on Big Pine.

Many thanks to Judy Rowley and Paul Koisch of PizzaWorks in Big Pine and Judy’s son, charter captain Kevin Rowley, for taking us on a personal tour on and off the beaten paths of the Lower Keys and Key West.

The original mile-marker guide used as a base to build our guide was created by Jerry Wilkinson for the Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys at keyshistory.org.

Last but certainly not least, kudos to our family members who are often saddled with the clipboard, identifying listings, and to our friends and many readers who contributed to this report. Keep those tips coming! 🙂

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    Your write up on Leo’s on Stock Island states waterfront tent sites… Leo’s does not have any waterfront sites… it is in the middle of a city block and land locked.

    • Bob Rountree

      There is a canal (or drainage pond) that runs through Leo’s, and the tent sites are on that canal. It’s actually quite pleasant. Across the canal are woods with dense vegetation. I shot this photo myself, so there is no mistaking what I saw. The tent sites start on the other side of the dock. There were no tent campers when we were there, but the sites were staked out along the waterfront.

      Leo's Campground on Stock Island

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    WOW!!! Thank you so much for such awesome information! We have been researching a road trip through the keys and I have read so many articles…this is hands down the best and most comprehensive one I have read! LOVE that you included kayak spots as we just purchased some kayaks for the family! Really appreciate all of the info! 🙂

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    Thanks for your wonderful blog. I was able to plan around our Keys vacation with all your valuable input.

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    Planning a vacation can be stressful at times but I want to take a minute and give my sincere thanks to you guys for all these blog posts making this stressful planning much more enjoyable and less stressful!!! THANK YOU BONNIE GROSS, BOB ROUNTREE, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED!!!

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    Bluewater Key RV Resort at MM 14.5 is open for business!

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    Ginny Knowles

    Hi I just wanted to thank Bob and Bonnie for all this information. I appreciate everything you to are doing.I am new to traveling and need all the help I can get take care Ginny

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    Hi! How often is this updated? We are headed there in about 4 weeks and this list could be VERY helpful if its relatively updated. Thanks!

    • Bob Rountree

      We are updating the guide every few days as best we can, but it’s getting difficult. I would estimate that in 4 weeks (around Thanksgiving and thereafter), things should be almost back to normal with the exception of the Lower Keys and some oceanfront hotels in the Middle Keys, which got hit pretty hard. Key West is already back to normal, as are the Upper Keys (Key Largo, etc.) with scattered exceptions. The Overseas Highway itself is clear all the way through to Key West. We strongly advise you call your destination(s) ahead of your visit.

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    penelope mackenzie

    Key Largo Kampground at MM 101.5 oceanside at the end of Sampson Rd. is still cleaning up but open for RV sites and tent sites. 305-451-1431

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    Thank you Bob & Bonnie for putting this together! My family and I are annual visitors to the Keys and have been heartbroken for all of you down there. Stay strong Conchs! We will return for years to come and continue to send/bring others to the Keys to enjoy it’s beautiful water and gracious people.

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    Don’t forget Five Brothers 2 at mile marker 26 at Ramrod key for your delicious cafe con leche, breakfasts, take out cuban food and store. Tables were outback before Irma. Its an institution and relative of Five Brothers in key West

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    Thank you for your website! I bookmarked it about 2 yrs. ago and always have it handy when we return to the keys. Our favorite find has been Amara Cay Resort (the old Hampton Inn) at 80001 Overseas Hwy around mile marker 80. A luxury resort that makes you feel like home. We return every summer, sometimes twice. They offer some great specials as low as $149/nt. during the summer. Thanks to your tip on Happy Hour at Lazy Days, we walk to dinner almost nightly and nearby is the Bayside Gourmet Deli that serves 3 meals a day and delivers to hotels within close proximity. They also are budget friendly and conveniently located in the heart of Islamorada. Check them out!

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    Wow, what a complete list. I’m definitely bookmarking this post. I’m an independent fishing charter boat captain in Tavernier and clients always ask where are the best places to go in the Keys.

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    Just discovered the Florida Rambler and love it! Been to the Keys several times before but I see a lot of new things to check out on our upcoming trip — thanks for the info!

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    Awesome guide! We make a Key West trip almost annually, and with ALL the years we’ve been driving the Overseas Highway we always seem to run out of time to stop at all the little spots and spend most of our drive to our next destination with me staring longingly out the window saying, ” gee sometime i’d really like to stop there”… well this year we’re stopping!!! Thanks so much for this amazing mile by mile guide!!!

    Also I have to second RC’s statement El Siboney is hands down the best cuban food in Key West!

    Thanks again,
    Katie & DJ

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    Stacy Berisford

    I was sad to see that Kiki’s Sand Bar was not listed for Little Torch Key. It is a GREAT place with an amazing staff!

    • Bob Rountree

      Hi Stacy,

      We became aware of Kiki’s when we visited Big Pine Key and toured Parmer’s Resort, which is next door. Although we have never visited Kiki’s, it was recommended to us by friends who live on Big Pine. Based on their recommendations, I have added Kiki’s to our mile-marker guide. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! 🙂

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    You can’t forget florida keys aquarium encounters in Marathon

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    penelope mackenzie

    I recommend Key Largo campground for RV and tent sites- reservations needed Jan through March.
    Could you put out an updated form of this popular post? Comments here go back to 2012. Thanks!

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    Great guide! Another point of interest: Hurricane Bar on Marathon has a model of South Beach made out of Legos, it’s wonderful and the food is good, too 🙂 Thanks for this guide, it gives me new places to try when i visit again in February!

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    The best restaurant in Key West: el siboney. Prices good, portions big, taste great. RC

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    My wife and I have been to the Keys several times over the years, but it was always a typical tourist whirlwind stay in Key West itself. We’re now retired in the Tampa area, and have a motorhome that we use for longer trips with longer lazier stays in campgrounds around the country. We stayed on Fiesta Key last year for a couple of weeks and just arbitrarily drove here and there for some unique photography opportunitIes and interesting TIKI BARS and restaurants. It seems we accidentally hit several of the places you mention in this great guide. Now, we are going down in a few weeks, for a month this time, and we will be using your guide a lot. Thanks so much, ahead of time, for the information on things for us to explore.
    Don and Helen Bobbitt

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    What about Gilbert’s Resort in Key Largo? Didn’t see it listed.

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    This is the best guide I’ve seen for mile by mile stops for the Keys. 99.4, Mrs. Mac’s is a must stop on the drive down and then back up to the airport.

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    jennifer miller

    Great suggestions. Fyi; The Islamorada Chamber has moved to MM 87 (on Highway at Founders Park) just north of the giant lobster.

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    Looks like a great guide! Did this take a month to travel along and visit the stops? Look forward to hitting some of these! Thanks for the info

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      Just returned from a trip to the Keys and this guide was invaluable! I rented a Mustang convertible at the Miami airport and took my time heading south. First stop was Alabama Jack’s. The conch fritters are fantastic. They are served in big conch filled slabs versus the small hush puppy types. Well worth a stop. Highly recommend the Rum Bar in Key West on Duval. I stayed at the Southernmost which was great and stopped at Pelican Cove in Islamorada for two nights on the way down and nine nights on the way back. Great smaller secluded hotel with nice beach and pool. Very close to the Lorelei and not far from Habanos Cuban restaurant…both great. Also, the Sunrise Cafe is fantastic for Cuban coffee (I got a colada every morning) and food. About MM85 in Tavernier. Thanks for the memories!

    • Bob Rountree

      Hi Jill,
      This mile-marker guide is the result of dozens and dozens of visits to the Florida Keys over many years by travel writers Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, as well as their respective families and friends, some of whom live in the Keys. We love it when readers like you tell us about destinations we may have missed. The guide is constantly updated with new information.

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    dawn bricker

    Great Article. We have been traveling the keys since the late 90’s and you added more off the beaten track stuff to my agenda. Thanks!

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      Hey Bonnie…headed back down on 6/3. How up to date/current is your guide? Some guy on Trip Advisor said it was outdated. I wrote you before…I’m the guy from Madison. Thanks!

      • Bob Rountree

        Hi Eric,

        Our Keys Mile-Marker Guide is updated constantly and is current.

        Both Bonnie and I travel through the Keys frequently, and our readers and friends who live there are quick to alert us to changes.

        More often than not, we are adding new things.

        Rest assured, this guide is very current.

        Thanks for asking!

        — Bob Rountree

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          Thanks, Bob! I had no doubts and I’m glad we can share this with any doubting types about its value! Eric

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          Hey Bob…just got this from Trip Advisor…
          83.5 — Whale Harbor Restaurants and Marina. Three restaurants and an upstairs tiki bar overlook the marina and a fleet of charter fishing boats. Try Whale Harbor’s “World Famous Seafood Buffet.” It’s awesome.

          There could be a few other businesses that have closed on that list, that some keys locals could chime in on, however, it’s still a great guide as you travel through the keys. Feel free to give Mr. Rountree the heads up on Whale Harbor Restaurant!

          Supposedly, Whale Harbor is no longer.

        • Bob Rountree

          Eric, Thanks for the heads up about Whale Harbor! I just checked and updated the guide. They apparently had a fire and are rebuilding both the seafood buffet and the Brazilian restaurant next door. Wahoo’s Tiki Bar and the marina remain open for business. — Bob Rountree

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          Just eyeballing the middle Keys -I’ve mentioned it before – several out of place places. Such as the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce, hasn’t been in that spot for at least 10 years if not more. Moved a few miles N. Woodys, Green Turtle, The Island, Porky’s, 7 Mile Grill and Sunset Grill are all listed off of where they are. 7 Mile is a couple of miles away from the base. Great Greek place and they deserve their location correct. The main area of Whale Harbor has been gone for a good while.

          Bob…another guy from Trip Advisor just sent me this.

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    You recommended the Heron House in Key West as a good B&B. And a few years back it’s the only place we would go. Last Feb we spent 3 awful nights there. The place is not kept up, there were bugs everywhere(even ants on the bed), and the owners not very friendly. Please take another look at this place before you continue recommending it.

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    Hey Bonnie….just discovered your MM guide to the Keys as well as the side sites. You do wonderful work! I used to live in Key West in the 70’s and one of my all-time favorite vacations is to fly into Miami, rent a convertible and take 3-4 days to get to Key West. I live in Wisconsin now (Madison) and met my future wife (lived in Madison) in Key West down on Front St. at about 7:00am. She had just stubbed her toe, so I patched her up and took her out for a Bloody Mary….that was in March of ’82. I moved here in May of the same year. Still miss the Keys, but I’m doing my convertible gig again this spring! You NAILED all those suggested stops! You ever stop at Mangrove Mama’s at MM20? Used to be pretty cool…thanks again for a fantastic website! Eric

    • Bonnie Gross

      Eric, As a Wisconsin native (grew up in Milwaukee) I LOVE Madison. I appreciate your kind words. I haven’t stopped at Mangrove Mama’s, but I’ve certainly passed it and now I’ll makea point to visit. Thanks again!

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    My husband and I took a slow trip through the Keys and used your guide for many new stops. We enjoyed Windley Key Park, the Green Turtle Inn and kayaking in Big Pine Key among many others. We loved Burdines Chiki-Tiki!!After a few days in Marathon we headed to Key West and went to Geiger Marina and the Hogfish Grill. Thanks for such a thorough guide! We’ve made reservations for the Marathon Seafood Festival and plan on heading to Naples and Everglades City for stone crabs in late October. Thanks for all the info, I will continue to use your guides!

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    This is the best online guide to the Keys, hands down. I have been looking for something like this for weeks. Its very comprehensive and contains all the information I’ve been looking for. I especially love all the kayak launch points that have been included. Thank you so much for providing such a fantastic source of information in a very well-organized, well-researched manner. I have printed it out and it will be used time and time again!

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    Charlotte White

    The Holiday Isle is now called Post Card Inn.

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  33. Bonnie Gross

    Thanks, Lynn. When you go, share your experiences and tips!

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    This is so saved and printed already…put in the file for our next Florida adventure! (Hopefully a cross country adventure with our furthest destination being Key West.) Thanks for taking the time to share some great info!

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    Thanks for the tip. Going to be heading down there in December. Will definitely use this.

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    This is awesome and really comprehensive. I think it’s the tidbits and facts that make this truly valuable. Glad there’s a printer-friendly version.

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    Thanks for the road trip in my mind. Been through so many times, I know it by heart. It never gets old or boring!


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