Last updated on March 16th, 2020 at 04:22 pm
To help you navigate Key Largo when you visit, we prepared this Key Largo Visitors Guide. Many of the listings have been gleaned from our popular Florida Keys Overseas Highway Mile Marker Guide.
Feel free to click through this guide to find what you want.
Dive and Snorkel Trips
Almost everything in Key Largo revolves around diving and snorkeling the coral reefs in Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and there are dozens of outfits that will take you out to enjoy the experience. Here are a few:
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (MM 103, oceanside) Snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom tour boat, beaches, boat ramps, campground, hiking and kayak trails.
Rainbow Reef Dive Center, (MM 101) 5 stars on TripAdvisor
Key Largo Dive Center. (MM 105) Dive excursions and scuba charters.
Sea Dwellers Dive Center, (MM 100) 105 Laguna Ave.
Divers Direct (MM 100). Mega-store for divers, snorkelers and other water sports.
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The islands on the bay side of Key Largo offer a range of paddling experiences in shallow waters that extend to Key Largo from Everglades National Park, and some near-shore kayak trails on the ocean side offer a taste of what can be found in deeper waters.
Sunshine Watersports Key Largo (MM 108.5) Gilbert’s Resort. Kayaks, Paddleboards, jet skis and tours. 305-440-9954.
Florida Bay Outfitters. (MM 104.5) Small fee to launch your own kayak. Or rent kayaks and paddleboards with advice on kayak routes whether you rent or not.
Out There Kayak Expeditions (MM 102). Kayak tours, fishing, snorkel trips, paddleboards. 305-394-1158
Aquaholic Adventures (MM 100) Kayak tours, kayak and paddleboard rentals, lessons. 305-330-9874
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (MM 103, oceanside) Kayak launch, trails, rentals, tours. 305-451-6322
Tropic Watersports Left on Lime Street, then right to 139 Seaside Ave. Clear, see-through kayaks, jet ski rentals. 305-709-9898
Sunset Park Boat Ramp, 20 Sunset Road.
Harris Park Boat Ramp (MM 92.6) Follow the signs.
Bottle Key Launch. (MM 92) Public boat launch, bayside. Turn right onto Jo-Jean Way.
Read more: 11 great kayak outings in the Florida Keys
Parks and Beaches
Beaches that offer swimming on Key Largo are few and far between, although many resort hotels have built man-made beaches for their guests. Here are a few public parks and beaches you can enjoy without spending big bucks,
Rowell’s Waterfront Park. (MM 104.5) Former marina now an 8-acre, dog-friendly park on Florida Bay. Swim and snorkel from the seawall, which has ladders.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, (MM 102.8 oceanside) Snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom tour boat, beaches, boat ramps, campground, hiking and kayak trails.
Need a free place to stop for picnic? Behind the Key Largo government center (MM 102 bayside) there’s a waterfront park with covered picnic tables. Moored boats come and go via dinghy or kayak.
Friendship Park (MM 101.3) Oceanside. The was the center of the 1880s community of Newport.
Harry Harris Beach and Park (MM 92.6, oceanside). Pet-friendly park with nicely groomed beach, picnic tables, picnic shelters, boat ramp and a playground. Free admission weekdays. Monroe County residents free anytime. Non-residents: $5/person on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. $30 to launch a boat. Incidentally, the early community of “Planter” was here.
Read more: Our favorite beaches in the Florida Keys
Points of Interest
Most of Key Largo’s points of interest are underwater, accessible by boat or on sponsored tours by dive shops. Here are a few land-based points of interest.
MM 106.5 — Turn left for Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park
MM 105.6 — Railroad depot and Key Largo town center from 1910 to 1940. The depot was in the highway median. The community was bayside.
Caribbean Club in Key Largo. (MM 104 Bayside) Its exterior was used in the classic Humphrey Bogart film “Key Largo,” which inspired the community to change its name. This dive bar is plastered with movie memorabilia. More about tracking Humphrey Bogart in Key Largo.
MM 103.5 — The 1920s Key Largo Rock Castle, end of Oceana Drive, ocean side.
MM 103.4 — Marvin Adams Waterway Bridge (The Cut), a canal that connects Atlantic to Florida Bay
Jules Undersea Lodge, (MM 103) 51 Shoreland Drive, next to the Marine Lab. Undersea lodging.
The African Queen, (MM 99.7) 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.
MM 98.0 — Landings of Largo, Bayside; Moose Lodge, Oceanside; Everglades Park Ranger
MM 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.
MM 95.2 — Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary building.
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, (MM 93.6) Bayside. Boardwalk through a mangrove forest at volunteer-run wildlife-rehab facility with an informal backyard feel. The center is free, though you may want to make a donation. Open sunrise to sunset. Great stop for kids.
Restaurants and Bars
Key Largo hosts a number of legendary eateries, many on waterfronts with outdoor dining and tiki bars, and there are a few land-locked that may be worthy of your attention. Sunset dining is certainly a popular pastime, but sometimes you want to just grab a bite. We list both.
Alabama Jack’s (Card Sound Road). Just before the toll bridge crossing over to Key Largo on Card Sound Road.
Read more: Alabama Jack’s: Classic start to a Keys trip
Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Bayside. (MM 104) Sports bar, tiki bar, restaurant. Owned by the former football coach and Fox NFL commentator, who lives down the road in Tavernier.
Num Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar. (MM 103.2)
Lazy Lobster — (MM 102.8) Popular Keys restaurant directly across from the entrance to John Pennekamp State Park.
The Fish House and Fish House Encore Restaurants. (MM 102.4) So popular, they had to open a second restaurant. Fresh seafood. A little pricey but not shocking.
Hobo’s Cafe. (MM 101.7) Long one of Bob’s favorites. Good food at moderate prices. Oceanside.
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Tower of Pizza Key Largo. (MM 100.6)
Key Largo Chocolates. (MM 100.5) Key Lime Pie on a stick! Home-made chocolate treats.
Key Largo Conch House. (MM 100.2)
MM 100 — East at Laguna Avenue
Sharkey’s Pub and Galley, Laguna Ave. to 522 Caribbean Drive. Multi-level outdoor decks overlooking a busy canal. Worth finding.
MM 99.4 — Key Largo Traffic Light — Port Largo
Go east at the traffic light where U.S. 1 splits to southbound and northbound lanes, an immediate right onto Homestead, then left on Ocean Bay Drive
American Legion Post 333, 2 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo. Large, shady outdoor seating with entertainment. Drinks and food. Open to the public.
Pilot House Marina and Restaurant, 13 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo. Unique glass bottom bar over water. Across the boat basin from Key Largo Fisheries.
Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe,1313 Ocean Bay Drive. Old Florida wholesale and retail fish market with a new cafe out back overlooking the docks.
After the traffic light…
Snook’s Bayside Restaurant and Grand Tiki Bar (MM 99.9) Right just past the traffic light. 305-453-5004
Doc’s Diner (MM 100) Family owned diner.
Bayside Grille and Sunset Bar, 305-451-3380
DiGiorgio’s Cafe Largo (MM100) Family-run trattoria. Open 4:30 p.m. 305-451-4885
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (MM 99.3) Classic Keys roadside eatery open for breakfast and lunch only. Check out their fish and grits!
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Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen II. (MM 99) An extension of the iconic original in the median. Open for lunch and dinner only.
Ballyhoo’s Historic Seafood Grill. (MM 97.8) Dine in a historic conch house built in the 1930s.
Harriette’s Diner. (MM 95.8) Popular eatery for locals. Home cookin’.
Snapper’s Restaurant (MM 94.5) 139 Seaside Avenue. Popular waterfront restaurant with dockage.
Places to Stay
Everything from cabins and mom-and-pop motels to luxury resorts are available on Key Largo for the snorkeling hordes. All links go to descriptions of the properties. Some links go to Hotels.com, where you’ll get a description and can reserve a room directly.
Gilbert’s Resort MM 107.9
Hampton Inn Key Largo Manatee Bay (MM 102.4)
Dolphin Point Villas – Key Largo MM 101.9.
Largo Resort (MM 101.7)
Marina Del Mar Resort and Marina – Key Largo. (MM 100.0)
Holiday Inn Key Largo. (MM 99.7) Book your excursion on the African Queen or the Key Largo Princess glass-bottom boat in the hotel’s gift shop. Check out the waterfall and tiki bar at the hotel swimming pool.
Bayside Inn Key Largo. (MM 99)
Sunset Cove Beach Resort. (MM 99)
Dream Bay Resort, 4 Woodward Way. (MM 99.2) Private gated resort and marina offering cottage and luxury house rentals with dockage. (305) 393-0634.
Kona Kai Resort, Gallery & Botanic Gardens. (MM 97.8)
Mariner’s Resort Villas and Marina. (MM 97.5) 1- 4 bedroom luxury villas, tennis courts, swimming pools, waterside restaurant & Tiki Bar. (305) 853-5000
Coconut Bay Resort Key Largo MM 97.7.
Drift Hotel, Key Largo. MM 95
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo MM 93. 500 Burton Drive.
Places to Camp
RV camping is popular in the Florida Keys, and a few of these campgrounds offer tent sites. The prices are a bit higher than you’ll find on the mainland, but hey!, you’re in the Florida Keys.
Read more: Best tent camping in the Florida Keys
Keys Palms RV Resort. (MM 104.2 Bayside)
King’s Kamp RV Park, (MM 103.5 Oceanside). Private campground with many waterfront sites. Packed in winter, but OK the rest of the year. Shaded tent sites along north fence.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, (MM 102.8 oceanside): Snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom tour boat, beaches, boat ramps, campground, hiking and kayak trails.
Key Largo Kampground and Marina, (MM 101.5) at the end of Sampson Road.
Calusa Campground and Marina, bayside at 325 Calusa St. (MM 101.5)
Blue Fin Rock Harbor Marina & RV Park. (MM 97.5)
Holiday RV and Marine, (MM 100) Full service repair, parts and sales. 10099 Overseas Highway. 305-451-4555
Winn Dixie Supermarket, 105300 Overseas Hwy., (MM 105.3) Bayside. Recently renovated and clean. We found the staff friendly and the store had a good product selection. Shopping plaza partially hidden by trees. 7 am-10 pm. (305) 451-0328
Betty’s Health Foods, 103200 Overseas Hwy. (MM 103.2 ) Open 10 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday; 10 am-2 pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday
Francis Fruit Stand, 102800 Overseas Hwy. (MM 102.8) Fresh fruits and vegetables. Open 7 am-7 pm daily.
Publix Supermarket in the Tradewinds Plaza shopping center, 101437 Overseas Hwy. Oceanside. (MM 101.4) Typical Publix product selection. Clean and friendly staff. Shopping center is partially hidden by a wall of trees. 6 am-10 pm. (305) 451-0808
Key Largo Fisheries,1313 Ocean Bay Drive. (MM 99.4) Old Florida wholesale and retail fish market with piles of fresh stone crabs and Florida lobster (in season), shrimp, snapper, mahi and more. Display cases offer conch salad, smoked fish dip, lobster chowder and bisque.
Convenience stores include Tom Thumb and Circle K.
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