Welcome to Paradise! Century 21 All Professional has assembled this information to act as an entrée to new residents of the Florida Keys. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have about living in the Florida Keys.
The Florida Keys are located off the southern coast of Florida in Monroe County. The Keys itself is a coral cay archipelago of about 1700 islands; however, of these islands only a little more than 40 of them are inhabited. These islands stretch along the Florida Straits for more than a hundred miles and acts as a divider for the Atlantic Ocean to the East and the Gulf of Mexico to the West. The Islands offer some of the best fishing and diving in the world, and are major industries within the Florida Keys alongside tourism and ecotourism. The Keys are also home to the Great Florida Reef, the third largest barrier reef system in the world, and the only living coral reef within the continental United States.
The Florida Keys has a 'tropical savanna' climate; it's often referred to as America's Caribbean because of this. Most of the Keys are remnants of exposed portions of an ancient coral reef. The total land area in the Florida Keys is a little less than 140 square miles, and the population is a little over 73,000 people, according to the 2010 census. The climate allows for the thriving of many imported plants, and the Keys itself boasts several unique and exotic plant life and animal species not found anywhere else in the US.
The Florida Keys are connected to the rest of Florida and the United States by US 1, also known as the Overseas Highway within the Keys. The Overseas Highway traverses the entire length of the Keys, and gives travelers access to the largest coral reef chains in the United States. This coastal highway has a number of tropical and exciting views and sites not available anywhere else. Mile Markers (MM) are used as one of the main navigational tools in the Keys, both to locate addresses and determine distances. Mile Marker 1 is located at the Southern Tip of Key West, which acts as the county seat for the Florida Keys, while Mile Marker 127.5 is located at the junction of the Florida Turnpike and US 1.
The Florida Keys can be broken into four main areas: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, and Key West. There is quite a bit of variation between these four areas in relation to the culture and services available, but many things stay constant throughout the Florida Keys. We at Century 21 All Professional do our best to provide a list of resources offered by the Florida Keys and information pertaining both to individual islands and sections of the Keys as a whole.
Part of the Lower Keys, Big Coppitt is 1.5 square miles long and is just minutes from Key West and the Naval Air Station. Big Coppitt is accessible between Mile Markers 9.5-11 of the Overseas Highway.
Big Pine Key is an island accessible between Mile Markers 29.5-33. Big Pine Key is home to the National Key Dear Refuge, and most of the island is a nationally protected wildlife habitat.
Coco Plum is part of the Marathon area of the Florida Keys, and offers beautiful sandy beaches. It is accessible from Mile Marker 54 of the Overseas Highway and is the location of the Bonefish Tower.
Conch Key is an island located between Mile Markers 62-63. The small fishing village promotes a quiet way of life, but offers a close connection to Marathon via Little Conch Key at Mile Marker 62.2.
Located off of Mile Markers 20.5-23, Cudjoe Key is home to the Cudjoe Key Air Force Station and the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Cudjoe Key has both an abundance of quiet, natural areas and a closeness to Key West.
Duck Key is located around Mile Marker 61. Barely a square mile, Duck Key serves as an island community and boasts the Hawks Cay Resort and Village, as well as the Duck Key Marina.
East Rockland Key is at Mile Markers 8-9.5. It is a quiet island, but close by to many amenities night-life that the Keys is known for, such as the famous Duval Street of Key West.
One of the northernmost islands of Marathon, Grassy Key is located between Mile Markers 57-60 and has many resorts and private residences. It also houses the Dolphin Research Center at Mile Marker 59.
Islamorada, the Village of Islands, consists of the islands of Lower and Upper Matecumbe Key, Windley Key, and Plantation Key and is hailed as the “Sport Fishing Capital of the World.”
Key Colony Beach is an incorporated city found South of Marathon at Mile Marker 53.5. It is also known as 'The Gem of the Florida Keys' due to featuring some of the most outstanding properties in all of the Florida Keys.
Key Haven is a suburb of greater Key West located about one mile from the island. Key Haven has numerous canals in its neighborhoods, and connects to the Overseas Highway by Key Haven Road near Mile Marker 5.
Key Largo is the largest section of the Florida Keys. It is widely known as the Diving Capital of the World and is home to many aquatic wonders. It is accessible along Mile Markers 91-107 from the Overseas Highway.
At the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys lies Key West. Key West is home to many shops, restaurants, and attractions. Key West houses the famous Duval Street and is only 90 miles away from the island of Cuba.
Long Key is part of the Middle Florida Keys, located between Mile Markers 66.5-71. It is known for the 965-acre Long Key State Park, a favorite area for many due to its quiet and pristine nature.
Lower Matecumbe Key is located between Mile Markers 75-78 and part of Islamorada. It is home to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base and Anne's Beach, a local attraction available on the island.
Found between Mile Markers 47-59.9, Marathon is known as the “Heart of the Keys.” Marathon is a location of historical wonder with places such as the Seven-Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key.
No Name Key is a small island with a very small population. No Name Key is connected to Big Pine Key via a concrete bridge putting Bahia Honda State Park, marinas, shops, and restaurants within easy reach.
Between Mile Markers 85.5-91, Plantation Key is part of the Upper Florida Keys and the Islamorada cluster of islands. The island is home to several prehistoric Indian Mounds and Sites.
Ramrod Key is an island in the Lower Florida Keys reachable from the Overseas Highway at Mile Markers 26—27.5. It is a popular tourist site because of its short distance to Looe Key.
The Saddlebunch Keys are a series of mangrove islands accessible from Mile Markers 11.5-15 on the Overseas Highway. This area is one of the best places in the keys to kayak, canoe, and paddleboard.
Part of the Lower Florida Keys, Shark Key is accessible from the Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 11.5 and is between the Saddlebunch Keys and Big Coppitt Key.
Stock Island is part of the Lower Florida Keys and is accessible from Mile Markers 4-6. The southern side is home to many marinas, and the Key West Golf Club and Residential Complex can be found on Stock Island.
Sugarloaf Key is part of the Lower Keys. It contains two distinct island communities; Upper Sugarloaf Key, accessible from Mile Markers 19-20.5, and Lower Sugarloaf Key, accessible from Mile Markers 16.5-17.5
Part of the Lower Keys, Summerland Key is accessible through Mile Markers 24-25.5. Summerland is home to the Brinton Environmental Center of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.
The majority of Torch Key residents live on Little Torch Key. Middle Torch Key and Torch Keys has a few residents, but mostly consists of wetlands. There is an abundance of waterfront and canal front homes.
Upper Matecumbe Key is part of the Upper Keys at Mile Markers 79-83.5. Upper Matecumbe Key is part of the Village of Islamorada; the island is the location of the original settlement site of Islamorada.
Part of the Upper Florida Keys, Windley Key can be reached from Mile Markers 84-85.5 on the Overseas Highway and is fully within the Village of Islamorada. This island is home to the popular Theater of the Sea.