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Key Largo is the first, the largest and the most visited island of the fabulous Florida Keys. Known as the “Dive Capital of the World,” the waters off Key Largo offer some of the best snorkeling in the world. Key Largo is home to the world's largest artificial reef, the 510-foot USS Spiegel Grove, and also the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the world famous Christ of the Abyss underwater statue. It is also just a short distance by boat or car to Everglades National Park. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the first underwater park in the United States and the site of the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. Situated in the upper Florida Keys archipelago, Key Largo is 33 miles long and the northernmost of the Keys. It is connected to mainland Florida by two routes – U.S. Route 1 (the Overseas Highway) crosses Jawfish Creek from the middle of the island and the Card Sound Bridge connects the northern part of the island across Biscayne Bay to the mainland. Both routes lead to Florida City. Key Largo has a colorful history of pirates and sunken treasure and it remained largely undeveloped until the middle of the twentieth century. The island became famous in 1948 with the release of the Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall film, “Key Largo.”

Today Key Largo is a tropical island paradise where you can take a glass-bottom boat ride over part of the reef, go snorkeling among shipwrecks, go swimming with the dolphins or ride on a see-through raft. The waters surrounding Key Largo are teeming with game fish. Charter a boat to go after the big ones, or fish with a back country guide in the waters of Florida Bay or the Everglades. Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical site, with its unusual plants and wildlife, is one of the best places on the island for a bike ride and birdwatching. Sunset cruises, parasailing, hiking the nature trails or kayaking in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – the list of things to do is endless. The shops, bars, restaurants and accommodations on Key Largo are as varied as they are plentiful. Key Largo also has a variety of nightlife – live, local entertainment, karaoke, dining and dancing. Dine on fresh local seafood or Latin, Mexican or Asian food, steaks, burgers or fast food. There are also some fantastic family owned restaurants on the island, as well (be sure to sample the famous Florida Key Lime Pie.) For shoppers, Key Largo has everything from island clothing, unique jewelry, fresh fish and seafood shops, tropical items and other souvenirs. The island’s beauty has also attracted a large number of artists whose work is displayed in local galleries. With only a few exceptions, everything in the Keys tends to be casual - in dress, as well as food and service.

For first time tourists, the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce Florida Keys Visitor Center is located at mile marker 106 just as you enter Key Largo. They offer all kinds of information about all of the Keys, including brochures, maps and information on accommodations, attractions, diving and snorkeling, dining and nightlife, shopping, nature and ecology tours.


 

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