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The insiders guide to Monroe County Florida

Monroe County is famous as the home of the Florida Keys. With the average high temperature of 77 degrees surrounded by clear blue water and coral reefs, the Keys has much to offer residents and seasonal visitors. 

Monroe County is home to some of the world’s best snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.  Some of the popular parks are John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park.  The Keys is host to many festivals, fishing tournaments, and many options for resorts, hotels, condo rentals, and home rentals.

Monroe County is not just the Keys, there is also mainland in Southwest Florida that is made up of the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.

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Monroe County Schools

The Florida Department of Education has given the Monroe County Public Schools an “A” district grade since 2006.  The Monroe County School district’s motto is “Student Success . . . Whatever it Takes!”  More then 8,300 students attend 20 public schools throughout Monroe County in the Florida Keys.

Dolphin Research Center - Grassy Key

The Dolphin Research Center is a a non-profit education facility based in the Florida Keys.  If you want to get close to a dolphin, swim with a dolphin, or just pet a dolphin the Dolphin Research Center is the place.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Center

If you’re a bird lover, stop by the Wild Bird Center in Tavernier on the bay side.  You’ll see a variety of species native to the Florida Keys as well as migrating birds. The center was set up in 1984 to help injured birds.  There is little funding from the government so this bird rehab depends on donations to keep it going. 

Long Key State Park

Long Key State Park is a true Florida environment. The natural and unspoiled landscape is a perfect place to see mangrove trees flourish and many species of birds including egrets, woodpeckers, and the white crowned pigeon. And the campground on the Atlantic Ocean is a unique camping experience.

Camping in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys is one of the rare places where you can camp right on the beach. From tents and cabins with AC to RV sites there is a place for you to enjoy camping in the Florida Keys.

Baby’s Coffee

If you love drinking quality coffee, you need to stop by Baby’s Coffee at Mile Marker 15 in Key West.  The specialty coffee shop has an assortment of Key West and specialty roasts, Hawaiin roasts, and decaf. 

Cruise Ship Excursions to Key West

Key West is a major cruise ship destination. As you step off the boat into the Historic Key West Port you are right in the middle of museums, great restaurants and bars and attractions like the Key West Aquarium and the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum.

Curry Hammock State Park

Curry Hammock State Park is located on Grassy Key (the middle keys) about 1 mile north of the City of Marathon.  It’s a great state park for camping, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking and has a white sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

Dry Tortugas

Seventy miles off of Key West the Dry Tortugas is the site of Fort Jefferson built with 16 million bricks in the 1840’s and surrounded by breathtaking coral reefs just off the beach.

You can get to the Dry Tortugas on a 2 hour cruise aboard the Yankee Freedoom II.

Fishermens Hospital

A community based hospital in the Middle Keys, Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon calls itself “The Hospital of Choice for the Florida Keys.” 

The Keys is a small community where everyone knows everyone and that’s exactly who Fishermen’s Hospital serves - neighbors, children, and friends.

Founders Park

A huge public park in the center of Islamorada, Founders Park has a marina, boat ramps, beach, baseball fields, olympic pool, and a skate park. On the Bayside in Islamorada Founders Park is famous for sunsets and even has a dog park.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

On Key Largo in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 102.5, you’ll find the award winning John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Home to the only living coral reef in the United States, the reef begins in Miami and stretches 221 miles down the Keys to the Dry Tortugas near Key West.

It is the third largest living coral reef in the world.  You can enjoy year round swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving at the John Pennekamp state park.

Key West Hotels and Resorts

Key West has the biggest selection of hotels, resorts, and unique accommodations in the keys. This quaint and eclectic historic town offers hotels for families, singles, ocean side, bay side, and hotels nestled in the heart of historic downtown within walking distance to shops and restaurants.

Marathon Marina - Boot Key Harbor

Boot Key Harbor City Marina in Marathon is located behind Boot Key and surrounded by water on three sides which protects it from bad weather. That makes it a perfect place to moor a boat and explore the keys.

Snorkeling Key West

Crystal clear water and coral reefs teeming with life are just a few miles off the shores of Key West. See parrotfish, tangs, bright coral, and a loggerhead turtle in just 10 feet of water.

With 80 feet or more of visibility and coral reef as far as the eye can snorkeling is a must during any visit to Key West.

Sunset Key

Stand in Mallory Square in Old Town Key West and look west across the water and you’ll see a beautiful pristine island called Sunset Key. This luxurious island has 27 acres with both private homes and a 37 cottage resort.