By enjoyFloridaBeaches.com January 10, 2017
Key Largo is the largest of the Florida Keys at 33 miles long, and known as the "Diving Capital of the World." This popular destination attracts beach and water lovers year-round and is a tropical haven for scuba divers, sport-fishing enthusiasts, and ecotourists, in addition to being a wedding and event destination.
To avoid confusion, the term “Key Largo” generally refers to the Florida key (island) bearing the name. But, also understand that the island of Key Largo is comprised of three census-designated places: North Key Largo, Key Largo, and Tavernier.
Though there are not as many sandy beaches in the Florida Keys as other beach destinations, Key Largo has awesome tropical beaches, if you know where to go.
There are several private beaches at resorts and hotels on Key Largo, offering numerous amenities and activities. The Hilton Key Largo Resort, Hampton Inn Key Largo, Dove Creek Lodge, and Sunset Cove Beach Resort have outstanding private beaches that are perfect for family activities and weddings.
There are also some very good public beaches, and the best of these may be Harry Harris Park in Tavernier. This family-friendly and pet-friendly park features covered pavilions, barbecues, picnic tables, a playground, a basketball court, baseball fields, restrooms with showers, boat ramps, a fishing jetty, and a bike path.
Other public beaches include Cannon Beach and Far Beach at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Key Largo, as the northernmost of the Florida Keys, is bustling with exciting attractions and hosts a variety of crafts, arts, and culture festivals.
Watersports are especially popular on Key Largo, where you can enjoy water skiing, riding wave runners, parasailing, scuba diving, and more.
Many other activities, along with numerous watersports, can be enjoyed at perhaps the most famous attraction on Key Largo, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Activities in the park include snorkeling tours, scuba diving tours, glass bottom boats, boat rentals, camping, swimming at Cannon Beach and Far Beach, picnicking, and eco-adventures while kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing.
And when you are ready to enjoy a day of shopping, Key Largo offers several shopping experiences. There are a variety of retail shops, galleries, bookstores, florists, pet shops, interior designers, and fish markets, in addition to grocery stores.
Key Largo has a selection of small eateries, family restaurants, and world-class cuisine to satisfy every taste.
For a down-to-earth meal of delicious, American style dishes, Hobo’s Café is a local favorite. And for a satisfying lighter meal, Lucy’s Gastropub provides a wide variety of baked goods and sandwiches and is one of the highest rated restaurants on Key Largo.
When you are ready to experience some of the best seafood in the Florida Keys, the Fish House and the Fish House Encore will not disappoint. These two restaurants share the same ownership and are on the same property. Both restaurants feature the same fresh seafood, but the Fish House Encore also features a selection of premium meats, exciting specials, and a sushi menu.
There is a wide selection of accommodations on Key Largo, ranging from resorts and hotels with a private beach, to modestly priced motels for the budget-conscious traveler.
For travelers seeking a more local experience, and perhaps staying for an extended period, vacation rentals are available and can be easily found online.
And for travelers wanting an outdoor experience, camping at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park can accommodate most campers and RVs.
Weddings and Events
Key Largo is a great destination for a tropical beach wedding or event. Hilton Key Largo Resort, Hawks Cay Resort, and Coconut Palm Inn are just three of the venues for a beach wedding or corporate event.
And for couples seeking to have their wedding on an exclusive, private beach property, the Key Largo Lighthouse Beach may be the perfect choice.