Nine months after Hurricane Irma, we headed to the Florida Keys to see how both the infrastructure and the natural areas are healing. Here’s an overview of what we found, from Key West to Key Largo.
On the Florida Bay side of Tavernier, a paddling trip to Toilet Seat Cut will have you laughing your way down the channel, as contributor Tamara Scharf explains.
John takes a trip back in time with Florida Keys historian Brad Bertelli to discover the layers of history found on Indian Key, once the county seat of Dade County
Where to Stay in the Florida Keys
Resorts are the norm in the Florida Keys, and prices are steeper than on the mainland. Our favorite romantic getaways include the intimate Kona Kai in Key Largo and the beautiful Key Lime Inn on Key West, set in a tropical forest.
Budget travelers can still find retro motels along US 1 without much effort, and in Key West along South Street, including the famed Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel, one of Florida’s few hostels, with both bunkhouse and private rooms.
Campers pay more of a premium in the Keys than anyone else. Although Bahia Honda State Park offers spectacular waterfront tent sites, they book up a year ahead. RVs are not allowed to park on the streets of Key West, but you’ll find Boyds Campground on Stock Island a nearby place to call home. Two off-the-highway gems we found are the Geiger Key Marina on Geiger Key and Lazy Lakes RV Resort on Summerland Key.