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Why Go To Key Largo

In Key Largo, relaxation is the name of the game. The closest of the Keys to mainland Florida, this laid-back haven is a swift departure from the party atmosphere of Key West. Here, vacationers seeking some rest and recuperation can spend their days picnicking on the beach, admiring resident manatees from the docks of their rental homes or taking a slow canal cruise on the African Queen. Outdoorsy types will be equally happy here, as the expansive, activity-filled wetlands of Everglades National Park are just a short drive away. Even closer is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where travelers can snorkel and scuba dive among a diverse underwater ecosystem. In fact, as the self-proclaimed "Dive Capital of the World," Key Largo offers a number of intricate sites that attract divers year-round. But no matter how you choose to spend your days, it would be a shame not to end them with as many fresh lobster dinners and killer Key Largo sunsets as possible.

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Key Largo Travel Tips

Best Months to Visit

The best time to visit Key Largo is between December and March. During this time, you will find dry weather and temperatures that aren't too hot, but are still warm enough for the beach and other outdoor activities. During the holiday season, Key Largo hosts fun celebrations like an annual cook-off and a holiday boat parade, while January welcomes two popular food festivals. Temperatures in April and May remain comfortable in the 70s and 80s, and it is a fairly quiet time to visit. June through November brings hot summer temperatures reaching the 90s and hurricane season, but also fewer crowds and lower hotel rates.

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What You Need to Know

    • Key Largo is not like Key West Consider Key Largo to be Key West's more lowkey neighbor. If you're looking for an abundance of nightlife options and a party vibe, Key West will be a better spot for you. Head to Key Largo instead for a relaxed getaway filled with sunbathing, fishing and spending quality time with your loved ones.
    • Don't feed the manatees Key Largo is home to friendly manatees that have been known to come right up to docks and kayaks to say hello. While these gentle giants will cause no harm to you, feeding them, touching them or disturbing them in any way is strictly prohibited, as they are an endangered species. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a popular spot to view manatees, but you can also see them from a number of waterfront restaurants and hotels.  
    • Rent a car The easiest way to get around Key Largo is by car. It is not a particularly walkable destination, and though taxis, Uber and Lyft are available, having your own car will give you much more freedom to explore parks, grab food and seek out remote spots at your leisure.

How to Save Money in Key Largo

    • Stay in a vacation rental Key Largo has its fair share of cozy rental homes that can save you money compared to a hotel and provide more space for family trips. Some rental properties even feature their own docks and complimentary kayaks to use during your stay.
    • Visit during the offseason Key Largo is noticeably quieter during the summer months and during hurricane season, specifically between June and late October. If you're willing to deal with the extra heat and potential storms, you may be rewarded with discounted hotel rates (especially on weekdays, as Floridians often drive down south for weekend getaways during the offseason). To be safe, consider purchasing travel insurance to avoid any weather-related complications.
    • Consider multiple airports You can drive to Key Largo from both the Miami International Airport and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in one or two hours, respectively. Check fares at both airports to ensure you're getting the best deal for your trip. 

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On a trip to Key Largo, make sure to admire as many stunning sunsets as possible.

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