The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys

Florida Keys

The Complete List of the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are so many (over 1000 islands) that had to be classified into three major groups:

  • The Upper Keys
  • The Middle Keys
  • The Lower Keys

*But before we get to the here and there of this territory let’s see what’s in the vicinity; who our neighbors are?

The Biscayne National Park.

At the northern section of these islands and located south of the city of Miami is the Biscayne National Park ( The first big and important island on the north side is Key Largo. But in between Key Largo and the Bicayne National Park are a group of smaller islands that some consider as part of the Upper Keys, however these are part of the Park itself)

The Biscayne National Park is 90% underwater, a huge portion of coral reefs, water, and smaller islands comprises it. An extensive South Florida wild life ecosystem inhabits the park, they depend on the park’s natural resources for food, nesting and shelter. *A must to visit tourist attraction in South Florida!

These islands located in this section of the north Key Largo in Biscayne National Park.

  • Soldier Key.
  • Ragged Keys
  • Boca Chica Island (Home of the Boca Chica Light House and the most popular island)
  • Sands Key.
  • Elliott Key.
  • Reid Key.
  • Rubicon Keys.
  • Totten Key.
  • Rodes Key.
The Boca Chica Light House.

The Upper Keys.

In Monroe County, the Upper Keys, are the closes to Miami. They are located on the north side of The Florida Keys, being the largest section Key Largo, which is a major touristic attraction and have the reputation for having the best diving sites of the Keys and shares a section of the Everglades National Park. And a south of Key Largo is Islamorada, the fisherman town.

  • Key Largo.( North Key Largo, Key Largo and Tavernier)
  • Tavernier. (Not an island itself but important place of Key Largo)
  • Plantation Key.
  • Windley Key.
  • *Islamorada-The Village of Islands and Sport Fishing Capital of the World(the group of islands of Islamorada, are Plantation and  Lower Matecombe, Indian and Lightnumvitae Keys, left and right)
  • Upper Matecumbe Key.
  • Lightnumvitae Key. And Indian Key (Botanical State Parks and Historic Sites, part of the Triangle of History) (both on either side the Matecumbe Keys and US 1,  accessible only by boat)
  • Lower Matecumbe Key.
Diving in Key Largo and fishing in Islamorada are the main things here.
The point at the Triangle of History in Islamorada. Lower Matecumbe, Lighnumbitae and Indian key.

The Middle Keys.

The Meddle Keys are…of course in the center section of the Florida Keys, where the Marathon group of islands and the Historic Pigeon Key.

  • Craig Key.
  • Fiesta Key.
  • Long Key.
  • Conch Key.
  • Duck Key.
  • Grassy Key.
  • *The Marathon Islands are comprised by Grassy, Crawl, Long Point, Fat Deer, Shelter, Boot, Vaca, and Knight’s  Keys)
  • Crawl Key.
  • Long Point Key.
  • Fat Deer key.
  • Shelter Key.
  • Vaca Key.
  • Boot Key.
  • Knight’s Key.
  • Pigeon Key. (The Historic Island can be seen from the section of US 1 over the seven mile bridge) 
Entry to the Old Historic Seven Mile Bridge, takes you to Pigeon Key.
Walking over the bridge to Pigeon Key.

The Lower keys.

The Lower Keys are at the southern end of the Florida Keys, this vast territory is where the exotic and festive Key West and the home of the Key Deer, Big Pine Key.

  • Little Dock Key.
  • Missouri Key.
  • Sunshine Key.
  • Bahia Honda Key.( Where the Bahia Honda State Park and Beaches)
  • Spanish Harbor.
  • Scout Key.( Summerland Key)
  • No Name Key.
  • Big Pine Key.
  • Little Torch Key.
  • Meddle Torch Key.
  • Big Torch Key.
  • Ramrod Key.
  • Summerland Key.
  • Knockemdown Key.
  • Cudjoe Key.
  • Sugarloaf Key.
  • Park Key. 
  • Lower Sugarloaf Key. 
  • Saddlebuch Key. 
  • Shark Key.
  • Geiger Key.
  • Big Coppitt.
  • Rockland Key.
  • Boca Chica Key.
  • Racoon Key.
  • Stock Island.
  • Key West.
  • Sisgbee Park.
  • Fleming Key.

At this point we find some outlying islands that are only accessible by boat or by the sea planes from Key West.

  • Dry Totugas (Home of Fort Jefferson)
  • Marquesas Islands.
  • Sunset Key & Wisteria Island.
Fort Jafferson *the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere”, in Dry Turtugas Natinal Park.
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