The Florida Keys and Key West are home to some of the finest and diverse restaurants in the world. Restaurants are part of a much larger category referred to as Conch Republic Dining. Conch Republic Dining include arts and entertainment, events, news, nightlife, restaurants, shopping and tourism.
Key Largo is the closest of the Keys to the mainland and is home to an abundance of restaurants that cater to the diving sector of tourism. Here you will find laid back reastaurants that reflect the "old Florida Keys" way of life and eagerly welcome divers as guests. Many are conveniently located near the multitude of dive shops that supply all the specific needs to divers and snorkelers alike. For the more timid, there is a wonderful glass bottom tour available nearby at the John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park.
Key Largo also features an undersea hotel that is often the dive site for tourist couples getting married underwater!
Many high end restaurants are also located in the Key Largo area. These properties cater to those who seek to paper themselves in world class luxury. Many of the larger hotels and dining facilities are set up to accommodate corporate events and meetings. These hotels have the ability to provide Commercial Billing Invoices for those requiring itemization of expenditures for taxes purposes.
The larger hotels also feature exquisite banquet facilities. The chefs are experts at creating tropical dining experiences reflecting the many varieties of fresh caught local seafood.
Often, just a short walk or drive from your hotel are the many local restaurants that offer family dining and feature seafood smorgasbords!
Although there are many more chains and deluxe resorts than there used to be, small family run restaurants and diners can still be found.
Islamorada is often referred to as "The Fishing Capitol of the World." It's no surprise then that most restaurants here cater to the sports fishing enthusiast and Islamorada has a wealth of accommodations to choose from. The majority of restaurants are positioned toward the more well healed travel crowd who enjoy their days renting charter boats for fishing expeditions. One resort in particular is a favorite of a recent United States president who's hobby is fly fishing for bonefish such as tarpon, wahoo, barracuda and many other types of game fish. Islamorada is also home to the annual Redbone Fishing Tournament.
In addition to restaurants, Islamorada hosts one of the largest charter boat fleets in the world. And don't forget the numerous kayak and jet ski rentals.
What could be better than to spend your days fishing and then have the chef cook up your catch that evening? Islamorada boasts many, many fine dining restaurants, some located right on the hotel's property. There are are dozens of bars and restaurants that offer spectacular sunset views and are just steps away from a world class resort.
Islamorada has many upscale chefs who are also very popular. Several are available for private booking and provide unsurpassed privacy.
In spite of Islamorada's reputation for being a playground for the upscale tourist there are still several restaurants that cater to young couples and families. Many feature childrens menus.
There are more art galleries in Islamorada than any other key in the Florida Keys other than Key West.
In Islamorada, you're either on the water, in the water or near the water.
Marathon is commonly referred to as the "Heart of the Florida Keys." There are many affordable restaurants to choose from. Additionally, because Marathon caters primarily to families, there are also many inexpensive places to eat.
Conveniently centered within Marathon is the Marathon International airport. This makes air travel to Marathon a breeze. While car rentals are available, often times there's no need because there are many cabs available to take you and your family directly to your hotel.
Located near these accommodations are fantastic family attractions. You can swim with the dolphins, go snorkeling and fishing, even take an aerial sightseeing trip in a biplane or helicopter.
Marathon has many events throughout the year to choose from. One of the more popular ones is the Seafood Festival. Enjoy unlimited seafood by day and retreat in the evening to your resort, motel, villa or cottage or campground by the sea.
Marathon has a little bit of the best of each of the Florida Keys and Key West. Shopping, Arts, Boating, Fishing, Dining, Diving, and Living. With a wide variety of accommodations to choose from in Marathon it's easy to see why it's such a popular family travel destination that feels like the Caribbean.
Home to the endangered Key Deer as well as several other species, Big Pine is a favorite destination for eco-travel visitors.
While there are no large hotels to choose from in the Big Pine and Lower Keys area, there are many cottages, private homes and campgrounds. Some campgrounds are located directly on the beach and offer spectacular sunsets as well as sunrises.
There are camps in Big Pine for children and adults that include reef trips and back country kayaking eco-tours as well as some of the best reef snorkeling in the Florida Keys on Looe Key, which is home to the annual Underwater Music Festival. There's even a miniature gold course and a sky diving center! Private charters for back country flats fishing is also very popular in Big Pine and the Lower Keys.
Located several miles off shore is the world famous Little Palm Island Resort and Spa. Accessible only by boat or resort launch, you will discover what appears to be a Tahitian Island transported into the crystal clear waters of the Florida Keys. Expect world class cuisine from the chef as well as impeccable service and accommodations from the resort. Small sailboats and kayaks are available for use by guests and cell phone usage is forbidden. No televisions or radios are on the tiny island but there is a daily supply of world newspapers for reader to choose from. The island is dotted with rope hammocks to lounge in by day and then enjoy freshly ironed sheets in your air conditioned bamboo suite by night.
Big Pine also hosts the famous Bahia Honda State Park. Voted as one of the top ten beaches in the continental The United States, it includes fabulous seaside campgrounds for both tents and RV's that are just steps away from the water's edge.
Perhaps the most visited island of all in the Florida Keys, Key West hosts a diverse selection of travel accommodations and restaurants to choose from. Located only 90 miles from Cuba, and featuring year round tropical weather, there are world class resorts and spas, hotels from small to large as well as inns, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts plus private homes and guest cottages.
The resorts and spas feature attention to detail that is second to none. Many have been newly renovated and offer extensive creature comforts with resort spas that include massage therapy, steam rooms, gyms, and much, much more. Beautiful swimming pools with swim up bars and beautiful beaches create a tropical experience that rivals the Caribbean. These hotels also boast wireless internet services, as well high definition cable TV with premium channels.
Every resort hotel has multiple dining facilities to choose from, casual to elegant, continental to waterfront.
The large Key West properties also welcome corporate events and meetings. The provide support with in-house audio visual equipment, fax machines, computers, and have meeting planners to help coordinate off property excursions. These include, Airport Meet & Greet, Catering & Local Dining, Eco Tours & Kayaking, Floral & Decor, Fishing & Tournaments – Deep Sea, Light Tackle, Flats & Fly Fishing, Music & Entertainment, Golf & Instruction & Tournaments, Local Color! – Female Impersonators & Mallory Square Sunset Performers, Photography & Videography Services, Key West Tours, Spouse Programs, Watersports, Parasailing, Jet Ski’s and All Day Watersports Parties.
Key West also includes many national hotel and motel facilities that cater to family travelers as well as budget minded tourists. These properties feature the standard amenities that you would expect to find in a national chain hotel and many are located just steps from downtown Key West's famous Duval Street. Here you will find attractions like The Hemingway House, Sloppy Joe's Bar, Jimmy Buffet's Margaretville, The Key West Aquarium, The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum plus local theaters, exhibits and numerous other attractions.
Key West guest houses are extremely popular and plentiful in Key West. Many are authentic antique style "Conch" houses that have been lovingly restored into charming guest accommodations. Suites with kitchens as well private rooms all can be found these guest houses. Some even feature private guest cottages complete with clothing optional outdoor Jacuzzi spas and pools. Some guests houses are skewed toward the gay and lesbian community and feature properties that host gay events and festivals.
Additionally, Key West welcomes it's travel visitors with inns and bed and breakfast accommodations. Here the locals open their doors to share local cooking and traditional "Conch" style living.
Key West private homes, available to rent on a monthly basis, are nestled in amongst charming restaurants, bistros, bakeries and coffee shops. Many restuarants feature local Cuban cuisine as well as other ethnic dishes. Key West caters to every taste in food, from fine dining to casual off the sidewalk restaurants. Many are open air and celebrate pet lovers as well as the free range local chickens and roosters that walk the streets and lanes of Key West.
Key West's legendary nightlife begins at its' world famous Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. Several large hotels surround the waterfront sunset celebration area and you can enjoy all the sights and sounds right from your balcony or terrace. Here sailboat cruises take tourists on sunset sails with complimentary drinks and food. On land, street performers of all types entertain the large nightly Key West crowds with feats of juggling, fire eating, tight rope walking, and unique magic and animal acts.
After the sun goes down stroll along the many Key West streets and enjoy the exciting, legendary nightlife. Bars, live music, restaurants, gift shops, fine jewelry, shopping, drag shows and people watching are just some of the attractions to see and do.
And while you are staying in Key West, be sure to take in one of the annual events and festivals that will surely be going on. Fantasy Fest, Conch Republic Days, The Parrot Head Convention, The Songwriters Festival, The Cuban American Festival, The Poetry and Literary Festival, The Key West Sailing Regatta, The Offshore Powerboat Races, Sculpture Key West,
The Hemingway Days, Womenfest, and many more.