Discover the Wonder that is the Florida Keys

Florida has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations, particularly Orlando and Miami. But if you want somewhere removed the hustle and bustle of the metropolis or a more natural environment, the Florida Keys is where you should be. It’s one of those celebrated locations in the world that has been highlighted in movies and even songs. You remember “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo…” from the lyrics of the song by the Beach Boys, right?

Well, we might change that to “Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Key Colony Beach”, where surf, sand and sun best describe what your home away from home would be like if you decide to visit this gem of an island.

Close to Marathon, but removed from the busy-ness of the Overseas Highway, KCB has all the amenities – including several great restaurants, a full service marina, and a Cabana Club —  but more of the peace and quiet that lures so many to the island chain in the first place.

Fantastic Beaches

It would not be a paradise without gorgeous beaches with sparkling waters that hug the shore. Being a coral cay archipelago and all, expect the beaches in Florida Keys to be nothing short of amazing. Sandy shorelines and warm waters doesn’t even begin to describe them. “But the must-visit is the Bahia Honda Beach, says Lisa Joseph of Key Colony Beach Realty’s rental division. Bahia Honda has remained one of the top ten beaches in Florida to this day. And why not? It is linked to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, after all. This means miles and miles of natural shoreline for you to enjoy and just lounge on. If you take your gaze off the beach, you would also see the “Railroad that Went to Sea”, a bridge that connects Florida mainland with Key West. Although it is now just a relic, it remains a sight to behold.

old Bahia Honda railway bridge from beach

The old Bahia Honda railway bridge from the beach

 

Hiking Trails

If you want to take a break from swimming, diving and other water sports, you can stay on dry land and explore the rest of the Florida Keys on foot. There are plenty of hiking trails that you can choose from, all of which have something wonderful to offer your senses. Walk the old Seven Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key and spot dolphins and sharks and eagle rays in the shallow waters and deep channels along the bridge; touch the flowers in Crane Point, smell the salty scent of the waters on the Bay side of the Layton Trail, and listen to the sound of birds among the dense thicket of native flora along the trails in Bahia Honda State Park.

7 mile bridge sunset

A walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge is a great way to enjoy the sunset.

Along with beaches and hiking trails to explore are activities you can do to make your stay unforgettable. Apart from popular water sports and fishing, you can take having fun to the extreme by going wreck diving, skydiving, riding a bi-plane or jet pack, kiteboarding and spear fishing. Suffice to say that there will never be a dull moment when in Florida Keys.

Find lots more information on our blog on local beaches, wreck diving and extreme sports in the Middle Florida Keys here. Divers will want to check out the 10 Wrecks in 10 days post, and there’s an entire section on Bahia Honda’s beaches and water activities, as well as another section on other beaches throughout the Middle Florida Keys – from Anne’s Beach on lower Matecumbe south to Bahia Honda. For those who choose to make their home away from home in Key Colony Beach, many of our vacation rentals come with a membership to the Cabana Club on the local beach.

The Middle Florida Keys offers a large number of family oriented attractions – from the interactive Pirate exhibit at Crane Point to the Turtle Hospital, as well as several dolphin interaction sites. Whichever island you choose for your vacation you are certain to discover the wonder of the Paradise of the Florida Keys.