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Key Largo is 106 miles from Miami and is located at Mile Marker 118-90 and has a population of 11,886.  It is the first island you come to in the Florida Keys.  It was in the early 1500s that the Spanish explorers originally landed on the first of a series of islands extending south from the Florida mainland.  They named it “Cayo Largo” or Long Key, because of the islands size.   Through the centuries, pirates, buccaneers and smugglers roamed the island and its coastal waters leaving behind many a shipwreck and, some say, the spirit of independence that is so readily evident in todays inhabitants.   Known as the “Dive Capital of the World”, in Key Largo you will find John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the nation’s first undersea preserve, which is part of the National Marine Sanctuary Program.  You need only to dive 25 feet to marvel at the famed statue of Christ of the Abyss. 

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

You can see the African Queen in Key Largo  or the boat from The Golden Pond  Both are located at the Holiday Inn.

If you like to eat, you will love Key Largo.  Seafood rules here and you will be able to try lobster, stone crabs, mahi mahi, conch plus many other specialties, including Key Lime Pie.   Funky is the name here and two of our favorite restaurants are The Fish House in Key Largo (below) and Ziggie’s Crab Shack  

Key Largo is part of the 2800 square miles Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and you can hike nature trails at John Pennekamp State Park, visit the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, or go on a self-guided nature trail through Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site.

There are a lot of places to shop around Key Largo like the Shell House and Diver’s Direct Outlet.

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