Key Largo was originally named Rock Harbor until Humphrey Bogart released his film “Key Largo.” It is the northern most island of the Keys and is well known in the dive industry. Many travelers come to dive the Spiegel Grove and the spectacular reefs this island has to offer. From paddleboarding the mangroves to sailing a catamaran, there’s something for everyone. It’s a dive bum’s paradise and a place I like to call home.
There are quite a few places to stay to fit any traveler’s budget. There are higher end hotels, locally owned motels and a few campsites. Most of the accommodations you’ll find are between mile makers 98 though 110.
If you’re looking to get away from the chain restaurants and enjoy local mom and pop shops, you’ve come to the right place. The only chains you’ll find on island are Denny’s, Waffle House, and a few fast food joints. Seafood is the main fair on the island and what better way to top it off with key lime pie. You’ll find almost every restaurant claims that they have the best key lime pie, so you’ll have to decide for yourself. You can also find a farmer’s market every day of the week that sells local produce and for a great price.
Key Largo is fairly small so you can get around pretty easily. A lot of locals get around by either walking or biking around town. There isn’t much of a public transit system in the city except a few of the local taxi companies. There are buses that run from Key largo to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale areas. A lot of travelers rent cars since they’re traveling between islands. You can also rent bikes from All Keys Cycles starting at $20.00 per day.
Key Largo is stated to be the “dive capital” of the world. It’s home to some of the most pristine reefs and abundant aquatic life. If you’re looking to experience the underwater world for the first time or get your toes wet again, then I would highly recommend diving in Key Largo.
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When To Go
The best time to dive and fish are during the summer months; May through August are the best months for conditions on the water. September through March are typically when we get higher winds and rougher conditions. If you’re looking to go when it’s a little more cost effective, I’d recommend going during the off season June through December. Those months are also the most cost effective for travelers.