Found in Florida’s southernmost point, the Florida Keys are a collection of unique tropical destinations with Key West less than 100 miles away from the coast of Cuba. In the past month, Key West homes for sale had an average price of $1,329,000, significantly higher than the previous year. Even though Florida Key real estate is experiencing a seller’s market, it’s still possible to find the best place for you to spend the perfect weekend in the Keys.

Here are a few great suggestions for keeping your weekend in the Keys entertaining and full of adventure:

Go on a historical adventure

Photo courtesy of Islamorada Times
 
One of the most popular photo attractions in the Keys is located in an old Key West neighborhood. The Southernmost Point Buoy is considered the marker of the edge of the Keys and is just 90 miles away from Cuba.

Key West is also home to the famous Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum — you can learn all about this author’s life and his famous six-toed cat! Another fun historical spot is the Indian Key Historic State Park in Islamorada. It’s home to a salvaged shipwreck community dating back to the 1830s.
 
Don’t forget Pigeon Key Island in Marathon! This island is the heart of the Keys because of the historical railways and the seven-mile bridge that connects it to mainland Florida. If you’re interested in diving, the History of Diving Museum covers 25 variations of diving helmets over a 3,000-year time span. This unique piece of history is also home to a section of the Islamorada islands, another gorgeous community outside of Key West with dozens of exceptional real estate options.

Dive into sea life

You can spend an entire day at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. It’s the first park to be completely underwater in the country! There are all kinds of activities in this state park, including the most popular: snorkeling or scuba diving. Kayaking and glass-bottom boat tours are other exciting activities you can enjoy if one-on-one sealife action isn’t your thing. Another must-see attraction in Key Largo is the famous Hollywood African Queen Canal Cruise. This cruise departs from Marina del Mar and offers a dinner cruise option.
 
Photo courtesy of Theater of the Sea
 
Islamorada also has an excellent sea life attraction. Theater of the Sea is home to sea mammals and unique aquatic shows. After the performance, consider a drive to Marathon, home to the Dolphin Research Center and Aquarium Encounters, where you can learn more about these mammals and feed the sea life in their aquariums. There’s also a Turtle Hospital in Marathon. If you have an interest or a career in marine biology, you may want to consider Florida Keys homes for sale.

Admire the beauty of butterflies and flowers

Photo courtesy of Lucy Tobias
 
In the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, there are between 50 and 60 types of butterfly species to observe. Then, visit Bahia Honda State Park located in Big Pine Key. This state park offers many activities, including snorkeling, visiting beautiful beaches, and camping, but there’s one main attraction that everyone seems to love—the more than 150 species of flora! Dive into the beauty whenever you want when you own a property in the Florida Keys.

Visit with wildlife

Big Pine Key is home to miniature deer, a subspecies of the Virginia white-tailed deer. To visit the adorable and unique deer, plan a trip to the National Key Deer Refuge. This refuge was developed in 1957 and spans over 9,200 acres. It’s also home to other animals in the Keys, like the lower Keys marsh rabbits and the silver rice rats. Before entering the refuge, stop by the visitor’s center to collect a map and learn more about deer sightings.

Celebrate with the nightlife of Mallory Square

Mallory Square in the Keys is home to a nightly arts festival with unique street performers and street art vendors. It’s sure to make a night to remember! There are other amazing things to do, too. For instance, El Meson de Pepe's has a live salsa band or dive into pirate life at The Green Parrot. Another idea for nightlife fun is stopping by Schooner Wharf Bar.

There are many things to do over the weekend for entertainment in the Florida Keys, from ocean and wildlife to historic sites and state parks. If you’re interested in spending amazing weekends in the Keys year-round, consider talking to someone with extensive knowledge of Florida Keys real estate.

When you’re ready to start looking at homes for sale in the Florida Keys, reach out to one of the trusted agents at OceanSIR for expert guidance.



How to Spend a Perfect Weekend in the Florida Keys

Ocean SIR - April 15, 2022

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