Day Tripping from Key Largo. If you find yourself with plenty of sun in your face, good weather and time on your hands, there is plenty of things to do in Key Largo. It’s a huge outdoor arcade, the Oceanside to the east of the island offers snorkeling out on the coral reefs, diving on the sunken shipwrecks or fishing in the big blue Gulf Stream. On the western side is Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park which offers two different faces; the freshwater lands of sawgrasses, Alligators and Crocodiles which you can take a short drive by car to see or, even shorter, take an enviro-tour boat over shallow, saltwater surrounded islands, nestled with birds, dolphins, sharks, and crabs, even pygmy seahorses.

 

Don’t forget about all the other watersports one can do in a morning or afternoon of ‘Fun in the Sun’.Islamorada Dive Center has an amazing staff. Quicksilver Catamarans does snorkeling and sunset sails in Islamorada. Aquaholic Adventures does paddleboarding tours and rentals. Otherside offers kiteboarding. Holiday Isle has waverunners and jetboats.

 

 

 

If you find yourself with a not-so-nice of a day in paradise, a day trip up to Homestead, then west to the Everglades National Park’s main entrance is a great idea. Yes, you will see Alligators and probably loads of birds common on the mainland part of the park. Stop in at Robert Is Here, a little freshfood market for a tasty smoothie before the main gate. Farther north your have great shopping centers like the Falls, South Miami, or the excitement of Coconut Grove and South Beach within an hour or slightly more.

 

If it’s south you desire, then there is Islamorada about 20 mins. away. Stop in at the Worldwide Sportsman – Morada Bay complex, the upper keys only boardwalk area. If south is still your game, then Key West is about another hour and a half away. Palmed lined streets and funky folks abound in this end of the road island town. Plenty of food and drink, shops and people watching is the way of life here. Just remember, it’s a long two hours back to the pristine upper keys.