Your first stop when you leave the mainland and the eighteen mile "stretch" behind is the island of Key Largo spanning from Mile Marker 106 to Mile Marker 90. The Overseas Highway (Route 1) is lined with commercial buildings and small shopping centers where you will find restaurants, hotels, dive shops, clothing stores, bait shops and marine supplies as well as dozens of other businesses serving this vibrant and active community. To the West you will enjoy views of Florida Bay and a short hop to the East finds you on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Key Largo is the home of John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park , seventy nautical square miles of stunning and pristine undersea park. Further down the highway is the famous Caribbean Club where the movie "Key Largo" was partially filmed and Bogies boat, the original "African Queen," resides dock side in an oceanside canal just to the South.
Out of sight lie the many neighborhoods and communities of Key Largo. If you are shopping for a new home in the Keys this is your opportunity to get off the Overseas Highway and explore. There is an abundance of canal side homes in Key Largo, probably more to choose from than any other island in the Keys. Many communities have neighborhood associations and private waterfront parks. Most condominiums are gated for privacy.
Now you should take a break for lunch and look for that perfect fish sandwich. We'd like to recommend a favorite of ours, Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Cafe, a real locals place with the freshest seafood you will ever find. Local fisherman may very well be unloading as you watch.