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When to go?
The season in Key Largo, the upper keys and south Florida at large runs from October through March. The crowd is predominantly snowbirds escaping the winter chill or mainlanders pursuing off-shore fun. The winter temperatures are warm enough that beach and water fun is available all year. The intense sun and heat of the summer drive visitors away and prices down, so if you aren't afraid of the sun want to save some clams, visit Key Largo between April and September. Even on a cloudy day in January, the sun can still burn so be generous with the sunscreen, especially for the little ones.

Where to stay?
Chain hotels, motels and resort line US 1 from the mainland all the way through Islamorada. There are accommodations for all price ranges and to suit many different tastes. Most hotels offer pools, many have beach views and some even boast casino cruises. The Keys are not exempt from storms, so be sure to ask your lodging about their hurricane policy, especially in late summer and fall. Much of this beauty and most of the fun on Key Largo involves water, so skip the middleman, ditch the landlubbin' hotel and rent a house boat, especially if you are staying with a large group.

What to do?
Key Largo boasts some of the finest fishing and diving in the Western hemisphere. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the adjacent marine sanctuary are host to seemingly infinite species of fish and marine flora and fauna. Several of the beaches remain shadows of their former selves after the storms of the late nineties, but the waves and the rays are still warm and welcome sunbathers, surfers and children of all ages as reconstruction progresses. The abundant seas life also means that restaurants can serve the freshest seafood available and some local favorites, such as conch fritters, Florida lobsters and stone crabs. Instead of slogging up and down US 1 to get around, rent a boat and cruise around the Keys for a fast, fun time.


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