About the Keys
Just off the southern coast of the Sunshine State, the Florida Keys remain very popular, yet are still one of the state’s best-kept secrets. Consisting of an archipelago, each of the islands within has its unique charm. Whether you decide to call it your vacation or permanent home, the Keys capture all of the qualities that draw hundreds of thousands of people to South Florida: sunny beaches, stunning island homes for sale, a relaxed oceanfront ambiance, excellent nightlife, plenty of boating and watersports activities, and much more!
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon is widely credited with having discovered The Keys, which he originally named “The Martyrs.” They were subsequently renamed to the Keys, based on “cayo”, the Spanish word for a small island. Famous Key West was considered the largest town in the state for many years and its location made it ideal to conduct trades with neighboring islands like the Bahamas and Cuba.
Today the Florida Keys are recognized not only for tourist favorites like Key West, but also for some of it notable sights, like the classic Seven Mile Bridge in Monroe County, which has been featured prominently in films like True Lies, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Mission Impossible: III.
Key West is the southernmost city in the Florida Keys as well as in the continental United States and arguably is most popular. It has its own international airport and is also where American novelist Ernest Hemingway and American playwright Tennessee Williams used to live. Hemingway’s house is still open to the public and remains a much-frequented tourist attraction. The city is also well known for its highly photographed southernmost point buoy, claiming to be a mere ninety miles away from Cuba.