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Top Five Things to Do on Your Roadtrip from Miami to Key Largo

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Miami is the ultimate Florida hot spot, but sometimes, you just need to get away. After you leave the hustle and bustle of the city, it doesn’t take long to reach the beauty of paradise: the Keys. While Key Largo is just a bit over an hour’s drive from Miami, you can stretch your trip into a long, luxurious Florida Keys road trip full of memories and fun.

To get from the mainland to the Keys, you’ll need to take the Overseas Highway. This highway starts in Florida City and stretches 113 miles to Key West. If you stayed on it from Miami to Key Largo and beyond, you could go all the way to Key West. The Overseas Highway and a series of bridges link the Keys together, making it easier for you to travel from one to the other. You could spend days exploring and still find new and exciting things to do, but here are the top family-friendly activities to check out on your next Miami to Key Largo road trip.

1. Grab some lunch.

Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen has been a favorite with locals and tourists alike since the 1970s. It has a festive, diner-like atmosphere, a full bar and fresh, sustainable seafood seasoned to perfection. Tuck into the best omelets you have ever tasted and original recipes that will keep you full and satisfied as you continue on your Florida Keys family vacation.

2. Go under the sea.

Jules’ Undersea Lodge is an underwater hotel that you can only access via scuba diving through the mangroves. Located in a former underwater research laboratory in the Key Largo Reef, the lodge contains everything you’d expect to find in a hotel. You can stay for a few hours or overnight if you’d like. You don’t have to stay in the underwater hotel to enjoy a snorkel or dive here, either, and it can be a fantastic first stop on your Florida Keys road trip.

3. Stop and stretch.

Bahia Honda State Park is a postcard-perfect representation of Florida with palm fronds waving in gentle breezes, crystal sea waters and some of the state’s most iconic wildlife. You and your family can burn off some energy and stretch your legs here with a walk along the beaches or wading along the water’s edge. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at snorkeling.

4. Cool off with key lime pie.

Key limes are tart, aromatic little limes that are prized throughout the Keys. These little limes are noted for their juiciness, and the right touch results in a light filling and fluffy meringue that simply melts in your mouth. Try The Blonde Giraffe in Tavernier for key lime pie that’s just right every time.

5. Take it to the tarpon.

Islamorada is surrounded by bewitchingly blue waters, but that’s not all. Just beyond Islamorada is Robbie’s, home to the world-famous hungry tarpon. You can hand-feed the tarpon or try your hand at jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking or paddleboarding. There’s something for everyone here, and when you’re done, you can eat your fill of fresh fish at the restaurant.

Once you’ve arrived at Mangrove Marina, you can stay aboard your boat in one of our wet slips or one of our luxury houseboats. Our marina offers all the comforts of home combined with the relaxation of vacation. We have tiki huts, barbecue facilities, laundry facilities and plenty of fun activities for the whole family. Schedule your Florida Keys family vacation today!

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