Coral Cay Archipelago // 127 Square Miles // 90 miles from Cuba // Seven Mile Bridge // Only 20 Feet above Sea Level // over 1,700 Islands...
The Florida Keys are located to the southwest of Florida and sit on a coral cay archipelago. The northern part of the Keys starts at the south-eastern tip of Florida and are some 15 miles south of Miami. They then arc south and west to the farthest point at Key West and divides the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
At their most southern point, Key West is only 90 miles from Cuba and the Keys in total cover 137 square miles of land mass.
500th Anniversary 2013 saw Florida celebrating its 500th anniversary, marking its discovery by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who arrived to claim the land for Spain in 1513.
Today the Sunshine State draws millions of tourists to its shores every year, with most of them heading to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. But drive a few hours south to the Florida Keys and you’ll discover a more relaxing holiday vibe... and not a cartoon mouse in sight!
The archipelago which makes up The Keys has over 1,700 islands, many of them uninhabited or forming part of protected nature reserves. But over 40 of these ‘Keys’ are linked by the Overseas Highway, which leads to the quirky town of Key West, the southernmost point in the USA and the final destination for one of the America’s most iconic road trips.
Climate The Keys climate can best be described as a tropical savanna one and has just two seasons. Hot, wet and humid, which lasts from June to October when temperatures average around 88°F (31°C) and then the cooler season which runs from November through to May and temperatures drop to a more pleasant average of around 75°F (24°C). Because of its location and the fact that no part of the island is higher than 20 feet above sea level, the Keys are no stranger to tropical storms and hurricanes. As a result, if a major hurricane is threatened, everyone will be evacuated north to the mainland of Florida.
For more information on the Florida Keys and Key West you might like to visit the Florida Keys website.
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