The first and northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo is about 50 km long and offers a laid-back vibe that invites you to explore and enjoy at your own pace. The multi-hued blues of its crystal waters are perfect for activities like kayaking, paragliding, and paddle boarding, but its real treasure lies below the water’s surface where you’ll discover a world of colourful coral reefs, shipwrecks and diverse marine life which has helped solidify its standing as the Dive Capital of the World.
Obviously, while in this diver’s haven, you need to take the plunge. If you’re a novice diver and want to immerse yourself in some history while you explore, then you need head out only a mere 11 km from Key Largo, where you’ll find The Benwood. Built in England in 1910 it collided with the USS Turtle in 1942 during WWII and its remains are now scattered along low profile reef and sand in depths ranging from 8 to 14 metres. If you dive near dusk you’ll be rewarded with the arrival of large groups of fish and droves of turtle seeking shelter for the night.
If you’re not a diver or prefer dry land, make sure you pack your virtual fins and snorkel and head to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary where you can digitally dive into the reef, “paddle” through mangroves and listen to the sounds of creatures that call this ecosystem their home.
For over 50 years this Key Largo must-visit has been a working waterfront with fisherman selling their daily catch of locally caught lobster, stone crab, shrimp and other fresh seafood. Of course, their lunch and dinner menus are packed with delish ocean offerings like Conch Fritters, Key Largo Lobster Rolls, Dolphin Fingers, Calamari and Coconut Shrimp. While you wait you can feed the fish from their docks or enjoy some live entertainment if you time it right.
Inspired by nature, Baker’s Cay Resort is a luxurious 200-room resort getaway that spans 13 acres, has its own private beach, welcomes our furry family members and is leading the way in sustainable travel with its many impressive earth-friendly practices. We love their no single-use plastics policy offering compostable items such as avocado pit straws, rice paper wrapped food items, biodegradable corn starch cups, soft drinks in cans or glass only.
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