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Helpful Tips for Planning a Trip to the Florida Keys

Aerial view of the Florida Keys

Vacation Rental Booking Tips

Vacation rentals offer visitors great options to stay and play in the Florida Keys & Key West across all budgets and travel party sizes. Always select a licensed vacation rental, and avoid any property without a license. Florida Keys area cities and villages have carefully crafted their vacation rental license process to assure visitor safety and comfort, including a mandatory, locally based manager available to assist 24 hours, 7 days a week for any legal short term rental (less than 28 days). Click for more information on verifying a vacation rental license and avoiding scams.

An American Road Trip

Traveling the Florida Keys & Key West by car, visitors drive along the only All-American Road in Florida, a beautiful, scenic route featuring 42 bridges. As the only road in and out of the Keys, at peak travel times traffic can become congested. Plan ahead and travel during off-peak hours and allot enough time to reach your destination. Visitors can also fly directly into the Keys. Regularly scheduled commercial flights are available into Key West and Florida Keys Marathon Airport accommodates charter and private aircraft. Group shuttles, public buses and a boat ferry are also available to access the Keys. Get more information.

Meet the locals

Stay Like A Local

We want you to love the Florida Keys & Key West as much as the residents do! Live like a local and make your vacation the best ever. Read our Local Choice Vacation Guide or meet some of our favorite locals and read their stories.

Florida Keys road trip
Sunset Grille

Celebrate The Sun, Protect Your Skin

In the Florida Keys & Key West we celebrate spectacular sunrises and gorgeous sunsets — Key West even hosts a nightly sunset celebration. Catch the best early morning red, pink and purple colors a half-hour before sunrise, and watch as the best hues of sunset appear a half-hour after it sets.

What about in between? The sun's rays are strong in the subtropics, reflecting off sand, water and even the clouds during an overcast afternoon. Most recommended by locals as the best sun protection are wide brimmed hats, UV sun protection clothing such as UPF 50-rated shirts, rash guards, or Neck Gaiters. Regularly apply sunscreen to enjoy your vacation without sunburn — start before taking the convertible top down and hanging your arms out the windows on your drive. Our recommendation? Reef Safe sunscreen, provides coverage as you snorkel the reefs and protects marine life from chemicals and oils at the same time.

Florida Keys Have Open Container Laws

Feel free to bring coolers and refreshments to visit our public beaches and parks facilities. No alcohol, please. The Florida Keys & Key West do enforce open container laws that prohibit open containers of alcohol on most public beaches, parks and streets; including world-famous Duval Street. Be mindful of signs that indicate where alcohol containers are prohibited.

How to get to the Florida Keys
How to get to Key Largo | How to get to Islamorada | How to get to Marathon
How to get to the Lower Keys | How to get to Key West