"Dive Into Adventure."
Key Largo is the first island you will see as you enter the 110-mile Florida Keys chain. It is our longest island and the one where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall battled Edward G. Robinson and a hurricane in the 1948 gangster movie "Key Largo."
Today, visitors can take a tour on The African Queen, the boat Bogart and Katharine Hepburn fell into in the 1951 movie, "The African Queen," which is set in World War I Africa.
Key Largo is located 58 miles South of metropolitan Miami, bounded on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Florida Bay and the outlying fringes of the Everglades. Key Largo is a great place to get back to nature. The blossoming trees, crystal-clear waters and abundant wildlife are virtually unchanged from the early settlement days. Divers from novices to professionals can experience water snorkeling to deep-water diving. Experience John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the adjacent Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary - America's only underwater parks. Key Largo's proximity to the Everglades makes it a premier destination for kayakers, birders and other eco-tourists. All this beauty, not to mention the island's rich history, has inspired a vibrant community of artists who show their work at several local galleries.Points of interest:
- Everglades National Park: The only ecosystem of its kind in the world, encompasses some 1.4 million acres. Visitors see bald eagles and many of the 300 other species of birds found in the park as well as alligators, deer and bobcats. Activities include guided tours, canoeing, fishing, camping and hiking.
- Wild Bird Center: Provides emergency and recuperative care for injured birds and displays habitats for different species with identifying plaques. You'll also find facts about birds and the environment of the Florida Keys.
- John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park: Offers beaches, nature trails and a visitor center. The park and the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary are 20 miles long and contain about 103 square nautical miles altogether. The first undersea park in the United States.
- Dolphins Plus: A facility in the Keys where you can actually swim and interact with these highly intelligent marine mammals. Dolphins Plus is also a research center benefiting dolphins and handicapped children.