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Florida Keys - Which One Is Most Fun?

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Thinking about a quick 3 or 4 day trip with spouse to the Florida Keys.

Which island is the "best" in your humble opinion?

Can you please tell me why you think it's the "best" one?

Prettiest?
Least crowded?
More bang for the buck?
Better beaches? Clearer water?
More night life?
More family oriented?
More things to do?
Best food?
Best bars?


Thanks for any help you can give.
 

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Thinking about a quick 3 or 4 day trip with spouse to the Florida Keys.

Which island is the "best" in your humble opinion?

Can you please tell me why you think it's the "best" one?

Prettiest?
Least crowded?
More bang for the buck?
Better beaches? Clearer water?
More night life?
More family oriented?
More things to do?
Best food?
Best bars?


Thanks for any help you can give.

They Keys are not noted for great beaches. I wish I had spent more time in Key West because there is more going on and it is generally walkable. Key West is nicer to fly to than to drive to, but everyone should do that drive at least twice (up and back). I've stayed in Key Largo and it isn't as far to drive from Miami.

What are you looking to do and perhaps that would be more helpful for us trying to help.
 

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What are you looking to do and perhaps that would be more helpful for us trying to help.

Right. A few details.

Probably a late September early October trip.
Just to get away and relax. See some place we've never been.
Warm sun. Warm water. Sand. Palm trees. Walks. Swimming.

I do want to drive THAT drive too.

Probably fly into Miami. Rent car.
 

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Thinking about a quick 3 or 4 day trip with spouse to the Florida Keys.

Which island is the "best" in your humble opinion?

Can you please tell me why you think it's the "best" one?

Prettiest?
Least crowded?
More bang for the buck?
Better beaches? Clearer water?
More night life?
More family oriented?
More things to do?
Best food?
Best bars?


Thanks for any help you can give.

I've been to Key West many times, and while I love it, I think it's too commercial and too crowded, any time of the year. I like Islamorada or Marathon better.
 

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Right. A few details.

Probably a late September early October trip.
Just to get away and relax. See some place we've never been.
Warm sun. Warm water. Sand. Palm trees. Walks. Swimming.

I do want to drive THAT drive too.

Probably fly into Miami. Rent car.

Be careful of going that time of year, Dragon. It's still hurricane season. I've never been stuck in the Keys during hurricane season, but I'm not sure it's a place I'd want to be. I'd recommend the Keys in the late winter/early spring, renting a car as you said from Miami and driving there.
 

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Be careful of going that time of year, Dragon. It's still hurricane season. I've never been stuck in the Keys during hurricane season, but I'm not sure it's a place I'd want to be. I'd recommend the Keys in the late winter/early spring, renting a car as you said from Miami and driving there.

Some time ya gotta roll the dice. It's gonna be fall of 2016, or not until 2018 or later.

Tell me about Islamorada. If you can. Please.
 

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Some time ya gotta roll the dice. It's gonna be fall of 2016, or not until 2018 or later.

Tell me about Islamorada. If you can. Please.

Teeny island. Maybe 8 miles or so from end to end. Fabulous water sports. Not crowded at all. To me it's almost sleepy, which is part of its charm. But that said, there are great hotels and restaurants there.
 

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I would love to do some kayaking in crystal clear blue water.

I would love to try some very basic snorkeling in water where we can see something beyond our own hands.
 

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Right. A few details.

Probably a late September early October trip.
Just to get away and relax. See some place we've never been.
Warm sun. Warm water. Sand. Palm trees. Walks. Swimming.

I do want to drive THAT drive too.

Probably fly into Miami. Rent car.

That is a nicer time of year. As for hurricanes, yeah, they happen and if it is the wrong time of year, you just don't go. I've stayed here, although before it was a Marriott (Key West Hotels Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel Florida Keys

I think Key West is more of a self contained experience. Except for Key Largo, every other key is missing something. The beach at the above Marriott is probably the nicest beach in the Keys. I don't know much about snorkeling, so I can't comment on that.

Just keep an eye on the weather forecast and make your plans accordingly.
 

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I've never been. Lived in Florida all my life. Not really a fan of the place because south Florida is anti dog. I just don't get that place. I guess it is what happens when you jam so many people in. Anyway. If anyone knows of pro dog locations down there I would love to visit just once. Some good history.


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That is a nicer time of year. As for hurricanes, yeah, they happen and if it is the wrong time of year, you just don't go. I've stayed here, although before it was a Marriott (Key West Hotels Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel Florida Keys

I think Key West is more of a self contained experience. Except for Key Largo, every other key is missing something. The beach at the above Marriott is probably the nicest beach in the Keys. I don't know much about snorkeling, so I can't comment on that.

Just keep an eye on the weather forecast and make your plans accordingly.

It is Florida. I got the weather forecasts: muggy and and warm at night. Sun's up it is warm to hot to surface of the sun. Then it will rain. Then it will be even more humid.

;)


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