The ultimate guide to a Florida Keys weekend getaway. The Keys are gorgeous tropical islands dotting the stretch of 120 miles out to the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida. The Keys are located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. They’re known for their abundant water activities! Making these islands the perfect spot for your adventure! Enjoy the Florida Keys beach hopping, boating, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
Florida Keys Weekend Getaway
Logan and I took a weekend getaway through the Florida keys in a Camaro convertible. We started our drive in Key Largo, then made the 2-hour drive south to the southernmost point of the continental U.S. Key West.
Pro Tip: if you are driving a convertible (which I highly suggest) make sure you wear sunscreen!
Each U.S. state is very different from one another. They each have their own culture, traditions, and diversity. To experience the Florida Keys as a local would, we stopped at several State Parks on our way down to Key West. Enjoying the incredible views as we drove with the top down, and the sun on our faces.
Visiting the Florida Keys State Parks
Daily passes for entry into the state parks vary depending on the number of vehicle occupants; prices range from $4.00-$10.00 USD
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
- Long Key State Park
- Curry Hammock State Park
- Bahia Honda State Park
- Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
- Key West
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Stay the night on a yacht
Long Key State Park
This park has hike-in, tent-only campsites right on the ocean that are available. Each tent site comes with a picnic table, grill, and hammock stand; no electric or water hookups. Restrooms with cold outdoor showers are available to campers. The campground is pet-friendly!
Download Long Key State Park Map
Stay at the Lime Tree Bay Resort
Curry Hammock State Park
Stay at Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort
Bahia Honda State Park
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Effective Oct. 12, 2021: Bahia Honda State Park is open. Due to the park’s popularity, the park may close when it reaches maximum capacity in its day-use areas. During these temporary closures, arriving visitors will be asked to return later. We recommend arriving early on weekends and holidays. Shade is limited on our sandy beaches. We suggest bringing umbrellas or sunshades or renting them from our concessionaire. The concession offers chairs, snorkeling equipment, kayak rentals, and a variety of snacks and lunches.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
We ended up in Key West, where we spent two days exploring the town. Our original plans were to take a seaplane out to Dry Tortugas National Park for the day. Unfortunately, our flight was canceled the morning we were scheduled to depart. With no Ferry Boat tickets available and no way to reach the island, we were unable to visit this time. After two days in the keys, we made the journey north back to the mainland. We spent our last day exploring the Everglades!
Love the Keys! We just came back from a short visit to Key West and I want to go back ASAP. I think a road trip to visit all of the state parks would be amazing. Your pics are beautiful, by the way 😀
Beautiful place & great photos. You’ve given me a new place to add to my list!
The colour of the water is insane! I had no idea there were so many State parks in this part of Florida. I can totally see why you loved it though! wowza!!
I just googled Dry Tortugas – woooah that looks beautiful too! It’s all good, you can keep going back. 🙂
Sold on the Florida keys & Everglades! Lived in CA my whole life & haven’t made it there but I’m looking at it from life in Europe now thinking I need some clear, blue waters ASAP!
The colour of the water is amazing!
Are all the images taken by you? They are of great quality 🙂
We love a good trip and we are doing one to the Keys next year. This is really timely and helpful. Thanks for the great tips and love your pictures
The Keys are a great location for a weekend getaway. I love Key West and Key Largo, but there are other locations in between that also are quite enjoyable.
I’ve only been once, and that was when a dear friend got married in a really cool scuba wedding! I’ve been wanting to go back and check out all the Keys has to offer!
It’s absolutely gorgeous there! I would love to visit for a vacation. I haven’t been to the beach in so long.
We were just there not too long ago. Love that it’s not too far from our home and we can enjoy time there with family and friends.
This is a nice guide. Florida has beautiful beaches. I wish I can go Florida Keys someday.
What a lovely nature trip! I like outings like these where the kids can go out and run and soak in the sun. 🙂 I miss Florida…
I went to the Keys after my senior year of high school but I think it was kind of lost on me. Would love to go again. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
We are hoping to get that way next summer. Florida Keys looks like the most chill place to just relax and let life’s stresses just melt away.
All that water is so beautiful. I need a beach vacation like right now.
you can get some great deals on flights!
The view is stunning. It must’ve been really relaxing to stay there.
If I could it would be a place where I would like to escape for more than a week!
make it happen girl! its so beautiful there