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!