The 1982 song Key Largo, by Bertie Higgins, made Key Largo more than just a place in the Florida Keys. The vocals imparted the feeling of a free and beautiful lifestyle here in the islands. Two people falling in love surrounded by clear blue water and day long carefree fun. Well, Key Largo comes close to matching the images the lyrics paint.
At the very entry way into the Keys, a 100 mile stretch of islands that ends in Key West, Key Largo has the Atlantic Ocean to the south and Florida Bay on the north. Fishing offers both careers and recreation for those living of the island. There may be as many boats in Key Largo as cars! Tourists and weekenders from Miami flood the restaurants and bars during season and weekends year round. Most end up participating in some form of water sport.
Along the side of US 1, the federal highway you are on stands mile markers every mile. They start in Key Largo at about
MM 106 and end in Key West at MM0 . Key Largo in also the name of a 1948 movie starring Humphrey Bogart. Part of that movie was filmed at the Caribbean Club at MM 104.1.
At MM104 you will find Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill. The former Dallas coach serves some rather good food and has a huge tiki bar built over the water. The Big Chill has occasional entertainment and great views of the bay.
At MM 100 you will find one of the locals’ favorite restaurants called The Lazy Lobster. This gem gas not only the freshest seafood in town, but they have their own seafood market inside. If fishing was on your agenda, The Lazy Lobster will cook your catch. This is our most highly recommended restaurant in the area.
By the time you get to MM 100, you may be getting hungry. If so, look for Skippers Dockside. It is a little off the main road, but the food is better than average. Try the shrimp ceviche for a good Florida appetizer.
Two Marriott Resorts!
If you are looking for a place to stay before you complete your journey to Key West, the Marriott Resort at MM103.8 is excellent. The Marriott’s sunset bar Breezer’s is a fabulous place for some appetizers and watching the sun creep into the bay. The photo at the left was taken from the landing at Breezer’s.
The Marriott has docking for your boat if fishing or diving is on your mind. A huge pool is surrounded by the buildings housing the rooms and another outdoor tiki bar at one end.
On down the road at MM 97.5 is another hotel option. Marriott has another property by the name of Playa Largo Resort and Spa. This resort has even more amenities than the other
resort. This one has a small beach, a bar in the sand and several restaurants. This Marriott is much fancier than the one at MM 103. The price is reflected in the difference!
While Key Largo is the largest island city in the chain, the most famous is Key West. The fact that Key Largo is the entryway into the Keys and many visitors discover the charm of the area on their way to Key West.