Florida Keys by Mile Marker
Information about the attractions and islands in the Florida Keys organized by mile marker on the Overseas Highway section of U.S. Highway One.
Entering the Keys
Gilbert’s Resort, Marina, and Tiki Bar
104.5: Florida Bay Outfitters (paddling)
103.5 - The 1920s Key Largo Rock Castle, End of Oceana Drive, Oceanside.
103.4 - Marvin Adams Waterway Bridge (The Cut), a canal that connects Atlantic to Florida Bay
102.8 - YAK - John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park entrance, oceanside: A great place to take a snorkeling trip or kayak through mangrove tunnels. If you want to camp, you can (and should) make reservations up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America.
102 - Need a free place to stop for picnic? Behind the Key Largo government center (bayside) there’s a pretty little waterfront park area with covered picnic tables. Folks who live on boats moored just off shore come and go from here via dinghy or kayak.
101.5 - Hobo’s. This has long been one of my favorites stops on the way home from the Keys. Good food at the right price. Can’t go wrong.
101.2 - Hibiscus Park, Oceanside. The was the center of the 1880s community of Newport.
100.0 - Divers Direct. Massive store catering to scuba divers, snorkelers and other water sports.
99. 7 - The African Queen, the actual 100-year-old steamboat from the 1951 Humphrey Bogart-Katherine Hepburn film, is moored next to the Holiday Inn oceanside here. You can take a 90-minute cruise or a two-hour dinner trip. Here are details on cruising on the African Queen.
98.0 - Landings of Largo, gulfside; Moose Lodge oceanside; Everglades Park Ranger Station, gulfside. 1st Baptist Church, oceanside; Shell World (center road); Rock Harbor Club, gulfside.
95 to 100 - This was the early community of Rock Harbor. A small railroad depot was also here. The name of the post office here was Rock Harbor until the 1948 Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall film Key Largo inspired residents to cash in on that success and seek a name change. In 1952, the postal service agreed and the post office was renamed Key Largo.
95.8 –Harriette’s Diner. Popular eatery for locals. Read the reviews on Urban Spoon.
95.2 - Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary building.
94.8 - Seaside community, oceanside. The 1900s Thompson line packing house was in this area.
93.6 - Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, gulfside. Wander along a boardwalk through a mangrove forest at this volunteer-run wildlife-rehab facility with an informal, backyard feel. The center is free, though you may want to stuff some dollars into the donation box. It’s open from sunrise to sunset. You’re free to wander without anyone hassling you. It’s a great place to bring kids; a stop will only take 15 or 20 minutes, unless you decide to linger. Read more about a visit here.
92.6 - Burton Drive, Harry Harris Park oceanside. This small park has a man-made beach, picnic tables, a picnic shelter and a playground. It’s a great stop for a picnic or swim on your roadtrip. There is a $5 admission for those over 16 on Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. Incidentally, the early community of Planter was here.
92.0 - YAK - Bottle Key Launch. Public boat launch, bayside. Turn right onto Jo-Jean Way.
91.9 - Old Tavernier Post office; Old Settlers Park, oceanside historic Tavernier Hotel, oceanside. This was the center of the early community of Tavernier.
91.6 - Mariner’s Hospital. Bayside.
91.0 - Tavernier Creek Bridge; enter Islamorada; Tavernier Creek Marina, Plantation Marina, gulfside
90.1 - Plantation Key Colony community entrance, gulfside. There’s a large Indian mound in the center of the subdivision.
87.0 - YAK Founders Park and Beach. This public park has a beach, marina, boat ramps, baseball fields, skate park and kayak rentals.
86.7 - Rain Barrel Artisan’s Village . It’s fun to browse the arts and crafts here. And everybody has to get their picture taken with the giant lobster out front.
85.5 - Snake Creek Bridge; Coast Guard Station, gulfside. Enter Windley Key.
85.3 - Hog Heaven Bar & Grill. A popular sports bar and seafood restaurant before you get to Holiday Isle. You can’t miss the sign. The restaurant is tucked in behind a building on the oceanside. A frequent stop for bikers and tourists.
85.3 - Windley Key State Fossil Reef Geological Site, gulfside. Windley Key is worth a stop. It’s an old quarry where fossilized coral was acquired for use in building Flagler’s Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Visitors can walk along 8-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation. There are also some short self-guided trails through the native vegetation. The park has picnic tables.
84.3 - This was the center of the community of Quarry that thrived during the construction of the railroad.
84.2 - Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, it’s the second oldest marine mammal attraction in the world. Its salt water lagoon was originally a quarry for Flagler’s Overseas Railway. Offers live dolphin shows, exhibits, a private swimming area and various ways to interact with dolphin, sea lions or rays for additional charges.
84.2 - Holiday Isle. The “world famous” tiki bar is a regular stop for many travelers to the Keys for their first Pina Colada. The tiki bar is funky, the way the Keys used to be, and it anchors a massive complex of motels, restaurants, bars and beaches. The marina’s docks are filled with charter fishing boats. You can also rent jet skis, kayaks or boats. Like many places in the Keys, Holiday Isle lays its own claim to “Kokomo” beach, made famous by the Beach Boys song of the same name.
84 - Whale Harbor Bridge spans a waterway that connects the ocean and Florida Bay at Whale Harbor. Oceanside, there is a long, shallow sandbar that is popular with swimmers. On weekends, you’ll see the boats lined up at anchor.
83.5 - Whale Harbor Restaurants and Marina. Three restaurants and a cool tiki bar overlook the marina and a fleet of charter fishing boats. The restaurant that draws the biggest crowds is Whale Harbor’s “World Famous Seafood Buffet,” where an unbelievable variety of seafood is laid out every night for the hungry masses. If you prefer more formal dining, veer right as you enter the building for linen tablecloths of the Brazilian steakhouse, Braza Lena. Next door, on the bridge side of the complex, Wahoo’s Bar and Grill is high above the marina overlooking the inlet. The outdoor tiki bar is really nice and a bit less funky than the more famous Holiday Isle tiki bar across the channel.
82.2 - Islamorada Chamber of Commerce Red Caboose
82 - Lorelei Resaurant and Cabana Bar, gulfside. Lorelei’s big mermaid sign on US 1 says: Relax, you’re finally in the Keys. Lorelei’s is a great place to pause for refreshments. It’s all open air with tables around a lagoon. It’s especially popular at sunset.
81.5 - Islamorada Library and park, gulfside; Hurricane Memorial; Cheeca Lodge, Oceanside. The library and the Hurricane Monument were constructed after the devastating 1935 hurricane. It’s worth stopping at the monument and considering the impact of this historic storm.
81.2 - Worldwide Sportsman is a part of the Bass Pro Shops empire, offering a wealth of fishing tackle, outdoors gear, boating accessories and clothing. On display inside is a classic Keys wooden fishing vessel, the kind Ernest Hemingway once patronized. You can also arrange charters here on more modern fishing boats.
81.3 - Green Turtle Inn. Oceanside. Notable eatery with a history back to the 1940s. Popular port of call for “barstool sailors,” if you get my drift.
80.0 - Roadside park, bayside
79.8 - Bud and Mary’s Marina oceanside at the foot of Tea Table Relief Bridge.
79.1 - Tea Table Channel Bridge
78.0 - YAK Indian Key Bridge. Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site, bayside in distance. Lignumvitae Key Boat Ramp gulfside; Indian Key Archaeological Site, San Pedro Underwater State Park and Alligator Lighthouse, oceanside at a distance.
77.9 - YAK - Lignumvitae Bridge
77.5 - YAK Robbie’s Marina, bayside. No trip to the Keys is complete without a stop to feed the tarpon at Robbie’s Marina. You can rent kayaks or arrange tours to Lignumvitae Key or Indian Key at the marina. Fishing charters also available. The Hungry Tarpon is a funky wooden fish shack built in 1947, a good place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with outdoor seating overlooking the marina.
75.0 - YAK Sea Oats Beach.
74.0 - Calusa Cove Marina.
73.6 - Boy Scouts Sea Base, gulfside; Calusa Cove Marina. Oceanside. Gulfside was the location of Camp 3 for WW-I veterans. Many perished in the 1935 hurricane.
73.4 - Anne’s Beach, Oceanside. Anne’s beach is a lovely, sandy free beach, so shallow you can wade out great distances. The shore is lined with mangroves, through which a boardwalk, with periodic picnic tables, weaves. Anne’s Beach has limited parking and is very popular. If you can get a space, it makes a nice 20 minute stop in your roadtrip to wade in the shallow water.
73.0 - Channel 2 Bridge. Off shore on the bayside can be seen the remains of eight concrete bridge pilings built by the WW-1 veterans. Excellent fishing off the bridge in the channel.
71.8 - Craig Key
71.0 - Channel 5 Bridge. Considered by locals to provide the best bridge fishing in the Keys on the old bridges, which extend from both ends of the new bridge. Plenty of paved parking and access.
67.5 - YAK Long Key State Park, Oceanside. It’s hard to find a more scenic camping spot anywhere. At Long Key, campers can set up right on the beach. The park is popular for its beach, kayaking and fishing.
6.5 - YAK Long Key bayside. Decent sized pullover on the bay side, outside of Long Key State Park. Drop your kayak over the low wall.
70.0 - Fiesta Key RV Park and Marina.
66.5 - YAK - Kayak launch pulloff.
65.8 - Henry Flagler’s Long Key Fishing Camp occupied the southwest end of Long Key. In the early part of the 20th Century,this famed recreation outpost was visited by Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and adventurer Zane Gray.
64.0 - Middle of Long Key Bridge.
62.2 - Walker’s Island (Little Conch Key)
61.2 - Tom’s Harbor Cut Bridge
61.1 - Entrance to Duck Key; Hawk’s Cay Resort, Oceanside
60.6 - YAK Tom’s Harbor Channel Bridge. Oceanside launch and pullover. Good fishing!
59.9 - Enter/leave City of Marathon
59 - Grassy Key, Dolphin Research Center. The focus of this not-for-profit facility is on education. Rather than choreographed shows, trainers hold informative sessions as visitors stand on the dock around open-water tanks. Many ways to interact with dolphins are available for an extra fee.
56 - YAK Curry Hammock State Park offers swimming, a playground, picnic tables and some of the most sought-after camp sites in the Keys. Day visitors can launch kayaks from the beach and paddle coves and trails. There’s a 1.5-mile nature trail for hiking, and you can bike along the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.
54 - Entrance to Village of Key Colony Beach, Oceanside. Take the Sadowski Causeway/6th Street to the end and turn right on W. Ocean Drive for the Key Colony Inn, one of the best restaurants in the Keys. Prices are moderate and the seafood selection outstanding. Truly, a hidden gem off the beaten path. The same causeway passes another good waterfront seafood bar and restaurant, Sparky’s Landing, which has indoor and outdoor seating and live music.
53.5 - YAK Island Boat Ramp. Public boat ramp adjacent to The Island Fish Company Tiki Bar & Restaurant, which is also a great place to eat and drink. It has the longest covered tiki bar in the Keys and is ideal setting for watching sunsets.
53.1 - Vaca Cut Bridge, entering the business district of Marathon next 8 miles.
52.0 - Marathon County Airport, bayside
50.5 - Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, gulfside. Admission: Adults $12.50, children 5-13 $8.50 and 4 and under free.
50.0 - YAK Sombrero Beach. There are few “real” public beaches in the Keys, and this is one of them. Turn south at the light (Publix Shopping Center) and follow Sombrero Beach Road to the end. Plenty of parking.
49.0 - The Stuffed Pig. Bob’s favorite breakfast destination in Marathon.
48.5 - The Turtle Hospital. Located in a former motel bayside on the Overseas Highway, the Turtle Hospital supports its program of rescuing and rehabilitating about 100 injured sea turtles a year through the admission price paid by visitors. A 90-minute educational tour is given several times a day. Visitors meet the injured sea turtles up close and get to throw some feed into their tanks.
48.0 - Turnoff to Chiki Tiki Bar and Grille at Burdines Waterfront, one of the best casual restaurants and tiki bars in the Keys. To find it, you turn east on 15th Street in Marathon, wind past an old trailer park and stacks of lobster traps, and arrive in a large working marina in a protected harbor. The Chiki Tiki is up a flight of stairs, giving you an excellent vantage point and a breeze.
47.5 - Porky’s Bayside BBQ and Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway, the place to be in the 1950's when it was known at Bill Thompson’s Villas and Marina. Such notables as Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Hoffa, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher were regular visitors. Reviews on Yelp! and Trip Advisor are quite complimentary, with special kudos for the atmosphere and tasty barbecue dishes.
47.2 - Knight’s Key Campground. Oceanside. There are 192 RV sites, some waterfront with dockage, and prime location at the foot of the Seven Mile Bridge. Many amenities nearby, as well as the “old bridge” and Pigeon Key. For reservations, call (305) 743-4343.
47.0 - East end of Seven Mile Bridge. Access to bridge is gulfside. Pigeon Key visitor’s center is oceanside. Here’s another road-trip must-do: You have to get out and take a stroll on the bridge. Here’s more about walking or biking the Old Seven Mile Bridge.
44.8 - Pigeon Key. gulf side
43.9 - Moser Channel, apogee of Seven-Mile Bridge. Sombrero Light House seen at a distance, oceanside
41.7 - End of original steel truss railroad bridge and begin concrete arch bridge
40.0 - End/begin Seven Mile Bridge
39.9 - YAK Veterans Memorial Park. This small, free oceanside park just south of the Seven Mile Bridge is a great place to stop for a picnic or to use the restroom. Picnic tables are under chickee huts, there’s a beach where you can wade or swim and palm trees lean like they are waiting to be captured in a postcard. It’s also an easy kayak launch. If it’s crowded, there’s also a large parking area and a small boat ramp bayside.
39.5 - Missouri-Little Duck Channel Bridge
39.0 - Ohio-Missouri Channel Bridge
38.8 - Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina. Crowded in winter.
38.7 - Ohio- Bahia Honda Channel Bridge
36.8 - YAK Bahia Honda State Park entrance, oceanside. In my view, Bahia Honda is the best of the state parks in the Keys. It offers a great beach and snorkeling, good kayaking and the old camelback bridge is an awesome sight up close. On top of that, there are campsites and several well-equipped, reasonably priced cabins. Of course, campsites and cabins book up many months in advance, so plan ahead to stay overnight. Book your campsite reservations through Reserve America.
36.0 - Bahia Honda Bridge (4-lanes); you can view the old railroad camelback bridge on the oceanside.
35.0 - YAK Bahia Honda Bridge launch. At the west end (towards Key West), access to both ocean and bay.
34.5 - Girl Scout Camp, oceanside.
34.1 - Camp Sawyer, Boy Scouts, oceanside.
34.0 - West Summerland Key
33.7 - YAK Spanish Harbor Bridge Boat Ramp. (East end of bridge, Marathon side.) Paddle to No Name Key and a cluster of other islands off Big Pine.
33.8 - YAK - Boat ramp alongside highway.
33.0 - Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and RV Campground - This private 10-acre campground has 94 RV sites with full hookups, some waterfront, and a primitive camp area with 58 tent sites. Also, motel rooms and a full-service marina, with a boat ramp. Lots of hiking, biking and paddling opportunities nearby. The lodge does not have a web site, but there are many positive reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
32.8 - YAK Long Beach. Adjacent to Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge, take Long Beach Road about a half-mile. Turn left onto dirt road to Long Beach. There are three launch points.
31.0 - Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Old F.E.C. railway marker, oceanside
30.2 - Big Pine Key traffic light is the gateway to the island and the National Key Deer Wildlife Refuge.
29.3 - North Pine Channel Bridge
28.1 - Little Torch Key. Parmers Resort is highly rated on TripAdvisor and worth checking out if you want save a little money over accommodations in Key West. The resort is off U.S. 1 on Barry Avenue. (Turn right immediately after crossing the North Pine Channel Bridge.) Well-maintained cabins and motel rooms on the water.
28.0 - Torch Channel Bridge
27.8 - YAK Middle Torch Key Causeway. Go north off U.S. 1 for several miles to Big Torch Key sign. Turn left. Launch from second and third culverts along this road.
27.7 - Torch-Ramrod Channel Bridge
26.6 - South Pine Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside
27.5 - Boondocks Grille and Drafthouse. This is a hot spot in the Keys, a huge covered outdoor tiki bar and restaurant that regularly features top-notch entertainment, especially in season. The food reasonably priced, and bands often add this venue to their Key West bookings.
27.0 - Ramrod Key, Named for a ship, the Ramrod, wrecked on a reef south of here in the early nineteenth century.
26.0 - Niles Channel Bridge, middle.
25.1 - The Wharf Bar and Grill. A funky little fish shack on the bay side, just after the bridge, with inside and outside dining on the dock. A lot of local fishermen sell their catch here, and it’s always fresh. Prices are reasonable, too. They also have a fish market inside the restaurant.
24.9 - YAK Summerland Key. Take Horace Street (bayside) to Northside Drive (2nd right) and turn left on Niles Road. Go to the end of Niles Road (about 1.5 miles). Launch is on your left.
24.0 - Summerland Key Sea Base
23.5 - Kemp Channel Bridge, east end of bridge, oceanside
22.2 - YAK Spoonbill Sound Hammocks. Launch is on gulf side (Cudjoe Key). Check out the nearby salt ponds for photo ops.
21.0 - YAK Cudjoe Gardens Marina, where you can rent kayaks and/or join guided kayak tours. U.S. Navy’s “Fat Albert” site, gulfside. “Fat Albert“ is a white radar blimp, used for drug interdiction missions by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
20.2 - Bow Channel Bridge to Sugarloaf Key.
20.0 - Sugarloaf Key RV Park.
20.0 - Mangrove Mama’s. One of the most popular restaurants in the Lower Keys.
19.0 - YAK Sugarloaf Sound. Oceanside, near yellow traffic barrier, there’s a short path to the launch site.
18.6 - Upper Sugarloaf Key
18.8 - Park Channel Bridge
17.8 - North Harris Channel Bridge
17.6 - Harris Gap Channel Bridge
17.5 - Lower Sugarloaf Key
17.0 - YAK Blinking light, Take Sugarloaf Blvd (oceanside) about two miles to stop sign, then another two miles to Sugarloaf Creek bridge. Park on west side of bridge.
16.0 - YAK Harris Channel Bridge. Good access off U.S. 1 to both bay and oceanside.
15.8 - Lower Sugarloaf Channel Bridge
15.0 - Baby’s Coffee. If you’re not drinking Baby’s Coffee, then your just drinking coffee. Beans roasted fresh daily.
14.6 - Saddlebunch #2 Bridge
14.5 - Blue Water Key RV Park.
14.2 - YAK Saddlebunch #3 Bridge. Pullover on oceanside; launch under bridge.
13.1 - Saddlebunch #4 Bridge
12.8 - Saddlebunch #5 Bridge
11.4 - Shark Channel Bridge
11.0 - YAK Shark Key Boat Ramp, oceanside.
10.5 - Seaside Park, Fire house; SR 941 AKA Old Boca Chica Road, Ocean, to Geiger Key.
10.4 - Porpoise Point entrance, gulfside
10.0 - Big Coppitt Key. Take Boca Chica Road south to the Geiger Key Marina, where you’ll find a another popular tiki bar, fishing charters, a smokehouse and tiki bar with waterfront dining and a small RV campground with dockside sites. Daily campsite rates are a bit dear ($100/night), but you are on the “back side” of Key West.
9.7 - Rockland Channel Bridge
9.2 - East Rockland Key
8.5 - Tourist welcome center
8.0 - NAS Boca Chica Overpass; Entrance to Key West Naval Air Station. Oceanside. Turnoff from both directions on US-1. (I’m told they have an RV campground for active military personnel and veterans, but I have no idea how you book the sites. And I’m also told the sites are often full.)
6.1 - YAK Boca Chica Channel bridge. Launch on either end of the bridge. Ample parking.
5.3 - YAK Public Boat Ramp. Oceanside ramp between Boca Chica and Stock Island. Heavily used.
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