The string of tiny islands that make up the Florida Keys have seen something of a luxury makeover in the last few years: think plush, boutique hotels and beachfront houses, upscale eateries serving up the freshest of seafood and thrilling water sports. With warm year-round temperatures, regular flights and plenty of diversity, the Keys also offer a very good alternative to the Caribbean - particularly for couples and families who want more than a tropical beach flop.
With beautiful freshwater lagoons and one of the longest coral reefs in the world, divers and snorkellers will be in their element. Swimming with turtles and dolphins is a wonderful reality, and for sports-fishing fanatics, the Keys offer some of the best fishing opportunities in the world.
Where to stay? There are gorgeous boutique hideaways that nestle on pristine beaches, and plenty of culture to be had as you visit Ernest Hemingway’s clapperboard home. Wander amongst street artists, and see the remnants of the 1910 railway bridges that run alongside today’s Overseas Highway.
To make the most of a luxury trip to the Florida Keys, we highly recommend hiring a car and combining stays at several hotels. Check out our active Florida Keys holiday, which takes in highlights such as Key Largo and Key West, as well as colourful Art Deco-inspired Miami, or enjoy a self-drive holiday to Miami and the Florida Keys and travel along the Overseas Highway in style. These two beautiful destinations also make for a perfect honeymoon.
Take a look at our pick of the Keys' best luxury hotels below, and call us on 020 7337 9010 to plan your own perfect tailor-made escape to the Florida Keys.