Neighborhood Information

The Florida Keys

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles south of Miami, and extend southwest to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west. More than 95% of the land area lies in Monroe County, but a small portion extends northeast into Miami-Dade County. The total land area is 137.3 square miles and much of the population is concentrated in a few areas of much higher density, such as the city of Key West, which has 32% of the entire population of the Florida Keys.

The main chain of Keys islands can be traveled by motor vehicles on the Overseas Highway, a 127-mile section of US1 which runs from Key West to Fort Kent, Maine in its entirety. There are 42 bridges connecting the chain of Florida Keys. The longest is the famous 7-mile bridge, which is 35,716 feet long. The shortest is Harris Gap at only 37 feet long. Fifteen percent (15%) of travel time in the Keys is spent on bridges. Public bus service connects the entire Florida Keys island chain from Key West to Marathon and Miami-Dade Transit operates buses from Marathon to Florida City. There are two airports with commercial flights located in the Keys, one in Marathon near mile marker 50 and the other in Key West.

Life in the Keys is easygoing, with the major industries being tourism and fishing. The Keys offer some of the finest fishing and diving in the world and are the home of the only living Coral Reef in the Continental United States. Key Largo is the first island south of the Florida mainland, and Key West is approximately 100 miles south of Key Largo. In between are the lovely islands of Islamorada, Long Key, Marathon, Big Pine Key and many more. Key Largo is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Miami International Airport and Key West is roughly another 2 hour drive south past Key Largo.

Zip Codes:

Search Tip: You’ll find specific areas of The Keys associated with the following ZIP codes:

  • Key West to Bay Point:: 33040
  • Sugarloaf Key to Little Torch Key: 33042
  • Big Pine Key to Bahia Honda: 33043
  • Marathon to Duck Key: 33050
  • Key Colony Beach: 33051
  • Layton: 33001
  • Islamorada: 33036
  • Tavernier: 33070
  • Key Largo: 33037

The Florida Keys Map