Key Largo is the first island of the Florida Keys and the originating point of the Overseas Highway (U.S. 1) which is 113 miles long and ends in Key West. Self-proclaimed as the “Diving Capital of World” Key Largo is the largest of the Keys stretching for 33 miles, and is a very popular tourist destination for scuba divers, snorkelers, and sport-fishermen.
With a population of 10,433 (2010 Census), Key Largo has an average age of 51, which attests it is also a popular spot for retirees. The island features a Coral Reef State Park and a Botanical State Park along with eco-tourism, dolphin encounter programs and an underwater hotel. The movie Key Largo, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, was filmed here. Picture of Key Largo Harbor courtesy of Wikipedia and Elmschrat; picture of the Overseas Highway courtesy of Wikipedia and Averette; picture of December Sunset, Key Largo courtesy of Wikipedia and Mark Winograd.
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There are several styles of homes from which to choose including vacation homes, condos and townhouses. Zillow reports the median home value to be $555,500 in mid-2016. There are communities in Key Largo, see link at right.
What is special about Key Largo
Key Largo offers great fishing and many charters and eco tours. There are also numerous water activities including snorkeling in reefs full of marine life, scuba diving, and kayaking. The town is also home to an underwater State Park.
What is not special about Key Largo
Very high cost of living; not a place for walking or biking; there are no sandy beaches here
Who will like retirement in Key Largo
Retirees who enjoy boating and fishing and who want a a town with beautiful scenery, parks, and plenty of water activities would enjoy living here.
Local economy is driven by
Contruction and Tourism drive the economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
The average January temperature here is 71 degrees with July's average at 84 degrees. There is not much rain during the winter months, with June being the wettest. However, unpredictable storms are a possibility during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Key Largo hosts many food festivals throughout the year, and there are many dining choices- seafood of course, and Cuban cusine with great Cuban coffee. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is loated here along with the iconic vessel, the African Queen made famous in a 1951 movie. Everglades National Park is also nearby. But for more fun and culture with art galleries, music and great festivities, you can follow Route 1 to Key West.
The crime rate in Key Largo is low.
The nearest hospital is in Tavernier, about 10 miles south.
There are shuttles between the Keys; The closest intenational airport is in Miami, about 60 miles away; Key Largo is not considered a walkable or bike friendly community
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