Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, The Lower Keys & Key West
Key Largo Community
Romantic, exotic Key Largo. It's a perfect setting for an adventure and excitement, or a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Key Largo is the first of the Florida Keys. If you are visiting for the first time, it will be your first real taste of our islands.
Unless you arrive by air in the Keys, getting to Key largo requires driving U.S. 1, also know as the 18 mile stretch. This 18 mile drive is the buffer from the mainland, moving you from city life to a laid back island way. Instead of rushing, slow down. The more you drive south the more the views will amaze you, often times offering views of both the Atlantic ocean and Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Key Largo stretches for 30 miles, making it the largest of the Florida Keys. With it's reputation as the Diving Capital of the World, Key Largo draws millions of visitors each year. Many come to take advantage of the underwater beauty and adventure offered by the only living coral reefs in the continental U.S. The reefs run the entire length of the Florida Keys just a few miles offshore. The island's dive and snorkel shops offer everything for underwater excursions.
Spanish explorers called it Cayo Largo, or long island. However, film buffs associate Key Largo with the movie of the same name. Filmed in 1948 starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, the movie caused the name change for the area from Rock Harbor to Key Largo. And holding true to the glittering era of classic films, the original steamboat used in another Bogart film, The African Queen calls Key Largo it's home port.
Beginning in 2013, Key Largo became home to the Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. This event is held annually and offers it's guests the opportunity to see the movie Key Largo in Key Largo... outdoors under the stars on a big screen. And that is how they kick off the celebration! Now in it's third year, the festival features Bogart films as well as other classics. It has had featured guests such as Stephen Bogart, son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, famed movie critic Leonard Maltin, HOB's Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston and many others. Festival goers get the chance to see multi classic movies, get autographs, attend casual parties, special events and mingle with the VIP's throughout the festival.
Key Largo Facts and Figures
Area / Elevation
5,186 acres - 8 feet
Ocean Reef - 33036
Key Largo - 33037
Tavernier - 33070
Florida Keys Community College (305) 852-2737
Coral Shores High School (305) 853-3222
Key Largo School K-8 (305) 451-1511
Plantation Key School K-8 (305) 853-3281
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce (305) 451-1414
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