A Honeymoon for the Adventurous Couple

Key Largo caters to every couple. There’s room for activity and adventure, as well as lounging near the lagoon during sunset. Whatever your honeymoon goals are, you will be sure to find a fit at Largo. We take pride in our inclusive opportunities to partake in the miracles of the earth. This honeymoon destination continues to captivate couples seeking adventure and experience.

Diving

Key Largo is the diving capital of the world! We cater to the experienced scuba divers and novice snorkelers. The Gulf of Mexico lends a vast territory that you can explore. Our guests meet a diverse wildlife, from dolphins to sea turtles. We invite you to take to the depths where shipwrecks have settled along the ocean floor. Key Largo is home to a fleet of sunken ships that date as far back as 1733. Among them are the Spanish Galleon wrecks, and the US Coast Guard Cutter The Duane. The various wreck sites invite different levels of experience. The Duane is for the more experienced and licensed scuba divers. Yet, The Benwood and the City of Washington sunk in shallow water. These are accessible to snorkelers! The sunken ships have become home to coral reefs and abundant wildlife that animate the area. There is no better way to become one with the sea than diving head first into it.

Boating

The most simple vehicles we offer are kayaks and paddle boards. Our visitors love to use these boats for sunrise cruises along the coast. We maintain 2 boats of a greater caliber. “The Dream” is a 42-foot sailboat that carries up to 6 passengers. We often take her out for sunset sails. The Dream is also available for an all-day cruise with our Largo Captain. The 21-ft 200 horsepower boat goes on ecosystem tours of the Everglades National Park. You can go fishing in the backcountry, or travel to a popular snorkeling location. This boat can accommodate up to 4 passengers. If you seek deep-sea fishing adventures we can set you up with a local private charter.

Wildlife

Experience South Florida’s wildlife outside of our private sanctuary! Our Everglades tour takes you to the middle of Florida’s most important ecosystem. You can discover the natural disposition of local alligators, tropical birds, and plant-life. Or we can set you up to swim with the dolphins on the Gulf of Mexico. Key Largo is diverse, but Florida specific… a trip south without this exposure wouldn’t be the same.

Newlywed couples get immersed the water culture and wildlife we endow. We encourage all explorers to join us! There is a lot to see and do. The start of your lives together should be an amazing adventure.

 

A Honeymoon for History Buffs

Before the 19th century, the Florida Keys were only accessible by boat. Even then, the voyage near the Gulf Stream would not end well for traveling ships. There were more casualties due to the flourishing coral reefs and shallow water. The reefs left ships in pieces and salvage crews from the Keys made more riches by collecting treasures from the ocean floor.  

Hispaniola and the surrounding islands referred to islands as “Los Cayos” (a low bank of coral reef, rock, or sand). When the islands were mapped, the longest key, 30 miles long, became known as Cayo Largo. Over time, the islands became known as the Florida Keys. And Cayo Largo became Key Largo. 

In 1912, the Florida East Coast Railway connected all the keys to the mainland. This was the first time travel to the keys was possible without a boat. But a hurricane destroyed the railway 23 years later and it also sunk to the ocean floor. In 1938 the first overseas highway became, and remains, the main route into the Keys. Most of the history lives on the ocean floor, next to the shipwrecks and the largest coral reef system in the United States. In Key Largo, are historical locations that draw in history buffs and tourists alike.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The coral reef system is the most historic attraction to Key Largo. It is the most important aspect of the ecosystem. Not to mention the shipwrecks! On December 18, 1975, the underwater park vowed to protect and conserve the coral reef system. The park is home to the Christ of the Abyss (1965), an 8.6 sculpture 25 feet under the sea. 

African Queen

This historical steamboat has garnered years of exposure, and is still going strong! She entered service in 1912 as a cargo ship for the British East Africa Railway company. Her narrow design made for easy travel up the Victoria Nile River and Lake Alberta. In 1951, she starred in the Hollywood film named after her, also starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn! In 1982, she found her home in Key Largo where she registered as a Historical Site. This small ship is a true timekeeper.

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse

The Carysfort reef is the most treacherous and visited, coral reef six miles off Key Largo. The first lightship named Caesar anchored near the reef to warn sailors in 1825.  Unfortunately, she met the demise of the sea when she blew into the reef. The Carysfort Lighthouse, established in 1840, is a screw-pile fixture. Its red paint and the bright beacon is the oldest standing beacon in the keys. This is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving destinations in Key Largo. 

Historians will find that the Keys were also a home to famous icons like Ernest Hemingway! Key Largo can inspire those couples that love to immerse themselves in a rich history and treasures.