About Key Largo
Key Largo, the largest and northern-most island of Florida’s famous “keys” offers a wide range of fishing and entertainment options that rival any place in mainland Florida or the Caribbean. Situated at the southern tip of Florida, an hour’s drive south of Miami, Key Largo provides easy access to big game fishing in the Atlantic and Caribbean, as well as hundreds of miles of reef fishing in the backcountry of the Florida Everglades. US Route 1, the only main road on the island, splits the island and is filled with charter boats; deep-sea on the eastern shore, reef fishing on the western shore. Out to sea, Key Largo offers and abundance of classic warm water big game fish like Mahi-Mahi (dolphin), sailfish, wahoo, tuna, marlin, barracuda, shark, snapper, and more. In the Everglades, or “backcountry” as locals call it, a more experienced guide is needed to find the redfish, snook, and trout. The gator-infested and maze-like canals of the backcountry can present a potentially dangerous situation for inexperienced fisherman or rented boats, so a seasoned charter captain is needed to navigate these waters, not to mention find the best fish!
Like most coastal Florida and Caribbean fishing spots, the winter offers the most charter options. The tropical climate is a major tourist attraction this time of year and captains run more trips to accommodate vacationers. The climate offers great fishing all year round, but if you are looking for a specific type of game fish, then some times of year prove more fruitful than others. Sailfish, who follow the baitfish south during winter, are best found offshore in April and May and along the reefs January through March. January through April provide windows of bigger fish from the Gulf who come to feed around the Keys between cold fronts. There is really no bad time to fish in Key Largo, and you will never be lost for a boat or captain to take you out, weather permitting.
An avid vacation resort for fisherman, families, and leisure seekers alike, Key Largo offers charters for fisherman of all levels including kids, families, and night fishing. Entertainment-oriented party boats offer day trips with live music, food, and drinks on board. On land, especially during the winter tourist season, many fresh seafood restaurants will prepare your catch for you at minimal cost. You won’t find large hotels, busy streets, or chain restaurants in Key Largo. So if you are looking for a relaxing time, Key Largo offers a “small town” feel with an abundance of fishing and other entertainment options. Reef snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-ski rental, and parasailing are just a few of the sea-oriented activities to enjoy in Key Largo when you aren’t fishing. If you feel like staying on land, Key Largo offers beautiful white sand beaches, state parks, and bird sanctuaries to appreciate the beauty of this carefree Caribbean gem.