Water. Sun. Nature….Peace. 
​aka…the Upper Keys.

During the busy season of Florida, when everyone, from all across the country, wants to enjoy our weather I have found the perfect spot to get away from the crowds but still soak up the Florida sun and activity!

The Upper Florida Keys (from Key Largo to Matecumbe Key) is the perfect spot to escape for a few days of peace and fun while still getting to enjoy the cool breeze weather before the heat of summer hits us! Key Largo is just 18 miles South of Miami, so an easy drive to make from Southwest Florida! We all know about Key West, but don’t overlook the Upper Keys when trying to plan your next Florida road trip!

Road trip to Upper Keys | Mandy Carter | Florida travel blogger


  • Explore some remote islands and mangroves on a paddle board. Take advantage of the calm waters while catching an up close view of Florida wildlife. There are so many places in the Upper Keys to easily drop your board and paddle out all day. And if you don’t own a board you can easily rent them.  

  • Feeding the tarpon at Robbie’s of Islamorada is a must. You can purchase a bucket of bait then head out to the dock to hand feed these massive fish!
Road trip to Upper Keys | Mandy Carter | Florida travel blogger
  • Learn some cool things about the advances in diving at the History of Diving Museum. From the wall of helmets from around the world to the massive deep diving suits, you will gain some new knowledge into the undersea world.

  • Take a peaceful stroll through the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary in Tavernier. This 7-acre refuge provides a home to a variety of injured birds. You have a chance to see hawks, owls, gulls, herons, spoonbills and more.  It is open from sunrise to sunset and free to the public but donations help to continue their mission of rescuing and rehabilitating wild birds.
  • Go hiking, snorkeling, kayaking or even camping at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. This state park is known for its fantastic aquatic life in over 70 nautical square miles of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the location of the only living coral reef system in the continental United States.