Destination: Florida Keys Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Christine Loomis
December 28, 2012
Southeast Florida has long drawn visitors to its inviting white beaches and opulent resorts. The fortuitous confluence of railroads, sunshine and classic hotels helped make the area extending from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys the vacation destination of choice for northerners escaping winter’s chill. But that was just the start.
By Jessie Fetterling
November 20, 2012
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By Christine Loomis
September 25, 2012
The 127-mile-long archipelago of the Florida Keys begins about 15 miles south of Miami, extending in a graceful westward arc to the Dry Tortugas, nearly 70 miles beyond Key West. The chain of coral islands divides the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west. Water—whether you’re along it, in it, on it or above it—is central to a stay here, no more so than when the sun dives below the horizon in a blaze of color that burns across the sky. In the Keys, wherever visitors and locals are, they pause to acknowledge nature’s artistry.
By Maxine Cass
December 30, 2010
As cooler temperatures invade more northern and central climes, the warm weather of South Florida offers a respite from the seasonal cool. Glitz and glam, posh shopping and culture are on your planning plate. As a change of pace, why not include a taste of nature during your meeting group’s encounter with the unique Everglades ecosystems or the tropical blue Caribbean waters of the Florida Keys?
Learn about Florida Keys for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 42
Total Hotel Rooms: 8,006
Number of Special Events Venues: 16
Local Convention Centers: Miami Beach Convention Center
Local Airports: Key West International Airport (EYW), Miami International Airport (MIA)
Local CVB: Official Florida Keys Tourism Council
With some pretty famous past and present residents (Ernest Hemmingway, Jimmy Buffett and Hunter S. Thompson), the Florida Keys have no tricks up their sleeve: Clear blue water for miles, lush green landscapes juxtaposed with sandy beaches, and thriving wildlife make up this stunning destination. The Keys are the perfect grab bag of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, the foodie or the house cat, all with the authentic flavor that made it a favorite location for the Hollywood and literati elite.
The Florida Keys are a stretch of islands off the coast of Florida that arch south almost to Cuba. Because of their proximity to the equator, the climate in the Keys is much closer to that of Caribbean islands than Florida, making it a great destination for sun worshipers and island-lovers.
Because of this unique climate, the Keys is lucky enough to attract all sorts of unusual wildlife, the most prominent being sea turtles. Yearly sea turtles venture onto the sandy beaches to lay their eggs, a spectacle that has been a great draw for tourism. Due to their prominence, the Keys is the only location in the U.S. that has an animal hospital dedicated specifically to the health and wellbeing of sea turtles.
While you’re there don’t miss an opportunity to test a slice of the local claim to fame: key lime pie. The dessert derived from a particularly sour strain of limes indigenous to the Keys. The Florida Keys are all about authenticity. Have some pie, take a dip and immerse yourself in this island culture that is so much closer to home.