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Coordinates: 25°05′11″N 80°26′50″W / 25.0865°N 80.4473°W / 25.0865; -80.4473

Location of Key Largo, Florida
December sunset, Key Largo

Key Largo is an island in the upper Florida Keys archipelago and, at 33 miles (53 km) long, the largest of the Keys. It is also the northernmost of the Florida Keys in Monroe County, and the northernmost of the Keys connected by U.S. Highway 1 (the Overseas Highway). Its earlier Spanish name was Cayo Largo,[1] meaning Long Key.

Key Largo is connected to the mainland in Miami-Dade County by two routes. The Overseas Highway, which is U.S. Highway 1, enters Key Largo at Jewfish Creek near the middle of the island and turns southwest. Card Sound Road connects to the northern part of Key Largo at Card Sound Bridge and runs southeastward to connect with County Road 905, which runs southwest and joins U.S. 1 at about mile marker 106. These routes originate at Florida City on the mainland.

Key Largo is a popular tourist destination and calls itself the "Diving Capital of the World" because the living coral reef a few miles offshore attracts thousands of scuba divers and sport-fishing enthusiasts. [2]

Key Largo's proximity to the Everglades also makes it a premier destination for kayakers and ecotourists. Automotive and highway pioneer and Miami Beach developer Carl G. Fisher built Key Largo's famous Caribbean Club in 1938 as his last project.

The island gained fame as the setting for the 1948 Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall film Key Largo, although it was filmed entirely on a Warner Brothers sound stage in Hollywood.[3] The island's post office in Rock Harbor, which had been named after a nearby cove, changed its name to Key Largo after the film's success and pressure from local businesmen. It did this so that everyone living north of Tavernier would have a Key Largo address and the cancellation would say Key Largo instead of Rock Harbor.[4]

There are three census-designated places on the island of Key Largo: North Key Largo, near the Card Sound Bridge, Key Largo, eight or nine miles from the southern end of the island, and Tavernier, at the southern end of the island. Ocean Reef Club is a private gated community and club at the northern end of the island. None of Key Largo is an incorporated municipality, so it is governed at the local level by Monroe County.

Key Largo is situated between Everglades National Park to the north-west and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to the east, the first underwater park in the United States and the site of the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States.

Geology and geography

The island of Key Largo is an exposed, fossilized remnant of a coral reef that was formed during a period of higher sea level and then uncovered and eroded during a subsequent ice age. The highest elevation is a slight ridge forming the spine of the island, which rises to as high as about 15 feet. The land slopes from the spine down to sea level on the oceanside and bayside.

The island's substrate is called Key Largo Limestone; in many places, fossilized corals and smooth, eroded limestone "caprock" are visible at the surface. Solution holes, which are pockets dissolved in the limestone by acidic rainwater, form shallow depressions in the land.

The natural shoreline of the island is generally rocky. A slippery, gray, limestone-based clay called "marl" is the shoreline and near-shore soil. There are no natural sand beaches on the island.

Inland, decomposed vegetation forms a rich, acidic humus soil up to about six inches thick, topped by "leaf litter." The soil supports a diverse flora of herbaceous plants and woody shrubs and hardwood trees.

Key Largo's climate is considered tropical. Frost has never been recorded in the island.


  1. ^ Key Names, Florida Keys Gazetteer
  2. ^ All About Scuba Diving in the Florida Keys and Key West
  3. ^ Moviediva - Key Largo URL retrieved December 20, 2006
  4. ^ Keys History: Key Largo

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Key Largo is a 1948 film about a veteran soldier who visits the family of an army buddy killed in the war, only to find that their Key West hotel has been taken over by a bunch of exiled gangsters who are orchestrating their own comeback.

Directed by John Huston. Written by Maxwell Anderson, Richard Brooks and John Huston.
A cast as explosive as its story!


Frank McCloud

  • You don't like it, do you Rocco, the storm? Show it your gun, why don't you? If it doesn't stop, shoot it.
  • When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.
  • One Rocco more or less isn't worth dying for!

Johnny Rocco

  • After living in the USA for more than thirty-five years they called me an undesirable alien. Me. Johnny Rocco. Like I was a dirty Red or something!
  • You'd give your left arm to nail me wouldn't you? I could see the headlines now, 'Local Deputy Captures Johnny Rocco'. Your picture'd be in all the papers. You might even get to tell on the newsreels how you pulled if off, yeah. Listen hick, I was too much for any big city police force to handle. It took the United States Government to pin a rap on me. And they won't make it stick. You hick, I'll be back pulling strings to get guys elected mayor and governor before you get a ten buck raise.

Nora Temple

  • Charlie! Charlie Winook and his family, Crawfish Island. Charlie's a prince of the Seminole Nation. His ancestors go back to the gods. He sells sea shells by the sea shore.


Edward "Toots" Bass: I say smack her and let it go at that.


James Temple: Are you thieves or what? You want money, is this a robbery?
Toots: Yeah, Pop, we're gonna steal all your towels.

Ralph Feeney: Hey Curly, what all happens in a hurricane?
Richard "Curly" Hoff: The wind blows so hard the ocean gets up on its hind legs and walks right across the land.
Toots: And singin' this song: Rain rain, go away, little Ralphie wants to play.


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From Wikitravel


Key Largo [1] is an island in the Florida Keys.

Get in

Fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Chauffeured transportation is expensive. Renting a car is best. From Miami, take Florida's Turnpike south to US Route 1. Take US 1 to Key Largo.

  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, [2], Main Boat Tours & Reservations: (305) 451-6300, General Info: (305) 451-1202 (Front Gate), Camping Information: (800) 326-3521, Group Tour Reservations (15+ people): (305) 451-6316, Boat Slips & Mooring Rates: (305) 451-6325. Visitor Center, fishing, swimming, picnicking, snorkeling, scuba, rentals, camping.


Diving, snorkeling, touring on a glass bottom boat or casino boat, parasailing fishing, and motorcycle riding are all popular activities here.

  • Shell World
  • Buzzards Roost Restaurant, 21 Garden Cove Dr., +1 305 453-3746. [3]
  • Cafe Largo/Bayside Grill, 99530 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-4885.

The food is very good. The service is enthusiastic and the staff has personality.

  • Caribbean Club, +1 305 451-4466.
  • Coconuts Restaurant & Lounge, +1 305 453-9794. [4]
  • Crack'd Conch Restaurant, 105045 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-0732. [5]
  • DJ'S Diner, 99411 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-2999.
  • Fish House Restaurant, +1 305 451-4665. [6]
  • Fish Tales Cafe, 10344 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-0507, fax: +1 305 451-0517. [7]
  • Flamingo Seafood Restaurant, 45 Garden Cove Dr., +1 305 451-8022. [8]
  • Ice Cream Shoppe, 101431 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-3334.
  • Key Largo Coffee House, 100211 Overseas Hwy, 1 305 453-4844. [9]
  • Mrs. Mac's Kitchen, 99336 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-3722 [10]
  • Num Thai Rest. & Sushi, 103200 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-5955. Great sushi, friendly and very local.
  • Senor Frijoles/Sundowners, 103900 Overseas Hwy, 451-1592.
  • Smugglers Cove, 85500 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 664-5564, fax: +1 305 664-9033. Email:
  • Upper Crust Pizza, 101611 Overseas Hwy, +1 305 451-4188.
  • Jules’ Undersea Lodge, 51 Shoreland Drive (Key Largo Undersea Park), ''+1'' 305-451-2353 (, fax: ''+1'' 305-451-2353), [11]. This underwater hotel is 21 feet below the surface. Sleeps up to six. $350+/night..  edit
  • Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club, A Hilton Resort, 97000 South Overseas Highway (Key Largo, FL 33037), 888-871-3437, [12]. Newly renovated and nestled on 13 acres of lush hardwood forestry along the Gulf of Mexico.   edit
  • Keys Tree House- Vacation Rentals, Mile Marker 95, 954-658-7986, [13]. Somewhat secluded, and private.  edit
  • Ocean Point, 500 Burton Drive, 800-882-9464, [14]
  • Ramada, 99751 Overseas Hwy, +1 305-451-3939, [15].
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Camping Information: (800) 326-3521.
Routes through Key Largo
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