Welcome to the Caribbean in the US. The Florida Keys make an ideal location for people looking to live a laid back lifestyle that revolves around the water. This string of tropical islands stretches about 120 miles off the southern tip of Florida between the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The main chain of islands are connected by the Overseas Highway, and the other islands are accessible by boat. Key West also boasts its own airport. People are casual taking everything in stride. When not enjoying the water by boat, beach or surf, residents can be found sipping a cocktail at one of the local bars and spending time with friends. There is something about the keys that just makes you forget about time beyond sunset and sunrise. It’s a magical chain of islands where you can leave your iPhone behind to decompress and relax. Ernest Hemingway escaped here to write, and it still attracts artists from all over the world as well as adventurers, anglers, divers and surfers. Flip flops, a hat, sunglasses and as little clothing as possible define the dresscode. It’s ultra casual and laid back. You will find a range of Old Floridian style homes and charming beach bungalows perfect for island living.
Along the keys you can explore the upland forests, wetlands, shorelines, coral reefs and deep ocean seeing exotic plants and animals that can be found nowhere else in the US. It’s a unique place filled with natural beauty and low key development protecting the environment. It’s island life. You can spend your day deep sea fishing, scuba diving, or surfing and then come off the beach to enjoy a cocktail or burger at one of the local restaurants or bars without ever having to change out of your bathing suit. For a more refined evening, there are a number of excellent restaurants to choose from, and there is no shortage of high quality seafood.
Both Key West and Key Largo offer great options for schools. In Key Largo, there are several very strong public and charter schools for preschool through 8th grade including Treasure Village Montessori Charter School, Plantation Key School and Key Largo Summit. Additionally There is the highly rated Coral Shores High School. Key West also has a number of strong public and charter school options including Sigsbee Charter School for PreK through 7th grade and Key West Montessori Charter School for 1st through 7th grade. For high school, there is Key West High School and Key West Collegiate School.