Jetting out into the ocean (and only a mere few miles from Cuba), the Florida keys have long enticed visitors who come to the chain of tiny islets for the warm ocean waters, great beaches, snorkeling and diving and repose from the real world. The largest of the Florida Keys, appropriately named Key Largo, is located south of Miami and offers travelers plenty of blue sky days, warm ocean waters and sandy beaches.

The keys are also a popular launching point for many casino boat cruises, which sail the Caribbean and Atlantic waters off the coast and allow passengers to lay down real bets on the black jack tables. If you are not a gambler, you certainly will not be bored in Key Largo, as there are plenty of glass bottom boat tours that allow you to check out what goes on underneath the water (without having to put a snorkel mask on) and there are plenty of beach-y things to do.

If you are feeling like you want to suit up and explore the ocean depths, Key Largo is often called the diving capital of the world with its access to an extensive reef system and lots of tropical fish, coral and even sharks to peek at.

Because the keys are not even big enough to really be considered islands, there is clearly limited space for hotels and resorts, which means the hotels tend to be smaller and there is a much more limited selection of accommodation options. However, there is a Hilton Key Largo Resort and Beach Club as well as a Ramada. If you want a more, um, unique experience, you can also opt to stay in Hilton Key Largo Resort and Beach Club as well as a Ramada Key Largo. If you want a more, um, unique experience, you can also opt to stay in Jules’ Undersea Lodge, which is an underwater hotel located 21 feet below the surface.