A Honeymoon for History Buffs

Before the 19th century, the Florida Keys were only accessible by boat. Even then, the voyage near the Gulf Stream would not end well for traveling ships. There were more casualties due to the flourishing coral reefs and shallow water. The reefs left ships in pieces and salvage crews from the Keys made more riches by collecting treasures from the ocean floor.  

Hispaniola and the surrounding islands referred to islands as “Los Cayos” (a low bank of coral reef, rock, or sand). When the islands were mapped, the longest key, 30 miles long, became known as Cayo Largo. Over time, the islands became known as the Florida Keys. And Cayo Largo became Key Largo. 

In 1912, the Florida East Coast Railway connected all the keys to the mainland. This was the first time travel to the keys was possible without a boat. But a hurricane destroyed the railway 23 years later and it also sunk to the ocean floor. In 1938 the first overseas highway became, and remains, the main route into the Keys. Most of the history lives on the ocean floor, next to the shipwrecks and the largest coral reef system in the United States. In Key Largo, are historical locations that draw in history buffs and tourists alike.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The coral reef system is the most historic attraction to Key Largo. It is the most important aspect of the ecosystem. Not to mention the shipwrecks! On December 18, 1975, the underwater park vowed to protect and conserve the coral reef system. The park is home to the Christ of the Abyss (1965), an 8.6 sculpture 25 feet under the sea. 

African Queen

This historical steamboat has garnered years of exposure, and is still going strong! She entered service in 1912 as a cargo ship for the British East Africa Railway company. Her narrow design made for easy travel up the Victoria Nile River and Lake Alberta. In 1951, she starred in the Hollywood film named after her, also starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn! In 1982, she found her home in Key Largo where she registered as a Historical Site. This small ship is a true timekeeper.

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse

The Carysfort reef is the most treacherous and visited, coral reef six miles off Key Largo. The first lightship named Caesar anchored near the reef to warn sailors in 1825.  Unfortunately, she met the demise of the sea when she blew into the reef. The Carysfort Lighthouse, established in 1840, is a screw-pile fixture. Its red paint and the bright beacon is the oldest standing beacon in the keys. This is one of the most popular snorkeling and diving destinations in Key Largo. 

Historians will find that the Keys were also a home to famous icons like Ernest Hemingway! Key Largo can inspire those couples that love to immerse themselves in a rich history and treasures.

A Honeymoon for Cultural Experiences


Key Largo is the longest island of Key West, and it part of what we call the Upper Keys. The tropical climate dictates our beach lifestyle and diving culture. There is something for the luxury travelers and the thrill seekers. The island even caters to those of us who enjoy a stroll under a canopy of foliage. The small beach-town lifestyle is laid back. We enjoy long sunsets, water sports and our proximity to nature. We live a life of leisure, where our work is play. Join us on the sanctuary, we are located between two popular South Florida destinations rich and vibrant in diversity and culture. Our concierge can arrange a tour with private transportation to either location. Whether or not day trips are appealing to you, the way of our private cove will surely offer you a retreat from the norm.

A Cultural Trip to Miami

Miami is rich in Latin American and Caribbean culture. Our excursions place you in the mecca of the city, whether you want to party in the art-deco architecture of South Beach or admire the arts. Miami is home to a diverse culture. You can sip on a cafecito from the local bodega before shopping Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent in the Design District. If luxury shopping is not your taste, you can support local artisans and shop among the eclectic treasures at the Miami Flea. The street art in Wynwood Arts District is a popular attraction, and its blocks away from Little Haiti. A few miles southwest, you can experience Calle Ocho in Little Havana. Our concierge will plan your dinner on Ocean Avenue so you can enjoy the nightlife of South Beach. There is a lot of culture in this wide city, and its only an hour north of Largo. 

A Cultural Trip Down to Duval St.

The Southernmost point of Key West is also a popular destination.  Duval Street is the home to countless parades, celebrations, and parties. You may wander into the Zombie Bike Fest or an Art Festival. There is always something happening down south. Key West is a mix of Islanders and North Americans that escaped a brick and mortar lifestyle. This diversity creates an inclusive society for artists, travelers, and divers alike. The people and the food are also laid back. We like to enjoy the little things in life. The Florida Keys are an inviting destination for new couples. With culture, adventure, and serenity all in one place. The best part of this all is that Largo Resort is the perfect retreat after an exciting and busy day trip to a bigger city.