Heading out of the sprawling suburbs and scrappy towns of South Miami and onto the Overseas Highway on the way to the Keys, the transformation of the atmosphere, topography, and attitude is both immediate and overwhelming. As the worn-out gas stations and fast-food outlets of Florida City recede in the rearview, an open expanse of sea and a slender road spread out in front of you.
This is the Upper Keys, most folks’ first introduction to the island archipelago. Comprised of all the islands north of Marathon and including the famous Key Largo and snorkeling and diving paradise of Islamorada, these islands are a bit more developed than some of the Lower Keys, but they still manage to retain all the friendly relaxed beauty one expects in the Florida Keys.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition