FAQ

FAQ

Dear Keys ACTION Team,

 

My wife and I would like to retire in the Keys this Fall. We’ve been pre-approved for $750,000 and would like to live on or near the ocean. We are avid scuba divers and have heard there are plenty of dive shops just in Key Largo. Is this true? We’d love to have our friends and family come visit and join the fun. What can you tell us about scuba diving and snorkeling in the Keys?


Lisa and Mike

 

Dear Lisa and Mike,

We would love to welcome you to The Keys! There are many great homes in your price range we can suggest to you for your new chapter. The Upper Keys are close to nirvana for divers. Key Largo bills itself as the “Diving Capital of the World” and is home to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and is adjacent to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which covers approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps. There are nineteen dive shops in Key Largo, plus five more in adjacent Tavernier and three in Islamorada.  Many offer daily dive excursions to the many underwater wonders. There are also several wrecks nearby, including the USS Spiegel Grove.

If you have your own boat, you don’t have to go far to enjoy snorkeling the reefs. The waters surrounding are shallow; many homeowners just jump off their own docks or swim from their homeowners park and appreciate our aquatic underworld.

There’s so much fun and relaxation here in the Florida Keys; come on down and enjoy your slice of Paradise!

Nancy, Sharon, Jim & Tom

Keys ACTION Team

 

Dear Keys ACTION Team,

I’m going through a divorce now and have decided to relocate to the Keys, preferably north of Marathon so I can get to the Miami airport quickly. I love boating and am wondering where I can find a home that has easy access to launch my boat.

John
Miami, FL

Dear John,

The Keys are a perfect place to repot yourself!   As most of us in the Keys are transplants ourselves, we welcome newcomers with open arms. As for finding a home that has easy access to launching your boat, you have literally hundreds of waterfront homes to choose from.  Key Largo is the first island of The Keys and the closest to Miami, with the drive just one hour depending on traffic.  The drive from Marathon will be over two hours. 

Many of the waterfront homes come with boat lifts or davits, and a few have a boat ramp for launching.  While berthing or a ramp raises the price of the home compared to a non-waterfront home, many of them are quite affordable.  Alternatively, many neighborhoods have a homeowners’ park with launch ramp facilities, and there are public launch ramps such as at Harry Harris Park in Tavernier.

Although at times these choices can seem overwhelming, we are the experts so let us help you out!

Nancy, Sharon, Jim & Tom
Keys ACTION Team

Dear Keys ACTION Team,


We have heard that the summers in Florida are brutally hot.  How bad are they really?


Warren and Leila


Dear Warren and Leila,

 

Much of the interior mainland of Florida can indeed get very hot in the summer.  The Keys, being islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, are significantly cooler.  This is one reason why so many people who live in Miami and Hialeah have second homes in the Keys.

 

At the peak of summer, the average high in the Keys is 89° F.  Click on https://fla-keys.com/weather/ which has the data by month. The members of the team grew up in the Northeast, where summer temperatures often exceeded 100° F.

 

Also, drenching thunderstorms so common on the mainland are very rare in the Keys.

 

Nancy, Sharon, Jim & Tom

Keys ACTION Team