Once used as coconut plantation, Layton, Florida, is a tropical town on the central island of Long Key in the Florida Keys. Home to year-round warm temperatures, white sand coastline, and small town charm, Layton is a popular destination for Florida Keys vacation rentals. The town attracts nature lovers who come here to visit Long Key State Park, as well as sportsmen looking to hook a trophy fish in its crystal blue waters just offshore.
Book a stay today in one of our Layton vacation rentals and you’ll find bliss in the sunny Florida Keys!
Things to Do in Layton, Florida
Located halfway between Key West and mainland Florida, Layton is a quaint island town only recently incorporated. Previous to 1963, it was mostly undeveloped; today, it boasts lovely county parks, great coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, plus a state park - and our Layton vacation rentals give you access to it all!
If you love the outdoors, make sure to pack your sunscreen and a pair of binoculars for a self-guided tour through Long Key State Park. Rent a kayak for the day and paddle through the park’s pristine coastal habitat, which is home to egrets, herons, snakes, horseshoe crabs, and even loggerhead and green sea turtles. If you’re an angler, you’ll definitely want to bring your fishing gear along; the shallow grass flats offshore are home to sportfish like tarpon, redfish, and bonefish. So cast away!
Or rent a boat at Seabird Marina and head out into the Atlantic Ocean, where you’ll have the fight of your life reeling in a wahoo, mahi mahi, sailfish, barracuda, or other prized fish.
Day Trips from Layton, Florida
Layton’s central location affords many day trips to the islands north and south, as well as Miami and mainland Florida a bit further at 100 miles. Key West, home to a thriving arts scene, the Hemingway Home, and the museums and other attractions at Mallory Square, is 67 miles south, making it a fun weekend excursion. If you like underwater exploration, head north nine miles to the San Pedro Archaeological Preserve where you can scuba dive and snorkel around the submerged shipwreck of a Dutch-built ship that sank during a hurricane in 1733.
Whether you’ve come for rest and relaxation or for activity and exploration, a stay in any of our Layton vacation rentals is one you won’t soon forget!
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