Charted in the 1800s and once known as "Stark Key," Shark Key is a relatively small, wondrous tropical jewel with features that set it apart from the rest of the amazing Florida Keys
. Known for its rich foliage and scenic coastlines stretching for almost two miles, Shark Key is a quiet oasis for those looking to get away from it all while still enjoying easy access to the rest of the Keys.
Where Is Shark Key?
Shark Key is a peninsula accessible via the Overseas Highway (US 1) located near mile marker 11.5 between the Saddlebunch Keys and Big Coppitt Key, just seven miles from Key West
, and 100 miles from the mainland.
Things To Do On Shark Key
While space is actually somewhat limited on this island, with homes for only about 45 or 50 families in total, Shark Key offers lush gardens and winding streets adorned with swaying palms, bougainvilleas, frangipanis, and flowering royal Poinciana trees. Shark Key is the kind of place one visits to take a break from the hustle and bustle, where there is little noise, traffic, or crowds and where you can peacefully sunbathe on the sand or swim in the warm, turquoise waters of Florida Bay.
Our Shark Key vacation rentals also feature access to an inland beach and clubhouse with two tennis courts and a private swimming lagoon. While you won't find any shopping or dining options on Shark Key, Big Coppitt Key is just down the road offering cafes, markets, and even a bar or two.
Day Trips from Shark Key
With many of the more well-known Keys just a short drive from Shark Key, a number of excellent bars, restaurants, shops, and tourist destinations lie just minutes away. Spend a day in Key West and explore the mangroves from a kayak, head out on a deep-sea fishing trip, check out the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum located in Old Town, and wrap it all up watching the spectacular sunset from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
The Keys are also known for hosting a variety of festivals and other popular events including the Marathon Seafood Festival in early March, Hemingway Days in July, and the Key West Fantasy Fest in October if you want to plan your trip accordingly.
You might head out and explore the rest of the Keys at your leisure starting at the very top with Key Largo
, stretching down through Islamorada
and moving through nearby Marathon
just 40 miles east.
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