Florida’s Southeast Coast contains abundant riches for RVers, from the Conch Republic, to pristine beaches, world-renowned fishing, native culture, and upscale shopping and dining. Leave the mainland behind with a visit to the legendary Florida Keys. On these tiny islands – strung together first by nature, next by Henry Flagler’s railroad and more recently by The Overseas Highway – visitors can still find the “changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes” immortalized in the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Most visitors enjoy a trip to Key West, the eclectic end of the continent. This southernmost point of the United States is home to a fascinating mix of history, eccentricity and island charm.
Civil War-era forts, famous writers’ homes, sidewalk cafes and unusual residents add to the unique atmosphere. Watching the sun set at the docks of Mallory Square is an experience not to be missed. For a truly extraordinary adventure, take a seaplane or charter boat 70 miles west from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. The 100-square-mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands or keys. The fort, built from 1846 to 1875, was one of the most sophisticated in the U.S. and protected the strategic Dry Tortugas and the ship traffic between the Gulf coast and Eastern seaboard.