About the Duck Key, Florida Area

The Lower Keys

The Lower Keys
The Lower Keys of the Florida Keys extends from Bahia Honda to Key West. With notable keys such as Big Pine Key, Ramrod Key, Little Torch Key, Summerland Key, Sugarloaf Key, Big Coppitt Key, Shark Key, Boca Chica Key and Stock Island. The famous Looe Key Reef and Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary is a short boat ride away, in the waters off Big Pine Key. Bahia Honda State Park, is a premier site of picnic and camping facilities, shopping, rental cabins and a marina.

The National Key Deer Refuge, established in 1957, protects the endangered Key deer - and today the refuge encompasses more than 8,000 acres of prime Key deer territory that runs from Bahia Honda Key to the eastern shores of Sugarloaf Key, out to the edge of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Upper Keys

The Upper Keys
The Upper Keys extend southerly from Key Largo to the southern end of the city limits of Islamorada.

Key Largo is the entrance to the Florida Keys. It's only an hour ride to South Florida's two major airports, but really more like a world away. Key Largo is the largest and northernmost island in the Florida Keys and is sandwiched between the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park to the west and the fish-covered coral formations of North America’s only living coral barrier reef to the east. Locals hail it as the diving capital of the world, but the area is equally noted for it's sport fishing as well. The Key Largo area is comprised of primarily residential properties, with many commercial properties scattered along US #1 and marinas along the shore line.
Islamorada is known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World" and rumor has it that they also host a larger fishing fleet per square mile than anywhere else in the world. The four islands of Islamorada also offer numerous tranquil spots to relax under the sun's glorious golden rays. Enjoy a beachfronmt cocktail, sunset cruise or spend a day shopping at one of the areas unique shops and galleries. The majority of commercial development is located along US #1 with residential development along the side streets. Additionally, numerous amounts of residences are located along the highway and extend to the ocean of the bay.
On the Atlantic Ocean or Florida Straits side of this area of the Florida Keys is a string of barrier reefs, four to six miles off-shore with the axis of the Gulfstream two to four miles beyond, flowing northward. This band of turquoise and blue water contains some of the finest sport fishing in the world. Snorkeling and scuba diving are very popular. Numerous larger scale motels and hotels are located in this region, as well as, numerous marinas and marine related commercial ventures. The economy is primarily supported by the tourist industry. Lobstering and shrimping are also substantial commercial enterprises in these waters.

Key West

Key West
Key West is the county seat of Monroe County and West is known as the southernmost city in the Continental United States. It is also the southern terminus of U.S. 1, State Road A1A, and the East Coast Greenway; lying some 129 miles (207 km) southwest of Miami, Florida and just 81 nautical miles from Cuba.

Key West is a seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. The Key West International Airport provides airline service. Many hotels and unique guest houses are available for lodging. There are also numerous local points of interest such as: Fort Zachary Taylor, Ernest Hemmingway's house, the Mell Fisher Museum, etc... The central business district primarily comprises Duval Street, and includes much of the northwest corner of the island along Whitehead, Simonton, Front, Greene, Caroline, and Eaton Streets and Truman Avenue.

Also the Naval Air Station Key West is an important year round training site for naval aviation due to the superb weather conditions. It is also a reason the city was chosen as the Winter White House of President Harry S. Truman.

The official city motto is "One Human Family."
(source: wikipedia.com)

Duck Key

Duck Key

 

Duck Key Lifestyle
This is a very laid back type of community where neighbors, fish, snorkel and dive right off their doorstep. A casual existence that stresses year round outdoor life for which the Florida Keys are famous!

 


Duck Key Heritage
Grand canals traversed by ornate bridges tell of Duck Key's European/West Indies heritage. Duck Keys is a natural island, a composite of five islands, Yacht Club Island, Center Island, Harbour Island, Plantation Island and Indies Island, providing seclusion, privacy and
security. Only one road connects Duck Key to the main highway U.S.1.

Duck Key Growth
Duck Key has been experiencing moderate growth since the early 1950's when Bryan Newkirk, a Canadian businessman, first started the development of this 300 acre island.
Actually, Mr. Newkirk discovered Duck Key after winning a golf game. The stakes were $10,000.00, or an island in the Florida Keys. He took the island!


Bryan Newkirk, was involved with George Merrick and Admiral Telfair Knight in the development of Coral Gables, so development was not new to him. He came in
and dredged all the canals in Duck Key and connected each one with a Venetian arched bridge. The canals of Duck Key flow freely from Gulf to Ocean. Therefore you
have blue, azure waters right in your back yard, whether you are on the ocean or on a canal. (And great fishing too!)


The island was divided into 775 tracks of land and started to be developed in the late 1960's. Duck Key boasted vacant land on the ocean for a mere $10,000.00 per lot, and canal front lots started at $3,800.00 per lot. The typical lot size was 75' x 100'.

Typical Duck Key Property Values
Today, Waterfront lots start at $895,000.00; Homes on the water start at $1,100,000.00; Non-Waterfront Homes start at $650,000 and Non-Waterfront Lots start at $150,000.


Short Sales and Foreclosures are part of today's real estate market in the Florida Keys. Be sure to read about how we have kept up with today's changing market. Duck Key Hotel, Country Club and other Amenities The hotel, which is now known as Hawk's Cay Resort was also known as the Indies House and then the Indies Inn. Presidents including Harry S. Truman and celebrities came and still come to Duck Key and are still arriving without much concern by locals.


The hotel now offers social memberships for property owners of Duck Key. Amenities include beach and pool facilities and three restaurants, two full service marinas and dive shop, tennis and affiliate membership to Sombrero Country Club, which has an 18 hole golf
course.


Other shops on the island include, a full service salon, which includes, facials, massage, nail and hair services. A custom jewelry shop, clothing boutique and Duck Key's very own deli and sundry store.


How to get to Duck Key
How do you get here? It's a two and a half hour drive from Miami Airport or a half an hour flight right into Marathon which is only 8 miles South of Duck Key. Most residents leave their cars in the driveway and sport around in their very own golf carts or visit their neighbors by boat or just walk! Can you imagine? It's right in the heart of the Florida Keys at Mile Marker
61. Come on down and take a look!

 

More Keys Information:

Marathon

Marathon

Marathon

Beside its new concrete counterpart, the old Seven Mile Bridge juts into the sea like a giant fishing pier inviting anglers, walkers and nature lovers to enjoy one of Florida’s most scenic and historic vistas.

The blue-green panorama of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, dotted with lobster traps and sailboats, is not unlike the scene that greeted passengers on Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad, which linked the Keys to mainland Florida from 1912 until 1935. Those passengers probably took little notice of the sparsely populated island at the northeastern foot of the Seven Mile Bridge. Today, this island offers some of the best fishing and sport diving anywhere in the world.
(Source: http://www.fla-keys.com)

Grassy Key

Grassy Key
Grassy Key is a small, peaceful Key located just minutes away from the heart of Marathon. The Dolphin Reseach Center, which offers tours, dolphin swims and more, is located on Grassy Key.
(Source: http://thefloridakeys.com/grassykey)

Key Colony Beach

Key Colony Beach

Key Colony Beach

Key Colony Beach is located in the heart of the Florida Keys. It is the perfect vacation area, you'll have direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful Coral Reefs nearby, excellent fishing and diving locations and much more.


Key Colony Beach is about 50 miles driving distance to Key West and It will take you about an hour and a half to get here from the mainland (Dade).
(Source: http://www.keycolonybeach.net)

Ramrod Key

Ramrod Key
Ramrod Key is located at approximately mile markers 26--27.5, between Summerland Key and Middle Torch Key. Ramrod Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys. Originally named Roberts Island, Ramrod Key was renamed for a ship named Ramrod, which was wrecked on a reef south of there in the early nineteenth century. Up to the time Henry Flagler built U.S. 1 also known as The Overseas Highway the only building on Ramrod was a post office that was alongside the train tracks. It is a popular tourist site due to the short distance between the island and Looe reef. Some of the things you can find on Ramrod Key are, the 5 Brothers 2 store, the Boondocks bar and putt-putt course.
(source: wikipedia.com)

Big Pine Key

Big Pine Key
Big Pine Key is part of the Lower Florida Keys and is home to the Key Deer. This protected species of smaller white tail deer roam the unspoiled tropical wilderness that makes this area unique. Far from being overcrowded, the pace of life on Big Pine is casual and relaxed. You can dive Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, go off shore fishing or relax in the Florida Keys backcountry while flats fishing. Bahia Honda State Park is nearby for an afternoon picnic or canoe trip. After a day on the water, you can pamper yourself with some island music and a pina colada at any local tiki bar.
(Source: http://thefloridakeys.com/bigpine)

Summerland Key

Summerland Key
The island of Summerland Key is located almost mid-way between the cities of Marathon and Key West at mile markers 24 to 25.5. Summerland Key is a bedroom community comprised of primarily residential properties, with a few commercial properties located on US #1. It is home to the Brinton Environmental Center of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, as well as, a field station for t Mote Marine Laboratory. There is a private, 2,550 foot community airstrip (FD51) located just south of US #1 on West Shore Drive at mile marker 25.
The development within this neighborhood primarily consists of single-family, canal and water front homes with primarily dry lot residences mixed in throughout. There are commercial complexes located within the neighborhood boundaries which include, but are not limited to; motels, marinas, restaurants and convenience stores.

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