From Key Largo to Key West, “The Keys”, are Mother Nature’s gift to everyone who enjoys playing on, in or near the water. If you can relate to at least one Jimmy Buffet song, you’ll fit right in as this is the place that inspired so much of his music. A short drive from Miami, The Florida Keys stretch 100 miles from the tip of Florida dividing the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico into distinctly different habitats for local and migratory marine life. Featuring North America’s largest reefs on the Atlantic side, the Florida Bay and backwaters of Everglades National Park ebb and flow with the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the “bayside.” Shallow water flats fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon and redfish was practically invented here. If you want to get the facts first hand from one of the innovators, look up Sandy Moret at Florida Keys Outfitters. If you’re a bass fisherman and haven’t fished much saltwater. Direct your bass tactics towards a snook or redfish and you’ll immediately want to move to the coast. If you are going purely for fishing and relaxing, base yourself out of the Upper to Middle Keys. You’ll find great fishing and fresh seafood restaurants and oyster bars from Islamorada to Marathon. If you are looking for more of a social gathering complete with nightlife and plenty of bars make the drive to Key West and enjoy the sunset from the southern tip of Florida. Of course offshore enthusiasts can take advantage of the best reef fishing and diving in America. In the Keys, there really is a fish and a fishing guide for every type of angler.