Guide to Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key

Guide to Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key

If you are considering a vacation in the Florida Keys, there is a lot to see. Florida has many Keys, each with a unique atmosphere and range of activities and sights. 

If you would like to explore paradise in the Florida Keys, this guide explains the unique features of Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key as well as sightseeing opportunities to the north and south. 

Upper vs. Lower Sugarloaf Key

Sugarloaf Key is one of the larger islands along the Florida Keys. It is located about 15 miles east of Key West. The island has a looped, almost horseshoe-shaped layout, so each side goes by a different name — Upper Sugarloaf Key and Lower Sugarloaf Key.

Upper Sugarloaf Key

Apart from the location, the main difference between Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key is the number of businesses and attractions. Upper Sugarloaf Key contains more commercial establishments. It is also home to the Great Heron National Wildlife Refuge, which is made up of several thousand acres of open saltwater shallows and protected backcountry islands. The refuge offers opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, snorkeling and diving.

If you would like to try some local cuisine in Upper Sugarloaf Key, you have plenty of indoor and outdoor options for fresh seafood and more.

Lower Sugarloaf Key

Lower Sugarloaf Key may be less populated by businesses, but there is still plenty to do. If you like a quieter, more residential feel from your vacation spot, Lower Sugarloaf Key is a great place to spend some time.

If you want to stay a little closer to the water, you could go fly-fishing for a day with several rentals available along Lower Sugarloaf Key. You can also visit Sammy Creek Landing, a water access point perfect for a picnic or fishing, snorkeling or kayaking. 

Marathon Key and the Florida Coast

To the east of Sugarloaf Key and closer to Florida's coast lies Marathon Key and several more populated Keys. If you are staying in Sugarloaf Key, you will drive through these Keys on the way there — so if you are looking for things to do in the Upper Florida Keys before you get to your vacation spot, these Keys offer some exciting places to visit.

The first Key you will pass through when entering the Florida Keys is Key Largo. Here, you can find John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The park consists of 70 nautical square miles of reefs to explore. You can see the reefs by taking a glass-bottom boat tour or go scuba diving or snorkeling to get even closer.

After checking out the coral reefs, you may feel inspired to learn about the history of diving. If you continue west through the Keys, you can find the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, which displays artifacts from diving adventures worldwide and in the Florida Keys. 

Marathon Key is one of the larger and more commercial Keys, and it is close to Sugarloaf Key. There is a lot to explore here, including Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and Crane Point Hammock, which hosts a museum, one of the oldest houses in the Keys and nature trails to explore. 

Key West and the Southernmost Keys

Once you pass through Sugarloaf Key, you will reach the southernmost Keys. Among these, Key West is the most popular and has the most to see and do in the Lower Florida Keys. Even so, it is still a small island ideal for a day trip. 

One must-see spot is the Southernmost Point of the Continental USA. A buoy marks the location, and you can take pictures by it to show that you have been as far south as you can get by car in the United States. 

You can also visit some interesting indoor sights in Key West. Readers might like to see the Hemingway Home and Museum, Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West. Get a taste of Washington, D.C., by visiting the Truman Little White House, where Harry S. Truman conducted presidential business. Other presidents have used the site as well.

Schedule a Relaxing Getaway at Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA Holiday

Stay in the middle of the action with a relaxing getaway to Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA Holiday. This KOA is located on Upper Sugarloaf Key and offers a central location for exploring Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key along with the Keys to the north and south. 

We offer ways to stay for every kind of camper - from rustic tent sites to our new vacation rentals! Our RV park is also one of the top destinations in the country, offering pull-thru and back-in sites right on the water. 

Book your stay at Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA Holiday today!

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