Florida Keys Private Islands: Little Palm Island and Melody Key

Florida Keys. Little Palm Island. Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island

Located in the lower Florida Keys and accessible by seaplane, ferry or boat, Forbes refer to Little Palm Island as “The Ultimate Private Island Destination For Romance.” This islet entails 5.5 acres, with 30 bungalows. Here, the focus is on peaceful, restful holiday. Nature and hospitality luxury. The minimum age allowance for guest is 16 years old. There is no telephone, no televisions.

Adventures: Back country fishing, sailing, diving, sky diving, helicopter trip, eco tours (native species and wildlife encounter)

Little Palm Island. Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa 2
Little Palm Island. Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa.
Little Palm Island. Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa 4
Little Palm Island. Courtesy of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa 4

 

Melody Key

Currently (2017) listed for sale, Melody Key, with its three-bedroom abode is still available for vacation stay. This Florida Keys eco-resort is one of 42 islets that are reachable from the one hundred and thirteen miles of overseas highway from the mainland. Designed to let the ambience of the island indoors, the house feature open concept spaces, large windows and French glass doors, and balconies with ocean view.

Adventures: golfing, boating, shark feeding, swim with the dolphins

 

 

Traveling by Road: Reaching the Florida Keys

“The 120-mile-long Florida Keys island chain is linked to mainland Florida by U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway. Visitors can fly into Miami International Airport (MIA) or Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and from there can reach the Keys by airport shuttle buses or rental cars. Travelers can reach Key Largo, the gateway to the Keys, in about an hour from Miami or an hour and 45 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale.

 

A Scenic Drive Along An All-American Road

The Florida Keys Overseas Highway, from north of Key Largo to Key West, has been designated an All-American Road. The Keys highway is the only All-American Road in Florida. It’s the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program established by the U.S. Congress in 1991. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned the prestigious title.

What are Mile Markers? Once you’re in the Keys, U.S. 1 becomes the Overseas Highway, designated with little green mile-marker signs on the side of the highway. They begin just south of Florida City with number 127 and run all the way down to zero in Key West. Locals use them as address references. ” — Fla-keys.com