KEY COLONY BEACH
WELCOME TO KEY COLONY BEACH
One of the Florida Key’s hidden gems, a tight-knit, seasonal island community. Key Colony Beach earned the nickname “Gem of the Florida Keys” years ago because of its charm and true sense of community. It is located in the Middle Keys oceanside, at Mile Marker 53, about 100 miles south of Miami. The island is accessed via a one lane causeway and small bridge off Overseas Highway. Be sure to take it slow when driving in because speed limits are closely monitored.
Fishing enthusiasts, vacationers and people who love to be outside
There are about 700 residents on Key Colony Beach but the population peaks to about 4,000 during the winter season. The city was developed in the early fifties by founder Phil Sadowski and was incorporated in September 1957. The island is comprised of 286 acres with approximately 1,400 units of housing and three miles of canals.
This island is one of the few areas in the Florida Keys with a private white sandy beach and where 7-day vacation rentals are permitted. In fact, a large percentage of the homes on Key Colony Beach are active Florida Keys vacation home rentals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
World class fishing and gorgeous snorkeling reefs just off shore, walkable home-town restaurants and locally owned-shops you can walk to
In addition to the residences, there are many home-town businesses on the island to walk or bike to including tasty restaurants, charter fishing fleets, a deep-water marina, boat rentals, a dive and tackle shop, clothing store, gift shop, liquor store, gas station, and a few low-rise boutique hotels.
Recreational facilities on the island include four community parks, two children’s playgrounds, bocce courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and an executive-style 9-hole par 3 golf course. Inch Beach is the island’s secret ‘membership only’ private beach with an oceanfront tiki hut and parking on West Ocean Drive.
A no-rush atmosphere, people are in good mood, and lots of fish tales told during happy hour
Popular festivals and events on the island include Key Colony Beach Day, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, and Key Colony Beach Fishing Club’s Annual Clam Bake. The island’s fishing club boasts 200 members. Concerts in the Park run from February through March featuring local talent which includes John Bartus, Rick & Dayna and the Island Band. Key Colony Inn, Havana Jack’s and Sparky’s have the best happy hour deals on the island and delicious Key Lime Pie.
Fabulous walking paths and an oceanfront community park where locals sing at sunset
Sunset Park is one of the most beautiful public parks on Vaca Cut to watch sunsets and concerts in the park. Residents on the island include ‘Hootie,’ a burrowing owl, and incredible birdlife such as brown pelicans, herons, osprey, cormorants, and squawking seagulls.
A varied mix of waterfront homes, duplexes and oceanfront condominiums
The majority of the residences and Florida Keys vacation homes are built on deepwater canals or are low-rise condominiums on the ocean. All homes have quick access to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean via the Vaca Cut or Coco Plum deepwater boating channel. Home prices range from the $200s to over $6 million for a coveted oceanfront estate.
Key Colony Beach is one of the few areas in the Florida Keys where 7-day vacation rentals are permitted. In fact, a large percentage of the homes on Key Colony Beach are active vacation rentals.
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The coconut palm trees, treasures found in the sea and walking paths all around the island
The blue green water tickling the shore makes living on the island pure bliss. Coffins Patch Reef, once called ‘Atlantis’ is one of the nearby snorkeling reefs with water depths ranging from 10-20 feet. Thunderbolt, formerly the USAMP Major General (MG) Wallace F. Randolph, is resting at 120 feet below the water’s surface and is an advanced scuba diving site just ten minutes from Key Colony Beach.
Valhalla Sandbar is a local hang out and is only accessible by boat. Here you’ll find Bahama Starfish, conch shells, stingrays and small sharks. On holiday weekends, it’s common to see dozens boats of all sizes, colorful beach umbrellas and giant rafts in the shallow waters of the sandbar.