The Florida Keys are famous for a lot of things. There’s world-class fishing, delicious seafood, turquoise water, endless boating opportunities, and of course— Key West. The crown jewel of the island chain is a small island with tons of history, charm, and beauty.
But like a conch shell buried in the sand, there are some other beautiful Florida Keys islands that may be hidden from your view.
If you’re thinking about investing in Florida Keys real estate, consider one of these three Keys that are more private, peaceful, and affordable than Key West. Known as part of the Lower Keys— the stretch of islands that run from Marathon to Key West— they are filled with secret gems you don’t want to miss.
Is open water access important to you? Then consider buying a home in the Lower Keys. Although it’s available on Key West, open water access is rare and expensive. But in the Lower Keys? Open water access is the norm for most houses. Either located on a canal or right on the ocean, most homes in the Lower Keys are a boat lover’s dream come true.
Check out one of these islands today.
Located just minutes from Key West, Geiger Key is the perfect location to find a peaceful home that still has easy access to that Key West hustle-bustle. Geiger Key is also located right next door to Naval Air Station Key West.
Here you’ll find the Geiger Key Marina— an old-fashioned fish camp with a delicious dockside restaurant. If you buy a home on Geiger Key, you’ll quickly become a regular here! Check out the Geiger Key Paddle Hut, too. You can paddleboard or kayak for miles through the mangroves from here.
Geiger Key has many laid back neighborhoods to choose from. Geiger Key also has a large inventory of manufactured homes— which are more affordable and flexible than standard homes. Take a peek at this listing on Mars Lane, with canal access.
Big Coppitt Key
Down the road from Geiger Key lies Big Coppitt Key. Big Coppitt draws boating enthusiasts from around the world. You’ll find multiple canals here and easy access to the famous Florida Key’s backwater flats fishing. Captain Tony Murphy from Key Limey Fishing Tours is based here. Big Coppitt is also home to Bobalu’s Southern Cafe— featuring homestyle cooking and live entertainment. Try their conch fritters, shrimp corn chowder, and of course their Key Lime Pie.
Take a look at this resort-style home on Emerald Avenue in Big Coppitt. With access to a pristine canal, a seawall, and boat davits, this home is perfect for the avid fisherman.
Further up the island chain is Cudjoe Key, nestled between Sugarloaf and Summerland Keys. Cudjoe Key homes feature a mixture of quaint neighborhood bungalows and large, waterfront estates. One of our all-time favorite Florida Keys restaurants— Square Grouper Bar & Grill— is located here. Relax in their casual dining room and sip on a mango mojito. Or head upstairs to My New Joint for some innovative small plates and live music. It’s the perfect neighborhood spot to kick back and relax in the evenings.
Check out this land for sale on Sawyer Drive in Cudjoe Key. Located on a crystal clear canal, this spot is waiting for you to build your dream Florida Keys home.
When investing in Florida Keys real estate, it can sometimes feel like the options are endless. Should you buy in Key West? Or perhaps you would be happier going “up the Keys” to islands like Geiger, Big Coppitt, or Cudjoe?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, contact the team at Vacasa Florida/Buy The Keys today. Our agents are long-time locals and have extensive knowledge of the entire island chain. We can help you make a decision on where to invest, and help you choose your Florida Keys dream home.
Drop us a line or give us a call today.