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Florida Keys Facts
- Addresses along the Keys are sometimes expressed in mile markers (abbreviated as MM) along the Overseas Highway to the fraction of a mile. The address may also indicate oceanside (on your left when headed to Key West) or bayside. MM 0 is in Key West, so at MM 30 you know it’s 30 miles to the end of the road.
- Speed limits are enforced, with some notable speed traps at Key Colony Beach and at approaches to the Seven Mile Bridge.
- Conch is pronounced conk. Cay, pronounced “key” in the Bahamas and Caribbean, is pronounced “kay” here.
- The Keys are hot and buggy in summer, but they are cooled by ocean breezes and afternoon showers. They’re popular with boaters and divers in summer because waters are generally calmer and clearer then. In winter, rain is infrequent, with average temperatures in the mid-70s.
- Reservations are essential any time for camping, dining, and some attractions.
- Real Key lime pie has a yellow filling. As for the rest, it’s okay to debate whether the crust should be pastry or graham and whether the topping should be meringue or whipped cream.