The northernmost island of the Florida Keys island chain, lies only an hour's drive from South Florida's two major airports. Sandwiched between the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park to the west and the fish-covered coral formations of North America's only living coral barrier reef to the east Key Largo's proximity to the Everglades makes it a premier destination for kayakers, birders and other eco-tourists. Locals consider their home the Diving Capital of the World but the island is nearly as famous as a sport-fishing destination. You can go after sailfish offshore, bonefish along the Atlantic shallows, or redfish and tarpon in Florida Bay. All this beauty, not to mention the island's rich history, has inspired a vibrant community of artists who show there work at several local galleries.