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Most Instagrammable Places along the Overseas Highway of the Florida Keys

Most Instagrammable Places along the Overseas Highway of the Florida Keys

March 30th, 2021 | Activities

The 113-mile Overseas Highway through the Keys offers travelers a bevy of epic photo opportunities to level up your social media game. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong “conch”, it’s hard to resist sharing certain stops along the historic highway with the ‘Gram. Here are the most Instagrammable places along the Overseas Highway of the Florida Keys that will make you the envy of your followers.

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Big Betsy

You’ll find this 30-foot high Florida Spiny Lobster in front of the Rain Barrel Village in Islamorada. The fiberglass ‘Big Betsy’ was created by sculptor Richard Blaze in 1980 and moved to several homes before settling in its current location in 2009. Today, the crustacean is believed to be the world’s largest lobster sculpture and the second most photographed attraction in the Keys, right behind the Southernmost Point Buoy in Key West. 86700 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada

Lorelei the Mermaid

Named after the vengeful mermaid who lured sailors to their doom in German folk tales, the giant wooden mermaid sits at the entrance to Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar in Islamorada. The beloved siren received a facelift in 2020, including the addition of long beach wave hair. Its waterfront location is just a stone’s throw away from the Overseas Highway. 96 Madeira Rd, Islamorada

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Robbie's Tarpon Feed

Nearly 100 tarpon linger at the docks of Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, waiting for the opportunity to grab bait offered by passerby. These “silver kings” can reach sizes of 8 feet and weigh up to 280 pounds, so feeding them is definitely a sight to behold! Admission to the dock is $2.25 per person, with a $4 charge for a bucket of fish. 77522 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada

World's Largest Queen Angelfish

The large fiberglass sculpture sits outside Tilden’s Scuba Center in Marathon. Queen angelfish are known for their round black and blue “crown” atop their heads. You may even be able to spot these electric blue fish in the wild. They frequent the shallow reefs of the Keys. 4650 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

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Nibbles the Shark

The hungry shark bursting through a wave has become one of the Overseas Highway’s most recognizable photo ops. ‘Nibbles’ is set up outside the Shady Palms Art Gallery in Marathon. Climb the stairs and pose for a photo inside its open mouth. 2888 Overseas Hwy, Marathon

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine (a.k.a. Hurricane Deflector Grotto)

The beautiful coral rock grotto behind Key West’s St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church was built by a team of nuns in 1932. According to lore, Sister Louis Gabriel blessed the grotto and proclaimed, “as long as the Grotto stands, Key West will never experience the full brunt of a hurricane." Residents and visitors alike continue to light candles in the shrine built for the Virgin Mary and pray for protection. 1010 Windsor Ln, Key West

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Mile Marker ‘0’

Commemorate your visit to the southernmost point of the United States with a shot at the end of the road in Key West. The famous green and white ‘Mile 0’ sign rests at the corner of Fleming and Whitehead Street. 501 Whitehead St, Key West

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