Sugarloaf Key is part of the Lower Florida Keys and is actually two islands which are often referred to as one key. The islands are named for their geographical location, with Upper Sugarloaf Key situated northeast of Lower Sugarloaf Key.
There is quite a bit to see and do in Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key, which probably derived its name from a variety of pineapple once grown on the island known as “sugarloaf”. The name could also have come from an Indian burial mound, which was shaped in the same form as a loaf of sugar.
Life and Climate in Sugarloaf Key
Life in both Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key is quintessentially tropical, with mild winters and wonderfully warm summers. A breeze blows gently across the islands, changing direction from out of the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic and back.
Daytime highs in the winter reach into the seventies and fall into the sixties during the overnight hours. Boaters, beach goers, fishermen, and divers enjoy the water and beach all year long on Sugarloaf Key.
Things to Do and See in and Around Sugarloaf Key
Perhaps the biggest attraction on Upper Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is nearly 131 acres of pristine, tropical landscape, with abundant wildlife, coral, seagrass, mangroves and cool blue waters.
Soon to come in Sugarloaf Key is a connection to the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, currently, a 70 mile walking and biking path that winds its way from Key Largo, the island closest to the mainland peninsula of Florida, down to Key West, the southernmost point in the United States.
Both Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Key are home to such opportunities as hiking, fishing, boating, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, biking, swimming, beach lounging, sightseeing and more. In addition, there’s an array of places to dine and enjoy the outdoors day and night.
Upper Sugarloaf Key
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