Known for world-class sport fishing, Islamorada, which calls itself a village of islands, has a vibrant art scene with a free art walk event (between Mile Markers 81 and 82) the third Thursday of each month sponsored by the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District — www.moradawayarts.org. Five galleries stay open late as artists and musicians line the streets.
Anne’s Beach — floridakeystreasures.com/Beaches/annesbeach.shtml at Mile Marker 73 — is a quiet beach with a rocky shore and shallow clear blue waters. There’s limited parking but it’s rarely crowded. Stop for a picture with a giant lobster known as Betsy at The Rain Barrel Artisan Village, near Mile Marker 87. The popular figure of a crustacean is just one of many drive-by attractions on U.S. 1.