Unique destinations pepper the language with unique terminology. Here are just a few "Key" phrases that will help you find your way through our fabulous islands
The waters of the Florida Bay, famous for their shallows (or "flats") and mangrove islands. Home to some of the best & greatest variety of backcountry gamefish species in the world. Really.
The Florida Bay side of U.S. Highway 1, generally the northwestern side. As you are traveling U.S. 1 from Miami to Key West, the right side. Term is used interchangeably with "gulfside."
The waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The term "Bluewater Fishing" is often used to describe an offshore, deep-sea fishing adventure.
FLORIDA KEYS AIR FORCE
A group of pelicans flying in V-formation.
The Gulf of Mexico side of U.S. Highway 1, generally the northwestern side. Term is used interchangeably with "bayside."
An automobile that you'd not feel safe driving along an Interstate or in the cold, but one which will do you just fine for short jaunts within the Keys, given the 45 mile speed limit and 2 lane maximum of US 1. Most likely, not one which will win any beauty contest either
All locations north of Jewfish Creek, including that large land mass that begins north of mile marker 113. Encompasses Miami, Washington, D.C., and the rest of the world.
MILE MARKERS ("MM")
The green markers along U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys. They start at MM127 and end at MM0 in front of the Courthouse in Key West. Directions are frequently given like this: "I'm located at MM 25, Oceanside."
The Atlantic Ocean side of U.S. Highway 1, generally the southeastern side. As you are traveling U.S. 1 from Miami to Key West, the left side.
The Florida Keys. The phrase is usually used by locals when heading to the mainland and beyond for a reality check, shopping or partying: "Gotta' get off the Rock."
The 25 mile section of US 1 which connects the Keys to the Mainland in Florida City, and travels through Everglades and hammocks, with no place to stop for gas, or other conveniences.