On the northern end of Plantation Key, immediately south of Key Largo, sits the quite little town of Tavernier. Blending "Old World" charm with Keys casualness and serenity, Tavernier is a favored destination not only because of its pace, but because of its proximity to both Key Largo and Islamorada activities and attractions.
Rich in beauty and history, the area is admired by boaters, anglers and water sport enthusiasts of a like. Its easy access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Bay allow for a myriad of activities: diving, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, kayaking, bird watching, eco-touring and much more.
It is said that the town got its name from thirsty sailors docked at Plantation Key to load their ships with fruit from the pineapple plantations. Since Tavernier boasted the only taverns in the area you get the idea.There is also a Tavernier Key, located a short distance off of the town itself that was used by wreckers in the 1700's as a base for salvaging booty left on the reefs by ships that had sunk or run aground.
One of the Keys' oldest settlements, Tavernier was originally a farming community; it later became the first stop of Flagler's Railroad. The town's "historic" district showcases a restored turn-of-the-century home, church and postal office, as well as hurricane houses. Several other Tavernier homes remain that can be dated back to 1800s homesteads.