Time right to head for the Keys

Islamorada Sunrise

Islamorada Sunrise

By Bob Rountree,, Special to, May 24, 2015- There is no better time of year for Floridians to visit the Keys than late Spring.

Spring breakers and winter snowbirds have gone home or back to school. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, traffic on the Overseas Highway lightens up, rates go down, sometimes dramatically, and campsites suddenly become available, although savvy Floridians have already booked their camping reservations at the Keys’ four state parks.

If you can get away for a few days, now’s the time —  before the last week in July, when the boisterous lobster mini-season (July 29-30) kicks into play, setting the stage for the Keys’ frenetic “second season” that carries into early fall.