About the Area
The island village of Cedar Key off the west-central coast of Florida is joined by a causeway and three bridges across four miles of shallow salt marsh. Home to clammers and fishermen, its picturesque charm draws artists, tourists, writers, showbirds and nature lovers. It is Florida's second oldest settlement and the end point of naturalist John Muir's thousand mile walk to the Gulf.
Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state, and when Florida's first railroad connected it to the east coast, it became a major supplier of seafod and timber products to the northeast.
Cedar Key, which still looks like a frontier town in places, has developed a reputation for its artisan shops and seafood restaurants along Dock Street. Commercial fishermen farm clams, which have become a culinary icon.
Excerpts From Islands Magazine - August 2007
From the 20 Best Islands to Live On - Cedar Key, Florida, USA . . . Just a short bridge drive from the mainland . . . actually stretches out over six islands . . . a cute downtown, plenty of nature minded residents and some of the state's last affordable real estate . . . MClamory Key - hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds gather on the high tide each day . . . There are usually some fairly rare birds, such as long-billed curlews, red knots, oyster catchers and several species of plowers . . . Think slow. Don't bother to rise early and go to town to get a jump-start on the day. You'll be the only one there . . .