|Located about 21 miles from
Key West, Cudjoe Key is probably best known for "Fat Albert", a military
aerostat blimp tethered at the north end of the island since the Cuban Missile Crisis in
the early sixties. This Key also has some interesting theories about it's name. One is
simply that early settlers would come here to "cut joe", the joewood trees that
were so prevalent. Another talks of an early Key Wester with a speech impediment who
referred to his cousin Joe, then living on the island, as "Cud Joe". A third
theory has a freed slave residing here taking the name Cudjoe for himself in reverence to
a Jamaican rebel slave leader.
is mostly inhabited on the southern shores below US 1, while much of the rest of the
island is wetlands and pinewoods, with many cabbage palms, a somewhat rare plant in the
Keys. Bow Channel which separates Cudjoe and Sugarloaf Keys was named after a lady
pioneer, Lily Lawrence Bow, who resided on the western shore from 1904 to 1906. The island
has a marina-dive-bait shop, a convenience store/deli, a county sheriff station, three
restaurants and an excellent veterinarian.
Florida Keys Realty, Inc.
P.O. Box 421177 Summerland Key, FL 33042
Mile Marker 21.5 Cudjoe Key
Office: (305) 745-3717 Toll Free: (800) 277-7756