Beauty of Keys

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Beauty of Keys

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Probably the most popular and visited key of Keys chain. It is famous for its snorkeling tours and coastal places to eat. Btw local ice-cream is delicious.
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Key Largo
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Probably the most popular and visited key of Keys chain. It is famous for its snorkeling tours and coastal places to eat. Btw local ice-cream is delicious.
Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It's also Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches. ― Google
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Key West
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Key West, a U.S. island city, is part of the Florida Keys archipelago. It's also Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches. ― Google
Sightseeing
Bahia Honda is a remote island on the Lower Florida Keys, close to the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge, which links the Keys to the Florida mainland. Bahia Honda State Park is one of the southernmost state parks and offers visitors an idyllic location to relax and unwind, surrounded by beautiful beaches, wonderful wildlife, and clear, warm waters. Everything you need for a beach holiday is right on your doorstep – there are campsites right on the edge of the ocean and a few stilted cabins overlooking the bay. You can bring a boat to launch from the boat ramp, and organized snorkeling tours to the reef are available. In addition, there are three hiking trails to explore and a nature center that offers ranger-led activities and talks.
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Bahia Honda Key
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Bahia Honda is a remote island on the Lower Florida Keys, close to the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge, which links the Keys to the Florida mainland. Bahia Honda State Park is one of the southernmost state parks and offers visitors an idyllic location to relax and unwind, surrounded by beautiful beaches, wonderful wildlife, and clear, warm waters. Everything you need for a beach holiday is right on your doorstep – there are campsites right on the edge of the ocean and a few stilted cabins overlooking the bay. You can bring a boat to launch from the boat ramp, and organized snorkeling tours to the reef are available. In addition, there are three hiking trails to explore and a nature center that offers ranger-led activities and talks.
There aren’t too many places on Earth where you can combine history with an amazing underwater world bristling with marine life. Located about 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is almost entirely covered by water except for a few small islands, one of which is home to historic Fort Jefferson, one of the largest forts every built, dating back to 1846–1875. After you have toured Fort Jefferson, you can enjoy all the underwater wonders of Dry Tortugas National Park – there are great bathing beaches and several excellent dive sites including reefs, wrecks, and shallow areas perfect for children and beginners. The only way to reach this amazing place is by scheduled ferry, private boat, or seaplane.
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Dry Tortugas National Park
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There aren’t too many places on Earth where you can combine history with an amazing underwater world bristling with marine life. Located about 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is almost entirely covered by water except for a few small islands, one of which is home to historic Fort Jefferson, one of the largest forts every built, dating back to 1846–1875. After you have toured Fort Jefferson, you can enjoy all the underwater wonders of Dry Tortugas National Park – there are great bathing beaches and several excellent dive sites including reefs, wrecks, and shallow areas perfect for children and beginners. The only way to reach this amazing place is by scheduled ferry, private boat, or seaplane.
Considering the wonderful weather and superb location, it is unsurprising that one of America’s most honored authors fell in love with Key West and called the island home for more than 10 years. Ernest Hemingway drew inspiration from the remote and beautiful island and bought a Spanish colonial-style home here that was originally built in 1851. Ernest and his wife Pauline extensively renovated the old home, restoring it to its original charm and adding the exceptional luxury (in those days) of a swimming pool and lovely gardens. Today, visitors can go on a guided tour of the home, which has been exceptionally well preserved as a museum and contains much of the original furniture and fittings.
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
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Considering the wonderful weather and superb location, it is unsurprising that one of America’s most honored authors fell in love with Key West and called the island home for more than 10 years. Ernest Hemingway drew inspiration from the remote and beautiful island and bought a Spanish colonial-style home here that was originally built in 1851. Ernest and his wife Pauline extensively renovated the old home, restoring it to its original charm and adding the exceptional luxury (in those days) of a swimming pool and lovely gardens. Today, visitors can go on a guided tour of the home, which has been exceptionally well preserved as a museum and contains much of the original furniture and fittings.
Running parallel to US Highway 1 (designated a National Scenic Highway), the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a (mostly) paved 90-mile trail that stretches from Key Largo to Key West, inviting and encouraging walkers, hikers, skateboarders, and cyclists to come and enjoy superlative views. Along the way you can drop a line to fish for your supper from several fishing bridges and there are also launch areas for kayaking. The trail offers access to a large number of Keys’ attractions including the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Crocodile Lakes National Park, and several more. If you would like to camp along the route, you will find private campsites as well as campgrounds in some of the national parks.
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Running parallel to US Highway 1 (designated a National Scenic Highway), the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is a (mostly) paved 90-mile trail that stretches from Key Largo to Key West, inviting and encouraging walkers, hikers, skateboarders, and cyclists to come and enjoy superlative views. Along the way you can drop a line to fish for your supper from several fishing bridges and there are also launch areas for kayaking. The trail offers access to a large number of Keys’ attractions including the Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Crocodile Lakes National Park, and several more. If you would like to camp along the route, you will find private campsites as well as campgrounds in some of the national parks.
Possibly one of the most popular attractions of the Florida Keys, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first underwater protected park in the US. The park covers an enormous area of around 70 nautical square miles, comprising open water, spectacular coral reefs, on-shore mangrove forests, and tropical hammock forests. The entire area is an irresistible playground for nature lovers, who can spend hours exploring the abundantly populated coral reefs using snorkels or scuba gear. Visitors who prefer not to swim can still enjoy the bounty from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Other activities include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, short hiking trails, camping, and picnicking.
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Highway
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Possibly one of the most popular attractions of the Florida Keys, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first underwater protected park in the US. The park covers an enormous area of around 70 nautical square miles, comprising open water, spectacular coral reefs, on-shore mangrove forests, and tropical hammock forests. The entire area is an irresistible playground for nature lovers, who can spend hours exploring the abundantly populated coral reefs using snorkels or scuba gear. Visitors who prefer not to swim can still enjoy the bounty from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Other activities include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, short hiking trails, camping, and picnicking.
Next time you visit the Florida Keys, you can head due south to Key West, where you can take some brag-worthy photos of yourself at the Southernmost Point monument, which (supposedly) marks the most southern tip of the Continental (excluding Hawaii and some other islands) USA.
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Southernmost Point of the Continental US
Whitehead Street
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Next time you visit the Florida Keys, you can head due south to Key West, where you can take some brag-worthy photos of yourself at the Southernmost Point monument, which (supposedly) marks the most southern tip of the Continental (excluding Hawaii and some other islands) USA.
The Theater of the Sea is one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world and has been in operation since 1946. Originally a disused stone quarry, the Theater of the Sea has been transformed into a lush lagoon housing a wonderful collection of dolphins, sea lions, rays, sharks, turtles, and alligators, many of which were rescued after being injured or otherwise threatened in the wild. In addition to watching some fascinating marine shows at the theater, you may also choose to join an interactive dolphin, shark, or sea lion activity, some of which include swimming or wading with the highly intelligent mammals. Besides enjoying the antics of the trained animals, you will also learn all about conservation and how you can play your part in protecting marine life.
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Theater of the Sea
84721 Overseas Highway
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The Theater of the Sea is one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world and has been in operation since 1946. Originally a disused stone quarry, the Theater of the Sea has been transformed into a lush lagoon housing a wonderful collection of dolphins, sea lions, rays, sharks, turtles, and alligators, many of which were rescued after being injured or otherwise threatened in the wild. In addition to watching some fascinating marine shows at the theater, you may also choose to join an interactive dolphin, shark, or sea lion activity, some of which include swimming or wading with the highly intelligent mammals. Besides enjoying the antics of the trained animals, you will also learn all about conservation and how you can play your part in protecting marine life.