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For hundreds years the beaches in the Florida Keys have held an alluring attraction. Early 's, Indians made their home on these shoreline. The Spanish came in the early 1500s an establish settlements.Today the world is discovering the beaches of the Florida Keys. 

The coral reef and crystal clear blue waters  are world renowned for their beauty. Fishing, diving, as well as the unspoiled parks and beaches, are the key attractions.

With the coming of  people, the chance for harm to the  ecosystem has increased. We must protect what nature has provided. The careless dropping of an anchor can destroy  coral. Even the slightest touch by snorkelers or divers can harm the growth of coral. Enjoy the beaches and waters of the Florida Keys, but leave them like you found them. 
The Florida Keys are due south for the end point of the U.S. mainland. US 1  Highway extends from Florida City to Key West.The Everglades National Park  is to the west. You wil travel mile upon mile of impressively clear water, near-deserted beaches, and lengthy one-lane bridges.

Florida is blessed with temperate weather. Activities: swimming, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking,fishing,diving and wildlife viewing. The Upper Keys bring you to America's first underwater park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a 21-mile-long protected swath of reef that is home to 650 species of reef fish. Other parks are HARRY HARRIS PARK,LONG KEY STATE RECREATION AREA, LIGNUMVITAE KEY STATE BOTANICAL SITE, MATECUMBE PUBLIC BEACH, SAN PEDRO UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVE, and the EVERGLADES.

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EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK   State Road 9336 & Highway 1, Key Largo, 305-242-7700, 305-253-2241.
Located in the Key Largo area, this park includes approximately 1.4 million acres and is at some points 50 miles wide, serves as the protected habitat of flora, fauna, birdlife and fish -- an eco-system that was endangered before the park's creation. Besides programs conducted by Park Rangers, private operators are also available for airboat rides as well as canoe rental and outfitting. Activities include guided sightseeing tours, canoeing, fishing, swimming, camping and hiking on carefully designed nature trails. The park's main concession at Flamingo includes a 127 room resort with a full service marina and restaurant overlooking Florida Bay. 

Did You Know?
The Everglades is not the proverbial swamp. It is technically a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile per day. 

Everglades National Park remains a popular destination for bird enthusiasts. Over 360 species have been recorded in the park. The Everglades remain one of the best destinations for easily observing great concentrations of many diverse species.



   JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK  
MM 102.5, Key Largo, 305-451-1621.
Established in 1960 as the first underwater state park in the nation, this park features a 120-square mile area of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps as well as a large beach area. The park was established to protect a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Attractions are a glass-bottom boat tour, beach, visitor center and aquarium, motorboat, sailboat & canoe rentals, snorkeling, diving, dive shop, certified scuba instruction, saltwater fishing, boating and camping. The park is adjacent to the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary, a 21 mile long, 8 mile wide protected area with more than 650 varieties of tropical fish and 40 species of coral.

Port Bouganville - MM106 County Road 905, Key Largo. Self-guided nature trails. Thursday and Sunday at 10:00am Ranger guided nature walks. Key Largo Hammock is the largest contiguous West Indian tropical hardwood hammock in the continental United States. More than 84 federally protected species of plants and animals coexist here. Miles of paved trails wind throughout the dense foliage. The Indians called this a "hammock," or shady place. A tropical hammock is actually a fertile area higher than its surroundings (in this case the mangrove habitat) in which hardwood and other vegetation grows prolifically in a rich humus soil.


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HARRY HARRIS PARK & BEACH
MM92.5, Key Largo, 305-852-7161.
This beachfront park also has excellent facilities for informal family outings and picnics. Sandy beach, picnic areas, bathrooms. Fishing and swimming are the two key attractions here. 

    LIGNUMVITAE KEY STATE BOTANICAL SITE  
Islamorada, 305-664-4815.
Accessible by boat only. Boat transportation is available here as well as to Indian Key. Virgin forests cover this protected island that was formed from a living coral reef ages ago. When you step ashore here, you step back into Florida's past -- into an age before man inhabited the keys and began to strip away the vegetation that once covered the entire Keys. A key attraction is the Matheson House, built in 1919. A windmill provides power to the house and fresh water comes from a cistern filled by falling rain on the roof of the home. 

 
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     LONG KEY STATE RECREATION AREA  
MM67.5, Long Key, 305-664-4815.
Among the activities here, where Calusa Indians lived long before Spanish explorers arrived, are picnicking, swimming, fishing and camping. Canoe trails through tidal lagoons. In the evening, Park Rangers present campfire programs. During the day, the Rangers lead guided walks as well as conduct programs on snorkeling, fishing, canoeing and marine ecology. Once the site of the Long Key Fishing Club, a Mecca for the world's greatest saltwater fisherman during the days of the Flagler railroad, the era came to an end when the hurricane of 1935 destroyed the club and the railroad. 

     INDIAN KEY STATE HISTORIC SITE  
Located less than a mile from the ocean shore off Lower Matecumbe, 305-664-4815.
A 12-acre lush with tropical vegetation. The island's former inhabitants included New York seaman John Jacob Housman, who in 1831, established a colony of homes laid out along paved streets with a lavishly landscaped central courtyard in 1840, the island was raided by hostile Indians and most of the buildings were destroyed.

MATECUMBE PUBLIC BEACH
MM73.5, Islamorada.
Long stretch of beach suitable for jogging or sunbathing, shallow swimming, no restrooms.


      SAN PEDRO UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVE  
A shipwreck park named after the sunken Spanish ship "San Pedro", the underwater park is located under 18 feet of water approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key. In 1773, the San Pedro, sailing under the Spanish flag, wrecked and went to the bottom off the Florida coast. The remains of the 287-ton San Pedro rest on a white sand pocket -- the home of sea creatures living amidst ballast stones and coral heads.

 

Not only the beach, but the wildlife, make the Keys  Parks so appealing. Bird-watchers make sure to pack your binoculars to view the roseate spoonbills, egrets and eagles. Kayak and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the wildlife and view the gentle manatees and playful dolphins that call the Keys home.

Islamorada  The "Purple Isles"

Islamorada, the centerpiece of a group of islands called the "purple isles," was named by Spanish explorers after the Spanish meaning of the word "morada" either for the violet sea snail, janthina janthina, found on the seashore here, or for the purple bougainvillea flowers found in the area. The Islamorada area includes Plantation, Windley and Upper and Lower Matecumbe keys and Long Key.
 
  •  Holiday Isles Beach & Pool   you don't have to stay there to play there

  •  Library Park and Beach   

    Tucked away behind the Islamorada library is Islamorada County Park, with a small beach on a creek. The water isn't very deep, but it is crystal clear. Currents are swift, making swimming unsuitable for young children, but kids can enjoy the playground. There are also picnic tables, grassy areas, and restrooms.

    Address: MM 81.5, BS, Islamorada, FL, USA

  •  Ann's Beach   You'll see this delightful park as you travel the Overseas Highway. It's just a half-mile south of MM 74 and stretches alongside the ocean, making it a popular stop for a brief stop, sunning and swimming. You can also set up a picnic here and enjoy the quiet tropical environment. A winding boardwalk that passes through short, leggy mangrove trees also offers a scenic stroll. There is no admission fee.

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    OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

    Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
    About 90 miles east of Key West.



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    Sep 01-Dec 15 ... $135/night .. $ 865/week. (3 night min)
    Dec 16-Aug 31 ... $160/night .. $ 1020/week. (3 night min)
    Holidays ........ $200/night .. $1200/week. (3 night min)
    Special Events .. $200/night .. $1200/week. (3 night min)
    
    Special Events includes Mini + Open Lobster Season.
    20 % deposit required to make a reservation.
    Refundable up to 30 days before arrival date. Hurricane season is fully refundable
    Cleaning fee and 12.5% sales tax are already included.
                
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