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Florida Keys part1
Florida Keys part 1
Few places in the world have the scenery, history or the romance to match that of the Florida Keys. It is a chain of islands that spread from the Florida mainland to Key West, the most southern point of America. If you drive from Miami this can take approximately 4 hours as you cruise along the spectacular scenery wherever you look.
They are all linked by a single Highway (HWY 1) or sometimes known as Overseas highway,.
You drive with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf Ocean on the other, each section has its own personal character, the only thing they all share is the fantastic natural setting. Each island is like a little spot in the sea.
Although the route is packed with visual delights, incredible sunsets and not only, full of fishing and diving opportunities as well as underwater exploration. A paradise for Sea, fishing and romantic hearts! !
One of the best beaches is in the Keys, a strip of white sand that separates the ocean from a lake which is called Bahia Honda State Park. There are picnic tables and swimming areas. Many white pigeons and great white herons are the most regularly sighted examples of the local birdlife.
Several thousand people live on big Pine Key but the best known residents are the Key Deers. They are under Federal protection and it is illegal to feed them, lots of warning signs to remind us.
The Indian Key State has a history starting from the eccentric Jacob Housman who bought the 11- acre island with the intention to grab a share of Keys salvaging business. His initial success made the island an instant town with shops and warehouses. In 1839 he lost his salvaging licence and sold the island to the botanist James Perrine. Housman and Perrine were both killed a year later by Indians for its stores. The uninhabited now island is overgrown by many plants introduced by Perrine like tea and coffee.
The most popular island for fishing, charter boats and marinas is Islamorada.
Fishing enthusiasts can join the “party boats” which carries 20 to 30 beginners out to sea and provides all the necessary instructions and equipment for a day’s fishing. There are lots of photos of satisfied customers displaying their catches.
As one would expect in this area there are many fish restaurants including Seafood Buffets.
A must for Seafood lovers! !
Author: Chris Melaisi (Villa link: click here)
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Page added on: 12 February 2015
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