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Key Largo is the island at the top of the Florida Keys and visitors often stop off here on their way to or from Key West. When we first visited there about twenty years ago there had been a lot of devastation in the surrounding area due to hurricanes and this took time to rebuild.
To get to Key Largo from the north take the Florida Turnpike south and follow the signs for Homestead and Key West. The Florida Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Follow U. S. 1 south into the Florida Keys. If you are coming from the west coast (i. e. the Naples area) take 1-75 Alligator Alley east to the Miami exit, and south to the Florida Turnpike.
I must admit I have traveled along Alligator alley many times and have yet to see an alligator!
This lovely island at the top of the Florida has very friendly locals and here you can arrange an eco-tour, float on a parasail, go on a jet ski, or relax on a sunset sail or sightseeing tour.
If you visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park you can enjoy the beach, arrange a charter to the offshore coral reef, or stroll along wooden walkways with views of the mangrove wetland. Here you will find the Coral Reef Theatre which is a reconstruction of a living reef in a huge aquarium as well as snorkeling, diving, glass bottom boat tours, kayak and canoe rentals.
Do try and go on the glass bottom boat is a great experience. On it you can interact one-on-one with tropical sea creatures, such as the bottle-nosed dolphin.
The African Queen the original boat from John Houston' s classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn is on display free of charge at the Holiday Inn Marina. Apparently rides can be arranged on it.
At Jacobs Aquatic you can enjoy its three pool complex as well as interactive play pool/water park which is only twelve to eighteen inches deep and has a Pirate Ship and ' spray' gym, this is great for the little ones.
You can rent most water associated items at Key Largo such as power boats, waverunners, kayaks as well as fishing, diving and snorkeling gear rentals, You can also go on guided waverunner tours as well as scuba and snorkeling trips.
Spiegel Grove is the large shipwreck five miles offshore from Key Largo on the Atlantic side of the Keys. This retired Navy ship is the largest ship intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef.
You can see if you do stop over at Key Largo there are plenty of things to do.
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