A tropical experience in Florida
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Florida Keys is a chain of various little islands that is 120 miles long, that is linked to the mainland of Florida. It is a very popular place especially with Americans. It is seen as a place that is seen as an American Caribbean region of the country and many feel that they can take a tropical vacation without travelling that far or even need to change money. Florida Keys was the home of legendary author Ernest Hemingway during 1930's and 40's before he moved to Cuba. There are a few islands that are the main islands that go along the highway and are considered the key islands of the Florida Keys.
The first island of The Upper Keys region is Key Largo. This is a place for those who want to see some of the best landscape. As this place has a national park, two state parks and a national marine sanctuary and there are no beaches here but there are living reefs (this applies to most islands in Florida keys.) Which is why this place attracts divers from all over the world.
Islamorada is one of the islands that fishing enthusiasts should go to. This island is one of the main reasons why it is called the 'Sport Fishing Capital of the World'. The name of the island means purple isles this is reflected by the resorts and shops on the island which makes you understand why it is called that. The popular type of fishing on the island is bone-fishing and sail-fishing which is why they have lots of tournaments that are based around these two species. The tournaments are mainly catch and release so don't worry if you feel that it's barbaric and only done to get more food stock. Although with that said the island is well known for some of the freshest seafood you can find.
Marathon is the island that is located in the middle of the Florida Keys, this consist of various little islands. Marathon is linked to the lower Florida Keys on the south end of the seven mile bridge. This is a bridge many have seen even if they haven't been to the keys, as this bridge has starred in many movies, it is also the bridge. Marathon is more a place to relax, it has some of the same immunities as the other islands but isn't as fussy as the main islands on the Upper Keys.
Now Big Pine Key may not have any shopping malls, fast food places, has not many buildings or anywhere to stay such as Florida vacation rentals or hotels but it does have one thing that will make other envies, a beach. Located in the Bahia Honda State Park this is a beach that many publications have dubbed the most beautiful beach in the world. Glorious sand, a marina and facilities for those want to camp there. Also the state park is a nature preserve which has beautiful set of plants and flowers that you might not see anywhere else. This is also the place where you may get a glimpse of the endangered Key Deer.
Key West is the island that is linked by the Overseas Highway. This is an island that has many types of people have been resided on even the United States Navy. This has become of touristy part of the Florida Keys. This island has roughly 27,000 residents located there and is also home to resorts hotels and other places that focus on accommodations. On this island there are many events such as festivals, fishing tournaments and others that will draw crowds of people. Scuba diving here is a must as the waters are an azure blue and contain many different types of species all in one place and some you won't find anywhere else. Also add to the fact that there are ship wrecks there that are great to explore. If there is one thing you should try is snorkelling at night you will be blown away at the amazing sea life from this island. Most of these islands offer the same things to do like water sports, kayaking, jet skiing, para-sailing, boating and sunset cruises.
Getting to this chain of islands isn't exactly straight forward it really depends on what part of the Florida Keys you want to visit you would have to use one of the various ways of getting there from Mainland Florida. If visiting the Upper part of Keys you can fly to Miami International airport of Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and then take a shuttle bus or drive yourself with a car rental. It will take about an hour from Miami and 45 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale. At the midway point of the Florida Keys is the small city called Marathon visitors can fly there thanks to it accepting small charter flights. If anything the Key West International Airport is the main airport of the keys area and the best option as it is the largest island and you won't have to drive much.
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