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Key Largo and The Florida Keys

Listed under Islands in US South East, United States.

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Between the Everglades National Park to its west and a barrier reef to its east, Key Largo is a well known diving and fishing destination, though its location also offers good conditions for kayaking and bird watching.

Key Largo is flat and sunny, more like the Caribbean than the rest of Miami, and is connected to mainland Miami by two long road bridges, one being US Highway 1.

The Florida Keys include 1700 subtropical islands and islets which are the limestone remains of a vast ancient coral reef, the last sections of which survive under the surface. In addition to North America’s only living barrier reef, divers in the Florida Keys have access to numerous artificial reefs created by intentionally sinking large ships off the coast.

157kms from the coast of Cuba, Key West is one of the largest and most built up of the Florida Key Islands and was home to Ernest Hemingway who was a regular at Sloppy Joe's Bar on the main street. Big Pine Key is home to the rare Key Deer and the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. Islamoranda is good for sport fishing, and has several shallow reefs suitable for snorkelling.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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“The Florida Keys”

Not very interesting. Occasional sea aquariums along the long causeway running through this chain of islets. Nowhere of interest to stay until you get to Key West, which has been taken over to some extent by gays. If you are into Hemingway history, it's… Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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The Florida Keys have become a popular destination for Americans looking for a tropical vacation without leaving their own country.The Florida Keys can be considered the American Caribbean and features all the same amenities as other island destinations such as world class sport fishing,scuba diving and snorkeling,boating,sailing,kayaking and eco-tours.

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