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Kayaking Florida's Keys and Everglades

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There is more to the everglades than alligators and airboats, the labyrinth of mangroves and thick vegetation is a wilderness for kayakers to get lost in. The channels are flat and critters peer out at you from all directions their eyes following you from the thick undergrowth.

Florida is a good winter paddling destination for more than just the everglades, on the ocean side you have the Florida Keys for island hopping, though no camping so you have to plan your trip around available accommodation. As well as the world renowned reefs, marine parks and national parks you'll probably come across some friendly dolphins and manatees. The water is shallow, flat and mild and excellent for beginners.

One of the best things about poking around Florida's waterways are it's dodgy history of drug runners and smugglers who at one time were the waterways main users.

Written by  Michael Gray.

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“Gliding Along the ‘Forgotten Coast’ of Florida”

By Tristram Korten for the New York Times First Published: May 3, 2009 ON the morning we launched our kayaks from the boat ramp, it was sunny with a few fat white clouds drifting across a blue sky. We pushed off and glided out of the mouth of the Apala… Read more...

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