Florida Keys Journals

100 miles packed with fun!

A travel journal to Florida Keys by AnaMH

Quote: The FLORIDA KEYS are a hundred-mile chain of islands that runs to within ninety miles of Cuba. These 100 miles are loaded with natural area, including the Fla. Reef. The Fla. Keys are truly outdoor-lover's paradise. Let’s explore some of the keys!

100 miles packed with fun!

Overview

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Just about every Key offers a traveler an adventure. These adventures may include fishing, snorkeling, diving and a wild sunset tradition at Mallory Square in Key West. Wildlife viewing, mostly of birds, but including dolphins and the unique Key Deer, is another popular thing to do while visiting. While in the Fla. Keys be sure and experience the distinctive cuisine. Many times the best 'native' food will be found served in funky little shacks. Here the food will be fresh, sometimes caught right there, and you’ll always have a great time kicking back and relaxing. A home town favorite is Conch, a rich meaty mollusk, usually served in chowders and fritters. Another 'must' is authentic Key Lime P...Read More

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Hotel | "Cheeca Lodge"

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Staying at the Cheeca Lodge is something you won't soon forget. The Lodge is nestled on 27 acres of landscaped gardens with a glorious beach on the Atlantic side. There is something here for every water-lover, including snorkeling, diving and fishing. Islamorada is world known for it's fishing.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Cheeca Lodge & Spa
81801 Overseas Highway
Florida Keys, Florida 33036
(305) 664-4651?

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The gallery was founded in 1994, when 14 artists from the Lower Keys pulled together and pooled their resources. Boy did they name this gallery right! 'Artists In Paradise Gallery' is an a true art lovers paradise with a funky modern feel to it.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Artist in Paradise Gallery
221 Key Deer Boulevard
Florida Keys, Florida
(305) 872-1828

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Attraction | "Fla Keys National Marine Santuary"

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a popular diving and snorkeling site, owing to its spectacular coral formations and crystal-clear water. You’ll see lots of tarpon, eagle rays, lobster, tropical fish, and yellowtail. One of the best places in the Sanctuary to dive is Looe Key, near Cudjoe Key, where the water depth ranges from 8 to 35 feet. Nearby is the Aldolphus Bush wreck, a 200 foot freighter which is in 65 feet of water. On a clear day, it can be seen from a few feet below the surface.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Florida Reef, Floriday Bay and Gulf of Mexico
Florida Keys, Florida 33040
(305) 292-5065

Fantasy Fest

Attraction | "Fantasy Fest in Key West"

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This wild event draws visitors from all around the world. Everyone flocks to Key West for ten days of outrageous events, which get wilder as the nights go by. The Fantasy Fest parade is the highlight and a sight to see. Throughout the fest, there are themed parties, masked balls, street parties and tons of elaborate costume contests. It starts October 21 and ends on Halloween night. This is a 'must.'

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2000

Fantasy Fest
1111 Twelfth Street, Suite 211
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-1817

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My favorite place growing up to spend a day was the non-profit Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key at MM59. Here you can swim with the dolphins for around $90 a swim. This must be planned way in advance due to their only taking reservations the first day of every month.

I spent many summers living on the largest of several islands in the Middle Keys, Key Vaca. Here you will find Marathon, the area's large city. Marathon is home to a rare thing in the keys...Beaches! Sombrero Beach has good swimming waters and shaded picnic tables. This beach can be crowded. Key Colony Beach to the north is nicer and quieter.

Key West

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Story/Tip

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Key West has changed over the years. This once low-key island has been thoroughly commercialized. These days you’ll find a modern, franchise-type restaurant smack in the middle of Duval Street and thousands of cruise ship passengers descending on Mallory Square every day. It's definitely not the seedy town Hemingway and his cronies once called their own. The Key West's locals, or 'conchs' (pronounced 'conks') are not very thrilled with what has been done to their city. The Laid-back Key West of years past still exist, it’s just harder to find. A favorite place to kick back is at the waterfront of both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. If laid-back is not for you, head to downtown Key West. This ...Read More