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Florida Keys and Key West
Away from the thrills and bustle of the parks, America's sunny south east has plenty to offer in its own right. Florida's most unique and intriguing natural feature is The Florida Keys, an archipelago of over 1700 tropical islands which stretch along the coast, from Miami around into the Gulf of Mexico. The Islands or ‘Keys’ are impressively linked up by the Overseas Highway (US Route 1) with its 42 bridges (the longest stretching 7 miles) and dangling on the end is Key West, the southernmost point of North America.
The Overseas Highway: If you’ve rented a car then driving over the ocean-skimming highway is an experience in itself. Georgous weather, stunning scenery and air conditioning make US1 ideal for a roadtrip. Key Largo is the first stop on the overseas highway and largest of the keys. The Molasses coral reef is the best site for Diving or taking a glass-bottom boat trip, also there's The Caribbean Shipwreak Museam or Swimming with Dolphins. Dry Tortugas National Park is located midway through the Florida keys and is only accessible by boat or plane from Key west. It is famous for its coral reefs, masses of sea life and shipwrecks. Its centrepiece is the massive but never finished coastal fortress Fort Jefferson. Among the activities on offer are snorkelling, fishing and scuba-diving (for lost treasure).
Key West: Once to get to America's Last Resort you'll Instantly feel the influence of this eccentric and carefree bohemian island treasure. From the Ernest Hemingway Museum to the Key West Botanical Forest, Key West has something for all ages and even has a ghost tour that takes visitors on a walking tour through town and highlights all the haunted homes. The Key West Aquarium is worth a visit if you've every wanted to pet a shark. In the evening, soak up the Atmosphere at outdoor picnic tables at Schooner wharf during cocktail hour Or for Something a little more left-field, Mallory Square Pier hosts a daily Sunset Ritual with Fire-eaters, Jugglers and Buskers. It is impossible not to fall for the charm and colour of America's Last Resort!
**In October each year, Key West hosts Fantasy Fest, a carnival-like, 10-day long street party. There are parades, costume contests, street fairs and lots and lots of dancing.**
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Key Largo: Try Snappers for alfresco dining on Seaside Avenue. Fresh seafood prepared with a great fusion of Mexican, Caribbean and Cuban flavours. Coconuts Restaurant on the Marina del Mar has great food and great entertainment; like dancing and diving! There are also rooms in the hotel above.
On the Journey: Marathon key is located right in the middle of the Keys just after the 7 mile bridge. While it is a resort in its own right it is a great place to stop and eat. The Highway cafe at Rainbow Bend serves up seafood and salads with breathtaking views. Tom's Harbour house is a spacious harbourfront restaurant famous locally for Tom's Seafood Tower and prime steaks
Key West: This home at the end of the world is full of cuisine from all over the world! From great Italians like 'La Trattoria' on Duvall St. to 'Alonso's Oyster Bar' on Schooner wharf to taking an all inclusive sunset dinner cruise. There are plenty of contemporary American restaurants where you can eat indoors and move outside for Happy Hour.
Conch Traders on Front Street, Key West sells all manner of beautiful island related stuff including coral keyrings, jewllery and prints from local artists. Along Duvall St. most of the restaurants combine dining with shopping and have unique souviners. There's also Evan & Elle which has designer clothing and accessories and numberous stalls selling cupcakes and coffee, Key West Cigars, jewellery and of course, Ice Cream.
The Florida Keys have a mild tropical -maritime climate which means the tempatures from summer to winter rarely differ by more than10'C. So.... pretty much Guaranteed Sunshine all year!
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