Getting Active in the Florida Keys

    The old 7-mile bridge, alongside the newer is a beautiful stretch.

    The old 7-mile bridge, alongside the newer is a beautiful stretch.

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    Old seven mile Bridge cycling

    Old seven mile Bridge cycling

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    When I visited the Florida Keys last year, it was immediately obvious to me that this place was an activity seeker's paradise. In fact, there’s so much to do here that you might even manage to stay in shape, in spite of the mountains of delicious seafood that are going to come your way.

    I thought I’d round up some of the fun activities that I found whilst down in the Keys, to get you inspired to head out and visit for yourself. If I were headed back to the Keys to get active these are exactly the adventures I’d be getting up to:

     

    Cycling

    I’ve always loved cycling, and the Florida Keys are the perfect place to enjoy this sport – not least because they are so flat. A great place to go cycling is at the old Seven Mile Bridge. If seven miles sounds a bit taxing, don’t worry, you can actually only cycle for a couple of miles before you reach the end of the road. On the way you’ll get a lovely view of the waters between the Keys (islands to you and me), and the journey finishes with this view:

     

     

    Boats can be rented at Pier 68 Boat Rental along the Florida Keys Oversea

    Boats can be rented at Pier 68 Boat Rental along the Florida Keys Oversea

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    Here’s a great way to see the beautiful reefs of the Upper Florida Keys.

    Here’s a great way to see the beautiful reefs of the Upper Florida Keys.

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    Sport Fishing


    When I was growing up I spent a lot of time sport fishing at sea, in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and I know just how much fun this sport can be.

    The Florida Keys are the perfect location for a spot of sport fishing, with some of the most exciting fish roaming these waters, including sailfish, swordfish and marlin.

    Snorkeling

    I’m a big fan of water activities. Though I never learnt to dive (although of course you can dive here, too), I have spent a great deal of time snorkeling. I find bobbing around in the sea to be a very relaxing endeavor, particularly when the waters are as warm as they are off the Keys.

    There are numerous locations where you can enjoy some snorkeling, with reefs to explore and colorful fish to see. There’s even an annual underwater music festival, if you’re looking for something a little quirky.


    Jet Skiing


    If I have one regret about my trip to the Florida Keys, it’s that I didn’t manage to get myself on a Jet Ski. I saw a lot of folks jet skiing though, and it looked like a heck of a lot of fun – I mean, what’s not to love about flying over those gorgeous warm turquoise waters astride a mighty machine?

    Florida Key Tropic Seaplane

    Florida Key Tropic Seaplane

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    Take off via seaplane for Little Palm Island.

    Take off via seaplane for Little Palm Island.

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    Taking a Seaplane Ride

    If you don’t want to get wet, don't worry, you can still enjoy the waters around the Keys from the air. Hop into a seaplane, and you’ll be able to see all sorts of things, like the sunken ship in the shot above, through to dolphins, turtles and other marine life. Loads of fun!

    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. The opinions and text are all mine.

    All photos by Laurence Noah

     

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