5 Fun Things to Do in Islamorada

By Kara Franker Measuring only 20 miles long and, in some places, barley 150 feet wide, Islamorada is a collection of islands located in the Florida Keys. Legend has it the area was named by Spanish explorers who, upon seeing the purple sky at sunset and the purple bougainvillea, called it “isla…

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Driving and Dining Through the Florida Keys

By Rachelle Lucas One of the most scenic road trips in the United States, a hundred miles of island-hopping coastal highway from Key Largo to Key West, is peppered with great restaurants to try. Since you’re bound to work up an appetite cruising along one of the top road trips in the United…

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Florida Keys History: African-American Landmarks & Sites

From Bahama Village to historic churches, Monroe County has many stops worth exploring. Florida Keys history is rich and diverse. African American landmarks and legacies exist in various locations throughout the state. The following historical sites can be found in Monroe County. While some of…

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The Florida Keys: A Tasty Slice of History in Key West

Jeff Klinkenberg We take our Key lime pie seriously in Florida. Try to pass off a pie made with a Persian lime and we will call you out. Key limes are as small as golf balls. They’re greenish-yellow and mouth-puckering tart. You can’t have a Key lime pie without them. Now for the bad news. The…

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10 Florida Keys Restaurants Worth Your While

By Rachelle Lucas A traveler can dine well, all the way down through the Florida Keys. With 127 miles of turquoise-blue water, countless tiki huts and tons of kitschy "mom & pop" diners, the scenic Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West is probably one of the best road trips in America. Here…

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8 Ways to See Wildlife in the Florida Keys

By Kate O'Neal For my family, visiting the Florida Keys has always been about the wildlife. Few places in the U.S. offer such easy access to such a range of unusual and fascinating creatures. Some are rare and endangered like the petite Key deer, which number less than 1,000. Some are so common as…

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Glass Bottom Boating in the Florida Keys

By Terry Gibson When my sister and I were very young, my parents took us out on a glass-bottom boat tour of John Pennekamp Park, in the Florida Keys. It was the first time we saw a coral reef, and we were utterly fascinated by the millions of fish we saw swimming among the bright, branching…

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A Guide to Winter Fishing in the Florida Keys

You may not catch a 255-pound swordfish every trip, but any winter fishing excursion to the Florida Keys is full of adventurous angling potential. By Terry Gibson A few winters back, long-time friend and legendary New York-based charter Capt. John McMurray called me to plan the fishing adventure…

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How to Immerse Yourself in Florida Keys Culture

Surrounded by sparkling Gulf waters, the Florida Keys is naturally home to aqua-centered historical treasures. At first glance, the Florida Keys are water and sky, horizon and clouds, mangroves and marshes. But look in the right places and you'll find a beautiful island chain alive with history…

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Live Music Venues in the Florida Keys

By Carlos Harrison The Hog’s Breath Saloon’s slogan is “Hog’s breath is better than no breath at all.” The truth is, it’s a whole lot better than that. Whether you’re heading to or from watching the sun dip into the sea at Mallory Square, starting a night of barhopping or looking for a spot to…

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