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Florida Keys Travel Guide

  • Upper Keys' islands are steeped in history, frozen in time

    Hop a shuttle boat to a pair of islands frozen in history: Lignumvitae and Indian keys, about 78 miles north of Key West. Both state parks are treasures of Florida natural history and political intrigue. The past is all that's frozen on Lignumvitae. The man who invented the dye for bluejeans, William...

  • The lower Florida Keys: Wildlife and friendly folk

    At dinner in Miami Beach the night before I picked up the rented Toyota and drove down U.S. 1, my friend Laura, Florida born and bred, explained how she knew when she'd crossed the border into Keys territory: "You walk into a bar where you've never been in your life. If everyone there treats you...

  • Like Alice in snorkeland, a visitor to the barrier reef of the Florida Keys finds herself enthralled.

    Our small boat bobs like a rubber duck in a bathtub of frolicking 2-year-olds, the red-and-white "diver down" flag snapping like the pop of fingers to an up-tempo beat. On the deck, I hang onto a handrail and look down at the rolling Atlantic Ocean. Here, 3½ miles from shore in the Key Largo National...

  • Kayaks glide to popularity in Keys

    A caravan of kayaks snakes through a narrow opening in a mangrove forest in the backcountry waters of the lower Florida Keys. "The slower you go, the more you see," said kayaking guide Bill Keogh, who offers daily guided tours. Kayaking is growing in popularity among tourists looking to get away...

  • Pushing the limits

    We are excited about our inaugural trip to Key West -- photographing architecture, dining on fresh-caught fish, experiencing the fabled sunset celebration. But we also feel a nervous anxiety. Heidi, who has severe rheumatoid arthritis, has used a wheelchair for 25 years. That quarter-century of...

  • A place where the dream takes wing

    Fred Geibelt has his rain forest. Sam Trophia has his butterfly conservatory. See, in Key West, dreams really do come true. Even when they take years. Trophia would probably say that his dream started in upstate New York when, at age 9, he took his first caterpillar home and watched it turn into...

  • Key West's gardens benefit from climate and charm

    Tourists are typically drawn to Key West by high-profile attractions such as the Hemingway House, the Conch Train tour and Mallory SquareÂ’s sunset celebration. Few people ever say they want to go to the southernmost city to see the fabulous gardens. Maybe they should reconsider. Janis Frawley-Holler,...

  • Islamorada fishing

    Islamorada fishing

    Fishing. I never quite understood the allure. Sure, I love the taste of fresh fish. But I can drive to the seafood market and back in 20 minutes. Plus, if I lay out $15, I am guaranteed four big tuna steaks. I never understood the desire to sit still for hours in a frequently fruitless pursuit....

  • Sunset in Key West: For some, it's a lifestyle

    Sunset in Key West: For some, it's a lifestyle

    It didn't take long for New York native Raymond Moffitan to get used to roasting hot dogs and frying twisted pretzels for a living. The 54-year-old former car dealer and hospital administrator was all smiles on a recent night in Mallory Square, the site of Key West's daily Sunset Celebration. Every...

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