DREAMSCAPES Spring/Summer /2018
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PLAN A FLORIDA KEYS ESCAPE
 
(2018 - Spring Issue)

Writer: STEVE WINSTON



If you’re looking for a completely different Florida vibe, travel the Overseas Highway to the Florida Keys, a string of pearls framed by the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Gulf of Mexico on the right.

The first island, Key Largo, was immortalized by the Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall movie. From here, you can explore the “River of Grass” known as the Everglades. If you love to snorkel or dive, this is one of the best places in North America to explore the wonders of the ocean. It’s also the only spot in America with an underwater hotel, accessible only to divers.

Next is Islamorada, popular with couples and newlyweds, and as a wedding destination. There are wonderful waterfront restaurants and a growing arts colony, where, during the monthly Morada Way Artwalk, artists open their studios to the public. If sport fishing is more your style, Islamorada is world-class. 

Marathon, your next stop, is the ideal family destination. At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, you can view sea creatures up close and personal. The residents at the Dolphin Research Center will amuse you with their antics and friendly encounters. You can even tour a Turtle Hospital, where huge sea turtles are nursed back to health. Sombrero Beach is popular with both families and couples and the boating and fishing here are world-renowned.

Nature abounds on the Lower Keys, home to two new resorts, campgrounds and the diminutive Key deer. In fact, not only might you see them, they may even come right up to you! Then there’s Stock Island, a cheerfully rustic community featuring funky galleries, busy marinas and great waterfront resorts, restaurants and bars.      

At the end of the island chain, Key West may be the artsiest, coolest little LGBT-friendly city in America and offers an incredible range of attractions and sightseeing. Dining options range from Caribbean to Continental. Hop on the Conch Tour Train and visit historical attractions including the Custom House (c. 1891), the Ernest Hemingway House & Museum, West Martello Fort (c. 1862), the Audubon House, Harry S. Truman Little White House (c. 1890) and many more. Snap a photo at the “Southernmost Point in America” marker. Visit the Butterfly Conservatory. Join in the nightly sunset celebrations at Mallory Square.

There’s really nothing else quite like the Florida Keys.

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