DREAMSCAPES SPRIG/SUMMER 2022
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FLORIDA KEYS
 
(2022 - Spring/Summer Issue)

Writer: PAUL KNOWLES



Summertime is the ideal time to visit The Florida Keys, a perfect family destination, with countless outdoor adventures—on land and on the water.

These islands are linked by the 195-kilometre Overseas Highway that crosses 42 bridges. You’ll discover wide-open spaces with plenty of possibilities for family adventure, and unlimited opportunities to explore nature and enjoy eco-adventures. Wherever you are along this island chain, you’re near the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, so daytime temperatures are almost always in the low 30s Celsius.

Dive Right In

The most northern key, Key Largo is “the Dive Capital of the World,” with unparalleled snorkelling and scuba at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. With options for all ages, Key Largo has ample tours of the Everglades, one of the world’s most fascinating ecosystems.

What’s the Catch?

Islamorada’s marinas are a launch-point for family fun, whatever your choice of water sport. No wonder it’s dubbed “the Sport Fishing Capital of the World” with marinas everywhere. You can explore the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and the History of Diving Museum, while kids will be thrilled by the aquatic shows at Theater of the Sea.

Do dolphins Shake Hands?

In Marathon, you can walk, bike and fish on the reopened old Seven Mile Bridge. Families also flock here to shake flippers or swim with dolphins at the highly reputed Dolphin Research Center. You’ll meet aquatic friends at Aquarium Encounters, or the Turtle Hospital. Visit the Adderley House, and the Crane Point Museum and Nature Trails. Sun and sand fans enjoy the many beaches, including Sombrero Beach.

Up Close with Nature

Campers and RVers love Big Pine and the Lower Keys, home to the diminutive key deer, the coral reefs of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Bahia Honda State Park (a great family destination with beaches, reef tours, and room to play), and Blue Hole. Highly rated eateries include No Name Pub on Big Pine, and the Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island.

A Welcome for All

As Key West sizzles with nightlife, so do the daily activities. There are plenty of restaurants and family-oriented attractions like a butterfly conservatory, aquarium, and the many historic homes and museums that can fill hours of sightseeing, getting kids off the screen. The Conch Tour Train introduces you to Key West’s history, unique architecture, and highlights such as Hemingway House, the Southernmost Point buoy, and the Martello Tower. Seagoing adventures include sunset sails or a day voyage to the Dry Tortugas. Every evening, visitors of all ages gather at Mallory Square to enjoy buskers and celebrate the sunset.

Sweet Symbol

From high-end restaurants to waterfront fish shacks, dining opportunities are endless. Your family can enjoy fresh seafood, Caribbean cuisine, and Key Lime Pie—a sweet delight that is the perfect symbol of The Florida Keys.

Travel Planner

For more travel information on The Florida Keys, please visit fla-keys.com

 
 
 
 
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