Experience the Florida Keys
More on the beauty and special qualities of the Florida Keys’ eco-system. This week John Pennycamp State Park turns 50, Crane Point Museum and Backcountry Kayacking Adventures are featured.
The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK
America’s First Undersea Park Turned 50
Called the “crown jewel of the state park system,” divers, snorkelers and Keys visitors can thank the late Miami Herald editor John Pennekamp for helping to create the first undersea park in the United States, dedicated December 10, 1960.
Come learn about the reef, wildlife, snorkeling, diving, & much more! Canoe, kayak, & paddleboat rentals available. Ask about our environmental programs & guided nature walks along the Mangrove & Wild Tamarind trails (offered seasonally or upon request).
“It’s the oldest underwater park, not just in Florida, not just in the U.S., but it set a precedent for the world,” said Earle. “This protected area where even the fish have a safe haven, is a gift to the world.”
Phone: (305) 451-6300 *
102601 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 102.5
Key Largo , FL 33037
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon
CRANE POINT: The Secret in Marathon’s Heart
Tucked away amid the heart of the Marathon shopping district lies a 64-acre tropical oasis of hardwood trees, nature trails and educational displays for adults and children.
This is Crane Point, a slightly elevated patch of land called a hammock where a Bahamian immigrant and his family set up homestead in the early 20th century. Today, the entire area is owned and managed by the Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust, a private organization working to protect the Keys.
Immigrant George Adderley and his family lived a simple life among exotic tropical trees such as the lignumvitae, whose incredibly hard wood was once used to make bowling balls. The Adderleys survived by making charcoal and gathering and selling sponges from the crystal clear waters of the Keys.
Mile Marker 50.5 Bayside
Marathon , FL 33050
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Kayaking, remote beaches, relaxation – – our all inclusive Key West backcountry experience!
Tour the backcountry of the Lower Florida Keys with Reelax Charters and Captain Andrea Paulson. Enjoy an all-inclusive backcountry experience and relax in the Florida Keys. Swim and kayak or just enjoy a walk along the beaches at low tide. A wonderful way to spend a day in the Florida Keys viewing birds and aquatic life in a natural serene habitat-
Enjoy one of the most unique kayak tours in the Lower Keys. Peaceful remote island tours in the backcountry waters of Sugarloaf Key. View bird & marine life, swim, or walk a remote beach at low tide. Reasonable prices for up to 6 people. Families welcome. Phone: 305-304-1392 * Toll Free: 305-744-0263 * Fax: 305-744-0263
Sugarloaf Key Marina, MM17
These are some of my favorite experiences this week in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share your favorite experiences with us in the comments section of our blog…
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