From Miami to Key West is only 45 minutes by airplane, but visitors miss a great adventure if they fail to savor the pleasures of America's most rewarding motor odyssey. The jumping off point to the Florida Keys is...
Key Largo - 42 miles south-southwest of Miami. The longest island of the Keys chain, Key Largo is the site where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall battled both Edward G. Robinson and a hurricane in the movie of the same name. Bogart's Key Largo connection still is prevalent today as visitors can view the African Queen, the actual boat Bogart skippered in the movie, on display at MM 100 next to the Holiday Inn Resort & Marina.
Islamorada - the centerpiece of a group of islands called the "purple isles" that includes Plantation Key, Windley Key and both Upper Matecumbe Key and Lower Matecumbe Key. The name sometimes has been ascribed to Spanish explorers who named the island - after the Spanish meaning of the word "morada" - for the heavy concentration of the lovely violet sea snail, janthina, found on the seashore here. Two offshore islands here in the "purple isles" have colorful, historical pasts; Indian Key, where a pioneer, 18th century tropical agriculturist was killed by raiding Indians, and Lignumvitae Key, famous for the hardwood tree of the same name. Both are accessible by private and rental boats from nearby marinas.
Known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World", Islamorada is heralded for its angling diversity and features the Keys' largest fleet of offshore charter boats and shallow water "backcountry" boats. The Keys boast more sports fishing world records than any other fishing destination in the world. Anglers can find sailfish, marlin, dolphin (the fish, not the mammal), kingfish, snapper, barracudas and grouper in the ocean. In the shallow waters exists tarpon, bonefish, redfish, and a cavalcade of other species.
Long Key State Park has nature trails leading to tropical hammocks reminiscent of the Keys' wilderness of a century ago, and Grassy Key is the site of the Dolphin Research Center, one of three facilities that provide visitors an opportunity to interact with the intelligent mammals sometimes known as porpoises. Contact us today to learn more about the Upper Keys real estate!
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