The Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys are really nice to visit if you have never been to FL. There are many things to do, it's sunny, lots of nice beaches (Sombrero Beach for example), parks, and water activities: jet skiing, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, etc.
Starting with Key Largo, the John Pennekamp park is located here and is really nice to visit. They offer a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkeling, diving, and much more. A little bite more pricey than other parks around.

 A little further south, is Islamorada which has many fishing boats to go offshore and deep sea fish, or party boats available.  Alot of the fishing boats you travel off of, you keep the fish you catch, which is nice to bring home and cook for dinner.

Kayaking at Curry Hammock state park

Marathon, which is further south of Islamorada, is where I stayed the last time and it;s a nice convienent place to stay bc its bascially center or middle of the keys between Key Largo and Key West. The Curry hammock state park is located here, which is nice, quiet park to hang out for the day. Even with the kids, bc it has a playground as well. There are also fishing activities and great seafood restaurants in Marathon as well. Then Key West is about an hour drive from Marathon. Key West is the most southern point of the state of Florida. At Mile marker zero, it's a 90 mile boat ride to Cuba. Many people take the famous picture at the most southern point mark.

Key West seems to be awake at night.

Kayaking at Curry Hammock state park
It has many bars such as Sloppy Joes, Fat Tuesdays, Ricks, and the Lazy Gecko, which some may have a live band or singer or DJ. The city has old timey bed-N-breakfast hotels as well. And at Mallory Square at sunset is the place to be. Mallory Square is a boardwalk right on the water, and you can see the sun perfectly set at that time, while at the same time, all sorts of people are performing little shows to keep you occupied, such as the 'fire-eating' man, and the man who trained his dog to walk to ropes, and the guy who juggles and rides a unicycle around!! The people who bring their snakes, parrots, or whatever other animal they have. Its something else. It reminds me of a 'Ripley's Believe it or not' show. You can also get any kind of snack you want there on the square, such as funnel cake, pina colatas, conch fritters, and margaritas.
Big Ice cream cone @ Mallory Square
Its very touristy, with shops selling sunglasses, keychains, shells, and anything else to drag you in the store.

As far as lodging, if you like to camp in RV or campsite with a tent, many of the parks offer campsites. Many hotels and resorts are all throughout the Keys. My first trip to the Keys I went to Bahia Honda State Park MM 37, and this park offers cabins and campsites. It was so beautiful, the water was crystal clear blue.

Also one my last trip, I witnessed 2 different weddings going on, so if planned right, Key West is a great place to get married! The atmosphere and environment are fit with the older type buildings and ocean right there.

At least one trip per lifetime is necessary to visit the Florida Keys. Its worth it , even as a family trip. I have been 3 different times now, and loved them all. Bring sunscreen, a hat, beach towels and have a great time!

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Kayaking at Curry Hammock state pa…
Kayaking at Curry Hammock state p…
Kayaking at Curry Hammock state pa…
Kayaking at Curry Hammock state p…
Big Ice cream cone @ Mallory Square
Big Ice cream cone @ Mallory Square
At Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant
At Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant
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Red Fish Blue Fish
This is a seafood restaurant in Key West walking distance from Mallory Square. It was excellent food! They have jambalaya cajun style, crab cakes, fis… read entire review
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