The Keys

05/07/19

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The Florida Keys are a chain of limestone and fossilized coral reefs which became exposed during the ice age and upon which debris from the West Indies was deposited. The 126 mile overseas highway links 40 inhabited islands and crosses 42 bridges. (photo by  Suiseiseki Wikimedia Commons)
 

Key Largo is a 30 mile long island consisting of hardwood hammock and mangrove.
 

The colorful fish and corals of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park make it a prime diving and snorkelling location.

Biscayne National Park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs.
 

Dolphin and turtle refuges, bird sanctuaries and nature centres dot the islands.

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park displays the unique forces that formed the Keys.
 

This cute resort was our base in Islamorada, the half-way point of the Keys.

Duval and Caroline Streets are the hub of old town Key West with its 60 historic sites including Ernest Hemingway home and Truman's little White House.
 

Art installations attest to Key West's quirky nature.

Key West Bight is an active harbour and marina.
 

Key West is famous for its brightly colored buildings and vehicles.

Key West Museum of Art and History is set in a former customs house.
 

Beautiful sunset views can be seen over the Gulf of Mexico side of the keys.

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