Florida Keys First Trip

Sun, palm trees, and gorgeous crystal clear water are just a few fabulous things about the Florida Keys. There are approximately 1700 islands that make up the Florida Keys, and each one is different and beautiful in its own way. There have been books, songs, and lifestyles centered around this magical place. The Keys are a place of wonder, beauty, fun, and relaxation.

There is so much to see and do in the Florida Keys. From sky diving to sea diving, excellent fishing and boating, shopping, restaurants, historical sites, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must see in Key Largo. This large park is beautiful, has camping, beaches, kayaking, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling and diving expeditions to the largest coral reef in the Unites States, and more. We had fun kayaking in the crystal clear water and through the mangroves. We were able to see fish and wildlife on the kayak expedition. It is possible to stop and rest along the way to enjoy the water or snorkel to get a closer look underwater.

Just off of the beach there is a shipwreck snorkeling dive site to explore. On the day

we went the water was a little choppy and visibility not as good as usual, but it was an unforgettable experience. We saw parts of the ship, cannons, and lots of fish.

It would be easy to spend your whole vacation at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, but there is so much more to see and do in the Keys. Upon driving to Islamorada, there is a huge lobster that indicates the location of the Rain Barrel Artisan Gallery and it is a must see. This is the perfect place to get all your souvenirs and gifts for all occasions. There are many different stands with local artists displaying their masterpieces. Everything from art, jewelry, handmade soaps, housewares and decorations and so much more can be found at this unique collections of shops.

Further down the road also in Islamorada is a unique microbrewery called the Florida Keys Brewing Company. This is a great place to stop and wet your whistle after all that shopping.

When you finally wind your way all the way down US 1 Key West and all of its splendor awaits. There is so much to see, do, taste, and explore in Key West. One good way to explore is on one of the trolley tours where it drops off and picks up at many interesting points on the island. A few spots of interest are the southernmost point in the United States, Ernest Hemmingway's house, and anywhere with the iconic key lime pie.

The Florida Keys are a definite must see. There are many campgrounds from state parks to privately owned with marinas. With so much to see and do and also so many ways to relax, the Keys are an unforgettable destination.

Until our next blog, Safe travels and Happy Camping!

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