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Deep-sea fishing. Quaint bed-and-breakfasts in Victorian cottages. Rocky
beaches. Amiable residents. Sounds like a perfect New England setting,
doesnâ€™t it? Guess again. This is the Florida Keys, and the very thought
conjures up images of knockout sunsets, tangy Key lime pie, water
sports, relaxation, good timesâ€”and Ernest Hemingway, arguably the
most famous person associated with Key West.
Henry Flagler, a railroad developer and magnate, is perhaps less well-
known, but he was immeasurably more instrumental to the future of the
Keys. Flagler built the first railroad to Key West in the early 1900s,
opening up the Keys to development and tourism. The railroad was
destroyed by a hurricane in 1935, but the remaining infrastructure was
used to construct the Overseas Highway, which allows easy access to
Today the Florida Keysâ€”including Big Pine Key, Dry Tortugas National
Park, Islamorada, Key Largo, Key West, Marathon, and Sugarloaf Keyâ€”
are the epitome of easy living. Youâ€™ll find plenty to do and see: art and
history museums, national parks, miniature deer, Florida kitsch, kayaks
and catamarans, year-round fishing tournaments, festivals, open-air pubs
and restaurants featuring fish caught the same day.
Thereâ€™s so much to do in the Keys, itâ€™s no wonder the localsâ€”artists,
writers, parrotheads, expatriatesâ€”exhibit such an obvious zest for life.
Perhaps itâ€™s all that Key lime pie.
Put yourself in a Florida Keys state of mind with a leisurely drive on the
113-mile Overseas Highway, passing ultramarine expanses of sea,
clusters of mangrove trees and scrubland, candy-colored plastic palm
trees, tikis and giant seashells.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is just one of many