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THE FLORIDA KEYS

      Most people know the Florida Keys and Key West as a great getaway. One of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits. But a getaway to the Florida Keys and Key West is much more than peace and quiet. And not just because of the legendary fishing and the world’s most spectacular dive sites. The Keys mean history. Art. Theatre. Museums. Shopping. Fine dining. Entertainment. And much more. All told, 120 miles of perfect balance between natural beauty and extra-ordinary excitement. Between relaxation and activities. Between the quaint and the classic. And you’ll find our accommodations just as diverse as our pleasures. From some of the best camping spots in the country to luxurious hotels. From charming bed-and-breakfasts to rustic, family-owned lodgings. In other words, we’ve got something for everyone. In the next few pages you’ll get to know what your Florida Keys vacation can and will be like. What you’d expect. And what will surprise you. Our fame and our secrets. We figured we owed it to you. After all, we wouldn’t want you to get here and wish you had booked just a few more days.


 

 

THE LOWER KEYS

      It’s real. And breathtaking. The kind of natural beauty that doesn’t exist anywhere else. From our pristine waters to the spectacular Great Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Put on your gear and explore the incredible living reefs of the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, named after the HMS Looe which ran aground here in 1744. Nearby, marvel at the Adolphus Busch, Sr. the underwater attraction.
The Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge is home to several hundred miniature deer. If you want to see them, the best times are early morning and dusk. If you want to capture one, don’t forget to bring your camera. Of course, the fishing here is outstanding, and so is kayaking the inland waters at Watson’s
Hammock. And if you want to find out what a gorgeous beach is really all about, visit Bahia Honda State Park and its camping areas, cabins, marinas and picnic grounds. For more information on Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys, visit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce at mile marker 31. Or simply dial 1-800-USA-ESCAPE. You can also e-mail us at lkchamber@aol.com and visit our web site fla-keys.com/lowerkeys


 

 

KEY WEST

      Whether you drive or fly into Key West, one thing’s for sure: there’s simply no place quite like it. An island city of palm-lined streets boasting Victorian homes, gingerbread conch houses and mansions on the National Register. John Audubon and Ernest Hemingway lived here. One had a passion for preservation. The other, a great zest for living. And that combination gives Key West its unique personality. The moment you get on world-famous Duval Street, in Old Town Key West, you do more than feel the ambiance. You become a part of it. Sure, Key West is dive shops and charter boats. And glorious sunsets. But it’s also a Bahamian Village. Historic Forts. Lighthouses. Theaters. Museums. Galleries. Festivals. Markets. Sidewalk cafes. Legendary pubs. Even Truman’s Little Whitehouse. At Key West you can buy a postcard or a famous handprint. You don’t need a car. Tour the city on foot or by trolley. Mingle with some of the world’s most fun-loving characters. And find some of the best-made cigars and aloe products anywhere. Key West is unique. And unspoiled. A feast for your heart and your soul. In short, if you’re planning on visiting Key West, plan on staying longer than anticipated.
      To learn all about Key West, stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 402 Wall Street in Old Town. Or call 1-800-LAST-KEY. You can also e-mail us at info@keywestchamber.org and visit our web site fla-keys.com/keywest.


photos and text courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council

John Thielen
Licensed Real Estate Consultant
Member of the Key West Association of Realtors
Century 21 All Keys, Inc.
1223 White Street
Suite # 105
Key West, FL 33040
(800) 651-KEYS (5397)
(305) 292-6161
fax: (305) 296-7436
John@KWParadise.com

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