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Dive The Shipwreck Trek

Destination(s): Florida Keys

Thousands of recreational scuba divers are hosted in the Florida Keys each year, for world class reef and wreck diving. Established by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Keys Shipwreck Heritage Trail is a water-based line of nine notable wreck sites that stretches from Key Largo to Key West. The latest: Vandenberg was sunk May 27, 2009 off of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. A not-to-be-missed Southernmost addition to the Wreck Trek of the Florida Keys. read more about Dive The Shipwreck Trek

Holiday Inn Key Largo

Holiday Inn Key Largo

  • 99701 Overseas Hwy
  • tel:+1 305 451 2121
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  • Key Largo, 33037
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

  • Mile Marker 102.5
  • Overseas Highway
  • tel:+1 305 451 6300
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  • Key Largo, 33037

Kudos to the late "Miami Herald" editor John Pennekamp for helping to create the first undersea park in the United States. Key Largo's John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, established by the state legislature in 1961 to protect the miracle of America's only living coral reef, allows access to abundant underwater wildlife, large brain, staghorn and elkhorn coral formations and a four-foot barracuda who likes to be photographed. Only a 90-minute drive from Miami, Pennekamp is incorporated in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a 2,800 square nautical mile span of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamp on both sides of the Keys island chain, Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the park's most popular dive sites is the nine-foot bronze statue of Jesus Christ that rests in 20 feet of water. The statue is a replica of the "Christ of the Abyss" statue in the Mediterranean Sea and was donated to the Underwater Society of America in 1961 by industrialist Egidi Cressi. Underwater enthusiasts can take a reef adventure on a glass bottom boat, snorkeling or scuba diving. If you're not into the underwater scene, John Pennekamp offers two manmade beaches, canoe, kayak and boat rentals and nature trails, as well as 47 campsites, all with electrical hookups and water. read more about John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The Hungry Tarpon

The Hungry Tarpon

  • 77522 Overseas Highway
  • Lower Matecumbe
  • tel:+1 305 664 0535
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  • Islamorada, 33036
Sombrero Beach

Sombrero Beach

  • Mile Marker 50
  • tel:+1 305 292 4560
  • Marathon, 33050

Dog-paddle in the shallows, or float lazily on a raft perfecting your enviable tan. Marathon's own Sombrero Beach - complete with playground - is a 12.6-acre beautifully landscaped beach with walkways, picnic area, and roped swimming area. And, it's free! It closes at dusk, but during weekends it's all about a pick-up game of volleyball, BBQ's, or a quiet day with a book during the week. Beaches in the Keys are a rarity because it is a chain of coral islands - with the exception of Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys, NOTHING rivals this location for sand between the toes. read more about Sombrero Beach

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

  • Mile Marker 37.5
  • Big Pine Key
  • tel:+1 305 872 2353
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  • Key West, 33043

In 2008, the New York Times listed this as one of the top '31 Places To Go This Summer' and it will not disappoint. In 1992, the beach there was named among America's Top 10 Beaches, by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach. Bahia Honda is a days-off dream. With 492 acres, Bahia Honda boasts three sandy beaches -- some of the best in the Florida Keys, which are rare. This one is rivaled only by Marathon's Sombrero Beach. Shallow-water snorkeling and fishing from the beach, plus an abundance of wading and shore birds, kayaking and great views of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge complement the Sand and Sea Nature Center. read more about Bahia Honda State Park

Jack Flats Bar and Restaurant

Jack Flats Bar and Restaurant

  • 509 and 1/2 Duval Street
  • tel:305 294 7955
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  • Key West, 33040
Snappers Waterfront Saloon & Raw Bar

Snappers Waterfront Saloon & Raw Bar

  • Mile Marker 94.5
  • Oceanside
  • tel:305 852 5956
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  • Key Largo, 33037
Jules Undersea Lodge

Jules Undersea Lodge

  • 51 Shoreland Drive
  • tel:+1 305 451 2353
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  • Key Largo, 33037
History of Diving Museum

History of Diving Museum

  • MM 83 bayside
  • Islamorada, 33036

Another sneak-up-and-grab-you kind of entertaining museum that is chock full of everything diving. Even if you are interested in treasure, archeology, history, or scuba, the low-tech diving museum is an inexpensive and educational stop that highlights ancient and antique equipment. Anyone walking through the galleries can be heard saying, "How Did They Do That!?" Take a self-guided, "timeline of diving" tour throughout, and don't miss the wall of helmets, called the "Parade of Nations," an unparalleled collection of historic hard-hat dive helmets from around the world. Helmets from 25 nations are displayed side by side with narration as to the styles and origins. A separate gallery is dedicated to Art McKee, referred to as the father of recreational diving; he was the first underwater treasure hunter to turn his work into a tourist attraction. Galleries featuring the development of underwater lighting and communication lead into the scuba gallery, where today's divers can check out some of the earliest scuba gear. The final gallery, "Into the Abyss," features authentic deep-diving suits - some weighing up to 900 pounds, that allowed divers to work at extreme depths.

Admission $12, $6 children ages 5-12, children under five are free.  Memberships only $25/year for Iron Helmet.
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Old Seven Mile Bridge

Old Seven Mile Bridge

  • Mile Marker 47, U.S 1
  • U.S. 1
  • tel:+1 800 352 5397
  • Pigeon Key, 33050
Montes Restaurant & Fish Market

Montes Restaurant & Fish Market

  • Mile Marker 25
  • tel:+1 305 754 3731
  • Summerland Key, 33042
Gus' Grill

Gus' Grill

  • 103800 Overseas Highway
  • Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
  • tel:+1 305 453 0000
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  • Key Largo, 33037
Gulf View Motel

Gulf View Motel

  • 58743 Overseas Highway
  • tel:+1 305 289 1414
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  • Marathon, 33050
Annette's Lobster & Steak House

Annette's Lobster & Steak House

  • 3660 Overseas Highway
  • tel:305-743-5516
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  • Marathon, 33050

Annette is famous for all her homemade desserts. The staff is attentive, friendly & knowledgeable, bringing many years of food service to the table. Good food and good service at a fair price. Annette's Lobster & Steakhouse is easily one of Marathon's most generously portioned, reasonably priced eateries in town. Located alongside US1 in Marathon, across from the Marathon Community Park.

Annette's also believes in helping promote others - so while you're dining, glancing at the vastly decorated walls, notice the local artisans whose works are on display. Art ranges from eclectic to quirky to just jaw-dropping beautiful and original.

Do not miss Annette's on your next trip to the Keys!

NEW: 'Not Your Mamas Treats' is a new retail venue for Annette. After thousands of requests for her dessert recipes and "How can I get more of these?", she decided her customers need to be able to get her homemade fantastic sweets at home. WHOLE. So, no more 'just another baby bump' taste of your dinner mate's dessert, now you can get the whole cake delivered freshly baked, to your doorstep. Mmm, good.
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Papa's Hideaway

Papa's Hideaway

  • 309 Louisa Street
  • tel:+1 305 294 7709
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  • Key West, 33040-7513
Hurricane Grill

Hurricane Grill

  • 4650 Overseas Highway
  • tel:305 743 5755
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  • Marathon, 33050