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Florida Keys part2
Florida Keys part 2
If you enjoy a Jet ski you can hire individually or join a group with a guide who shows you for example part of the Naval base, where the Navy seals train occasionally.
The Jet Ski guide will also take you to an old submarine storage base, dating back to World War II. You will also Jet Ski through the waves of the Atlantic followed by the calm of the Gulf Ocean. If there is a super sized cruise liner docked at the keys the Jet Ski guide normally encourages you to ride close to the ship. It’s an amazing angle as you look up at the many levels which makes one appreciate the enormity of these ships.
Another idea is the Theatre of the Sea where you can watch marine life, lion and dolphin shows and glass bottomed boat trips. They also offer the chance to swim with dolphins, which of course is an experience not to miss.
Key Largo with a film of the same name has brought fame to the island beyond its due. African Queen, the boat that starred in John Houston’s film in 1951 is now berthed in a local marina. This was the famous movie which starred Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. This famous boat was eventually found in Cairo Egypt in the 1970’s. It was then purchased and shipped to the USA and had a number of owners and is now held in a trust.
The island’s birdlife are the abandoned parrots who are looked after by the World Parrot mission where you can find out more information regarding the colourful playful birds.
Continuing along HW1 you reach Marathon Key. Marathon is believed to have its name from workers on the Overseas railroad who while camped there in 1910 would contemplate the marathon nature of their task to continue the tracks south across the forbidding span now straddled by the Seven Mile bridge.
Marathon also has the Dolphin research centre, where they offer interactive programs with Marine mammals. Their mission is to provide education, research and rescue. You can pay for a private encounter for up to three people and spend time in the water with the dolphins. The centre also provides dolphins and sea lions with mental stimulation known as cognitive research where the animals experience (thinking games). This knowledge and research can benefit the animals for both human and care in the wild. You will need at least half a day but well worth the visit.
Continue your drive West along HW1 you will come across one of the longest bridges in the World, ‘’Seven mile bridge’’ was completed in 1982 and was a must to ease the traffic congestion on HWY1 and tall enough to allow ships to pass beneath. The bridge is as spectacular as one might expect in all of the Florida Keys! !
The Florida Keys is a must for all ages and always ends with a spectacular sunset! ! !
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