Fabulous Florida Keys... Vacation In Paradise:
Also known as paradise, the Florida Keys stretch for 126
miles over sparkling crystal blue and emerald green water, with Florida Bay and
then the Gulf of Mexico on one side, and the Atlantic on the other. By land, they are not
just a few isolated islands, but a beautiful chain of more than 50 tropical
isles, connected to the Florida mainland and to each other by 42 scenic bridges.
As you travel the Florida Keys by
automobile you will come to appreciate the green and white
mile markers (MM) on US-HWY 1. The best way to get around is to know the mile
marker of your destination. These roadside markers tell you how far you are from
Key West from anywhere in the Keys. The mile marker numbers begin with 127
(south of Florida City) and end with 0 in Key West - the Southernmost city in
the United States. Addresses and maps often include MM for easier location. If
you know the mile marker of where you're going, getting there is easy!
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the Florida Keys has its own personality and charm. Starting from the North,
Mile Markers 118-90.7, is the home of the nationís first underwater park, John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park, and the adjacent Key Largo Marine Sanctuary.
Village of Islands, Mile Markers 90.7-63, is known as the Sport Fishing Capital of the
World. As you continue south, youíll pass a number of sparsely populated islands
such as Long Key, Duck Key, and Grassy Key. Then comes
Marathon, MM 63-47, a
more developed island, which is known as the Heart of the Florida Keys.
South of the seven mile bridge you will find The Lower Keys, MM 47-4, which
includes Big Pine Key, home of the endangered Key deer--tiny deer that stand about
21/2 feet tall, Bahia Honda State Park, and The Looe Key National Marine
Sanctuary, a popular diving spot. Last stop is historic
Key West, MM
oldest city. It is a busy seaport known for its architecture, museums,
galleries, restaurants, and, of course, those famous sunset celebrations at