Florida Keys: Key Largo & Islamorada
by Shadi Shomar
Sunnyside Retreats A long archipelago that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Keys are small spots of paradise full of white sand beaches, palm trees blowing in warm breezes and blue surf. The Keys are the best place not just for relaxing on the beach, but for chartering a boat to go deep sea fishing or for a sunset cruise, snorkeling, scuba diving and dolphin watching.
Key Largo is the place to go for both novice and experienced divers thanks to its pristine waters and numerous wrecks. Home to Monroe County, Key Largo houses happy Floridian locals and adventurous travelers. Stay at the Key West Inn and stop by Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, a local’s favorite, for scenic outside seating, a burger and a little ice cream for dessert. One of them is Spiegel Grove, a deliberately sunk naval ship that is now the home of a multitude of marine life. There are shallower waters for snorkelers and opportunities for water and jet skiing, parasailing and paddle boarding. Key Largo embodies relaxation in its most perfect setting mixing locals and international travelers.
Found 16 miles south of Key Largo, Islamorada is prized for its sport fishing tournaments, the friendly dolphins at the Theater of the Sea and the History of Diving Museum with its pirate’s treasure chest. Known for its beautiful coral reefs, Islamorada is a must see place in the Florida Keys. Watch as professional charter boats pass by and become a part of Islamorada’s biggest attraction; fishing. While there are many other things to do in Islamorada such as snorkeling, diving and sightseeing, fishing is the one thing that tourists from all over the world come to participate in. And one can understand as to why due to the many charter boats available and guides.