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Florida Keys to Key West

Tom Wozniak , Oct 11, 2010; 11:18 a.m.

I will be traveling through the Florida Keys by car in November and I wanted to see if anyone had any photo ideas or locations for any of the Keys. My final destination is Key West. I have seen the typical shots taken of Seven Mile Bridge, the old rail trestle and the sunsets. Flora or fauna, landscapes or senics. As always, your input is greatly appreciated.


JDM von Weinberg , Oct 11, 2010; 02:08 p.m.

Hurricane season is almost over then - but watch the forecasts ahead of time and be sure to watch Key Largo with Bogart and Bacall ;)

John Hill , Oct 11, 2010; 05:59 p.m.

It has been 15 years since I have been down there but if your going to be in the area, I would not miss one of America's treasures....The "River of Grass."- Everglades National Park. http://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/directions.htm It is a beautiful drive with lots of places to pull over and walk along trails or elevated boardwalks. There is lots of flora, fauna and scenics. We spent a whole day there but you could do it in an a few hours. Check out the following link. I agree with the author about the Pa-hay-okee Overlook at mile 13. It was my favorite part of the park. Spectacular view while looking over the sea of grass. One thing I remember was no noise from mankind....just the sound of wind across the sawgrass. Serenity at its best. We liked it so much that we went back after dark while leaving the park to experience the peacefulness again. We were treated to a fabulous light show by thousands of fireflies and the sounds of owls and other night critters. (link)
Speaking of Bogart, the Holiday Inn at Key Largo used to have the real African Queen and the boats from On Golden Pond..... The stunt boat that crashed into the rocks and the real mahogany boat that Henry Fonda drove in the movie. All were free to see. http://keylargoprincess.com/queen.htm I would also suggest going out on one of the boats for a snorkeling tour. Beautiful water. I travel on the cheap, so I can travel longer. Instead of staying at the Key Largo Holiday Inn, I found a budget hotel that had a room about the size of a kitchen, but it was only around $30.00. I only need a bed, shower and electricity. Wifi is a plus. I don't know how the food is now-a-days but heading south from Key Largo there is the Whale Harbor Restaurant & Marina buffet at Islamorada. Look for the lighthouse. They had the largest seafood buffet I have ever seen. It was really good back then. Room rates at Key West in winter are outrageous. I lucked out and found a boarding house but it was still around $75.00 for just a bedroom w/shared facilities. A couple of years earlier we camped at Boyd's Key West Campground. I just googled it and they are now asking $60.00 for just a tent space! Another favorite part of my trip was a canoe trip down in the everglades. I can't remember the river but it was only about 6 to 8 mile trip, but we got to see gators, snakes, orchids, air plants and much more. We found it while traveling across the state somewhere on the Tamiami Trail East (Hwy 41 aka 90) Riding an airboat was pretty cool.
It will be hot. No need to pack many warm clothes if your trip is south Florida. Don't forget sunscreen, bug repellent and water. I am thinking of doing another FL. roadtrip this winter. I live in the very NW tip of FL. I want to travel some of the back roads of FL. looking for the ''old Florida.''

Paul Milligan , Oct 14, 2010; 06:27 p.m.

Check out the Wild Bird Sanctuary on Key Largo. Lots of great photo ops there.

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