Many will know this bridge from the James Bond Movie "License to Kill", which was release in 1989 starring Timothy Dalton and Carey Lowell. One classic scene involves a prison break that occurs on Seven Mile Bridge, with the prisoner escaping underwater. This particular scene was filmed on the old seven mile bridge, the ruins of the bridge run parallel to the new one.
This is the most Southern Point of the continental United States and as far as you will be able to drive anywhere in this vast country. Cuba the current arch rival of the United States is simply a stone throw away, and the short distance of 90 miles or 144 kilometers is crossed by many refugees fleeing Cuba.
This is the first town one will encounter on the drive along US 1 to the Florida Keys. Key Largo is sandwiched between the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park to the west and the fish-covered coral formations of North America’s only living coral barrier reef to the east. Locals consider their home the Diving Capital of the World but the island is nearly as famous as a sport-fishing destination.
The present road bridge was constructed from 1979 to 1982. The vast majority of the original bridge still exists, used as fishing piers and access to Pigeon Key, but the swing span over the Moser Channel of the Intracoastal Waterway has been removed. The new bridge is a box-girder structure built from precast, prestressed concrete sections, comprising 440 spans.
The Seven Mile Bridge is well seven miles or or 11.27 kilometers in length. The bridge is dedicated to Bernie C. Papy who was involved in the growth and development of the Florida Keys. There are two bridges in this location. The older bridge, originally known as the Knights Key-Pigeon Key-Moser Channel-Pacet Channel Bridge, was constructed from 1909-1912. This bridge was destroyed during a hurricane on Labour Day 1935.
The Park covers 2,357 mi² or 6,105 km² and is a World Heritage Site. Specialties of the park include the Short-tailed Hawk and Smooth-billed Ani, and the Caribbean Flamingo at its only regular North American mainland site, usually near the town of Flamingo. Other wading birds such as herons, egrets, Wood Stork, Roseate Spoonbill and ibises are abundant. Limpkins can also be found in the Everglades. The otter, alligator and crocodile are found, also deer and the severely endangered Florida panther. The park is the only place in the world that alligators and crocodiles coexist naturally.
From Miami South almost the entire "tip" of Florida's mainland is part of the Everglades National Park. This massive national park covers an area of more then 120 kilometers North - South and some 60 kilometers West - East.Various parts of the national park also border the Florida Keys such as the Little Blackwater Sound which is displayed on this picture.
Blue Hole is an old quarry filled with freshwater that the deer come to drink. However, there are other wildlife living here. Alligators and turtles mostly live in Blue Hole. Just stay on the observation platform!
Many trails are around to hike.
Stop by the visitor center (it's along the highway 1 in Big Pine Key, can't miss it) and they will give you a map of the refuge. The map will show the best places to spot deer and other wildlife.
Key Deer are on the endangered species list.
The Theater of the Sea @ MM 84.5 in Islamorada
This is a stop for the family if you only have a short time in the Keys and want to see the various marine life in the area.
Theater of the Sea has lots for people to see and do in a compact area here. The lagoon inside the park is three acres in size with an average depth of 15 to 20 feet. The rest of the property is about 17 acres in size and thick with tropical foliage and orchids.
They even have a beach which is included in the price of admission.
Robbie's Marina & Tarpon feeding @ MM 77.5
Ever seen 5 or 6-foot long tarpon swimming next to a dock and near the surface of the water waiting for someone to toss or dangle a fish over them? Well, you can experience this @ Robbies for $3 which includes your dock admission and bucket of fish. Young and old alike will enjoy seeing the tarpon jump for the dead fish but as you will be warned, don't lean over the dock or get your hands close to the tarpon as they can jump and can bite. Some of the resident pelicans also like to inspect your bucket so be aware. Robbie's also offers rental boats and fishing charters. They are bayside.
A breakfast or lunch @ Robbie's Hungry Tarpon restaurant next door is now on my list of places to eat after a great brunch over 4th of July weekend.
If you want the typical Key West feeling, than stay at a B&B or guesthouse. The atmosphere is great and very laid back! Beautiful buildings, amazing flowers in the gardens, nice people, you'll find it at one of the guesthouses or B&B's in Key West!
One of the most "Key West" things to do is to gather at Mallory Square and watch the sunset. There's lots of performers there, and the show is free. The winter of 2003-04 we were usually either back on our own boat at sunset or were in a restaurant somewhere. People would gather in the marina or in the channel at sunset to watch for the green flash. We did go down to Mallory Square for the first time on our 2005 visit.
If there are clouds, you get spectacular red skies. Almost all the pictures in this set, whether from Key West or Marathon, are not the kind of sunset where a green flash will be seen.
There have to be NO clouds (and you can't be too distracted by the fire-eaters or whatever) so that you can watch for the 'green flash'.
Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination. The island is home to one of Florida's southernmost state parks, known for beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, and excellent snorkeling.
Bahia Honda is an excellent place to see wading birds and shorebirds. The nature center can introduce nature lovers to the island's unique plants and animals. The endangered Miami Blue butterfly makes Bahia Honda one of it's last remaining habitats.
Unlike the other Florida Keys, Bahia Honda has excellent swimming beaches, in both the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay.
This is a 3-hour group trip $50 in the shallow waters surrounding the mangrove islands of the Key Deer National Wildlife Refuges through mangrove forests, sponge flats, grass flats where we did see an endangered Key Deer and the Golden Orb Spider both indeginous to Big Pine Key.
There are good facilities of travel in tourist in the Florida Keys and it was a good stay in hotels....more
68500 Overseas Highway, Long Key, Florida, 33001, United States
Good for: Solo
1557 Long Beach Road, Big Pine Key, Florida, 33043, United States
Good for: Business