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    Sombrero Beach

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Not very many people outside of the local community know about Sombrero Beach, which is one of the best beaches in the Keys (possibly Bahia Honda being better). It is free, and dog friendly (bags provided).

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    Activities include swimming (no lifeguard but a buoyed line along the beach), snorkeling, and picnic areas. Has an outdoor shower, and restrooms.

    If you are heading south, you reach the park by making a left at Sombrero Boulevard (borders the K-Mart shopping center).

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches

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    Pelicans at Keys Fisheries Market

    by PJcips Written Mar 21, 2004

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    Taking pics of pelicans is one of my passions. We went to Keys Fisheries for dinner and discovered many pelicans resting. The food line was long and slow, so we left without ordering. Another interesting sight on the grounds were the thousands of stacked lobster traps.

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    Free Fish Feeding

    by grandmaR Written Mar 18, 2004

    Captain Hooks has pools of fish outside (probably better fish and more than Crane Point Museum does). It is free to look at the fish, and every evening at 4 pm, they feed the fish. You can come and see that for free too.

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    • Aquarium
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    Turtle Hospital AKA Marine Environmental Project

    by grandmaR Written Mar 17, 2004

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    This is SO OTBT, that you can't go here unless you are a motel guest. ONLY guests can see the turtles during the evening feeding. The Turtle Hospital is NOT open to the public

    History from the site:

    "Built in 1948-49, the Hidden Harbor Motel was constructed at the time when, due to the cost of fresh water, salt water pools were common. .. one was included in the original construction.

    ".. salt water pool was functional until 1983, when the Motel's current owner purchased and renovated the property, putting in a conventional fresh water pool, .. in a different location than the original. The salt water pool was .. temporarily in danger of being cleared to make space for tennis courts..

    "One of the owner's friends caught a tarpon under ..7 Mile Bridge, and wished to keep it alive, so the fish was released into the pool. With water circulation from Florida Bay, and daily doses of bait squid, it thrived and was soon joined by dozens of other varieties of fish, even some lobster and conch.

    "With a schools of snapper and grunts, several silvery tarpon, even a 150lb goliath grouper, the pool began to get notoriety as second only to the Key West aquarium for viewing fish. The lobster even came up on the sandy beach at one end of the pool for feeding, eating out of the hands of guests. Teachers started scheduling trips for their classes to the pool for educational purposes.

    "One day a student asked why there weren't any sea turtles in the pool ..[but] the only way to get a license to keep turtles was to provide rehabilitation for them. With that goal .. in mind, sea turtle rehab facilities were added and the pool it became the Hidden Harbor Marine Environmental Project..

    "For expansion, the hospital purchased a building next to the motel ( it used to be an exotic dance bar...)". It is labeled Turtle hospital and is pictured.

    "The Turtle Hospital has an average of 45 patients in its care ... In 2001 the hospital released 26 turtles back into the wild, and has released over 500 since its inception"

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    Grant Air Biplane Air Tours

    by grandmaR Written Mar 18, 2004

    We often see this plane flying around and doing stunts. Apparently it is available for tours over the Keys by air.

    There are other air tour companies at the airport also

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    • School Holidays
    • Adventure Travel

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If you settle down on Marathon for a stay and don't just go speeding through on your way to Key West there are quite a few interesting places to see.  Pigeon Key where Flagler had his...

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