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The Discovery

Stay the night in the world's first underwater hotel, permanently anchored 30 feet beneath Key Largo's Emerald Lagoon.

 

Stop awhile at the "Purple Isles." Commonly known today as Islamorada and Long Key, its nickname (Morada) derives from the purple bougainvillea flowers that flourish throughout the area. Spend an afternoon snorkeling along the abundant coral reefs while being surrounded by tropical fish. "One by land and two by sea" perfectly describes how guests can visit three state parks spread throughout Islamorada.

 

At the midway point of the Florida Keys, you'll find Marathon. Home to the seven-mile bridge, Marathon provides guests with the opportunity to swim with dolphins, stroll white sugary beaches or simply enjoy the afternoon swinging on a hammock.

 

Bring your camping gear with intentions to stay awhile on your next stop. Both the Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys are natural wonderments, home to two national wildlife refuges, a national marine sanctuary and a state park. Pitch your tent and stay the night, surrounded by sand, wildlife and a sky full of stars.

 

Mile Marker 0 is an independent subtropical paradise. Located closer to Cuba than Miami is Key West, a 2-mile x 4-mile island that many consider a tropical refuge. Those seeking sanctuary while partaking in a tour of the island will witness bohemian hippies enjoying drinks with professionals watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Key West does not discriminate.