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Underwater Music Festival
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Underwater Music Festival

Explore part of the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef Saturday, July 7, off the Florida Keys -- while rocking to a unique sub-sea concert dedicated to reef protection. It’s the annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, and it’s unlike any other dive or snorkel experience on the planet. The “Only in the Keys” adventure takes place each year at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary about 6 miles south of Big Pine Key. Broadcast underwater by a Keys radio station, the music enhances the underwater experience for divers discovering the Keys’ fantastic realm of tropical fish, coral formations and other marine life. Some participants wear costumes, portraying everything from mermaids to rock stars, and a few even pretend to play underwater instruments sculpted by a Florida Keys artist. It’s all designed to encourage preservation of the Keys’ rich coral reef ecosystem.
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Must-Do List
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Must-Do List

"how to do florida" host Chad Crawford takes you on a quick tour of the things to see and do in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
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The Ultimate Road Trip
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The Ultimate Road Trip

Get away with Chad Crawford as he makes his way through the beauty of the Florida Keys. Each key has something unique to offer and Chad shows you the best when he shows you how to Do the Florida Keys. And Chef Justin Timineri brings you a new recipe for an old Keys favorite when he mixes up a Florida Spiny Lobster Stir-Fry.
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Hemingway Days
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Hemingway Days

Ernest Hemingway fans celebrate the late author’s literary accomplishments and colorful Key West lifestyle each July. The annual Hemingway Days festivities salute the legacy of the Nobel Prize winner who lived and wrote on the island for most of the 1930s. Events include the famed Hemingway® Look-Alike Contest, prose and poetry readings, the tongue-in-cheek “Running of the Bulls,” symposium presentations and a film evening, a look-alike “party” on Hemingway’s July 21 birthday, running and paddleboarding challenges, a lively street fair and a high-stakes three-day marlin tournament recalling his passion for Florida Keys angling.
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Bucket List Adventure
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Bucket List Adventure

Driving the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, Florida’s only official All-American Road, is an unforgettable bucket-list adventure. The 127-mile highway features 42 bridges over endless blue water — connecting the Florida Keys together. Explore some of Key Largo's "sweet and scenic" stops along the way.
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Adventures in the Keys
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Adventures in the Keys

Throughout the Florida Keys, visitors can discover captivating adventures that can’t be enjoyed anywhere except in the subtropical island chain — like “meeting” tiny indigenous Key deer, exploring the world’s first underwater park, or savoring the spectacle at Key West’s nightly Sunset Celebration. They can even attend a musical festival beneath the sea!
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Turtle Hospital
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Turtle Hospital

Meet “patients” at a pioneering sea turtle hospital. Encounter rescued sea turtles during a behind-the-scenes tour of the planet’s first licensed veterinary hospital specializing in these fascinating creatures. A dedicated team at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and nurtures sick and injured turtles and, whenever possible, releases them back into the ocean. Since it opened over 30 years ago, the hospital has treated and rehabilitated nearly 2,000 injured sea turtles and assisted scores of hatchlings gone astray after leaving their nests. Occasionally it’s possible to witness a turtle release — a truly heartwarming experience.
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Paddleboad Yoga
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Paddleboad Yoga

Yoga enthusiasts can appreciate the oldest practice of self-development as it was originally intended, in glorious sunshine and on tranquil waters. Paddleboard yoga classes combine mind and body relaxation, with healthful exercise and an eco-friendly adventure. Classes are tailored to individual needs and are suitable for beginners through practitioners of advanced yoga.
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Southernmost Point of the USA
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Southernmost Point of the USA

Take a “southernmost selfie.” Key West’s red, black and yellow Southernmost Point marker isn’t terribly picturesque, but hundreds of visitors take their photos beside it every day. Why? Because the ungainly buoy replica marks the southernmost land mass in the continental United States. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Whitehead Street, its brightly-painted body bears lettering that proclaims it’s just 90 miles from Cuba. What better spot for a selfie?
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Sunset Celebration
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Sunset Celebration

Every evening visitors gather at Mallory Square for a Key West tradition known as the Sunset Celebration. Spectators witness local entertainers and artists display their talents and crafts. For those who aren't sure, it takes place ONCE a day.
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Underwater Wedding
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Underwater Wedding

For a truly unique and memorable experience, couples should consider holding their nuptials in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's warm, clear water, surrounded by colorful corals, softly waving sponges and rainbows of reef fish. In the Keys, it's easy. Many dive shops have been arranging underwater weddings for years. They can work with scuba-certified brides and grooms, prepare non-divers in the wedding party for the experience, even help mom and dad enjoy their first undersea excursion. A word of warning, though: it's nearly impossible to wipe away tears while wearing a dive mask, and handkerchief's are of no use under water. And unions of the deep are perfectly legal.
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Feeding Tarpon
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Feeding Tarpon

Activity, fun and relaxation for the whole family includes feeding the hungry tarpon at the docks of Robbie's Marina, at mile marker 77.5.
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