Swim for Alligator Lighthouse
Hundreds of solo and relay-team swimmers race to conquer the annual Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, a unique open-ocean endurance swimming challenge in Atlantic waters off Islamorada in September. Individuals and two-, three- and four-person teams have up to seven hours to complete the 8-mile roundtrip course. Participants must show proof of completing a prior 1,650-meter or 1-mile swim in 35 minutes or less to compete as an individual.
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You can mingle with flamingos in Key West. Nature lovers can find out during a once-a-day "Flamingle" experience at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory ! "Flamingle" is an hour-long encounter, where human participants sit in a white gazebo overlooking the pond and lushly planted conservatory. The 6-year-old male and female breeding pair, Rhett and Scarlett, walk free and interact as they choose.
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The Village of Islands
Our Village of Islands is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and North America's only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other. Islamorada is comprised of six islands including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. This might be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water.
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"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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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!
Cable and Adventure Park
Located at MM 59.3 on Grassy Key is a watersports cable park where adrenaline enthusiasts and curious newcomers can safely and cost-effectively participate in wake-boarding, wake-skating, water skiing and kite-boarding — as well as discover hidden gems of green and sustainable gardens, foodstuffs, artwork and more. The facility is billed as the USA’s first cable park to offer full kite-boarding instruction. The cable system is an overhead towing device used to pull riders across the 7-acre lake. The park offers full equipment rentals as well as instructional and private coaching.
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Want to hunt the skittish gray ghost of the flats, the bonefish? Come to the Keys. Feel like battling a reel-emptying blue marlin? Come to the Keys. Want to sit in a beach chair, sipping a cold cocktail while watching your bobber dance in the current? Come to the Keys. The tropical weather, nearby Gulf Stream and 120-mile-long arc of islands that make up the Florida Keys create one of the world’s best fishing environments. Off the Keys’ “outer” curve lies the Atlantic Ocean. Warm and shallow near shore, the ocean reaches depths of more than 600 feet just 11 miles offshore in the Upper Keys. Near Key West, 600-foot depths are just over five miles from shore. Travel another 12 to 15 miles south, and depths begin to approach 2,000 feet. Keys deep-sea fishing — ideally with a first-class local charter captain — means targeting some of the world’s greatest sportfish: sailfish, swordfish and marlin.
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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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.