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5, Oceanside John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Key Largo % 305-451-1621 Tours aboard the Spirit of Pennekamp at John Pennekamp State Park are especially good. ” Its twin-hull design produces a very noticeable reduction in “rocking and rolling,” characteristic of mono-hull vessels. The 2½-hour excursion brings you eight miles out to Molasses Reef, an area favored by divers for its mazes of coral canyons and variety of fish life. The boat’s seating area for the above-water portion of the tour is quite high and enables you to view nesting cormorants eye-to-eye at the channel markers.
Geographically, the Everglades region covers seven million acres. Bounded by densely populated resort cities along the east coast and fringed by a maze of mangrove islands which rise from the Gulf of Mexico on its southe and western shores, the area encompasses Everglades National Park, Great Cypress National Park, Indian villages along Tamiami Trail, Collier-Seminole State Park, the National Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the Fakahatchie Preserve. n Everglades National Park 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead FL 33034-6733 % 305-242-7700 Everglades National Park comprises just a small part of the Everglades’ watery expanse.
Early attempts by the Spaniards to History The Keys were wild and hostile during the 1500s. Indians, who fished, shelled and hunted the area, fought off any Europeans who approached the shore. Overall, the area was undesirable for anything but a stopover for fresh turtle meat. The Spaniards owned Florida until 1763, when they traded it to the British for Havana; however, by 1783 it was back under Spanish rule. In 1818, under President Thomas Jefferson’s leadership, the US bought Florida for five million dollars.