Adventure guide to the Florida Keys & Everglades National by Joyce Huber

By Joyce Huber

This advisor is a part of a sequence targeting outside actions equivalent to climbing, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback using, downhill skiiing, parasailing, backpacking, waterskiing and scuba diving. old and different historical past details is equipped, in addition to complete shuttle information.

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200 Treasure Harbor Drive, Islamorada FL 33036. 1-800-FLA-BOAT or 305-852-2458. Treasure Harbor Marine features day sailboats and live-aboards. High-season prices are from $110 per day for a 19-ft day sail to $330 per day for a 44-ft uncrewed yacht. Rates by the week from $395 to $1,700. Captains available. Lower rates apply between April 1 and November 14th. Witt's End. Captains BJ & Greg Witt offer overnight ''bunk & breakfast'' outings and weekend or week-long cruises throughout the Florida Keys and Bahamas aboard Witt's End, a well-appointed 51-ft ketch docked at Land's End Marina, Key West.

On Labor Day in 1935, a nameless hurricane ravaged the keys with 200-mph winds and an 18-ft tidal surge. It ripped out the huge caissons that had been constructed to connect Page 35 The Maine Monument, Key West Page 36 the islands. Though most of the bridges held up, the rail beds on the lowlands were destroyed. They were never rebuilt. Sections of the old railroad bridges remain and can be seen in the lower Keys. In the depression years the Keys faced a bleak future. The city of Key West went bankrupt.

5 (305294-7177); Key West Pro Dive, 3128 N. , Key West (305-294-3635); Lost Reef Adventures, Land's End Village, 261 Margaret St. 5, Big Pine Key (1-800-654-9560 or 305-8729863); John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo (305-451-1202); Biscayne Aqua-Center, Convoy Point, Homestead (305-2472400) has wheelchair access for their tour, snorkel & dive boats, though no special certifications. 5, Islamorada (305-664-2431), has wheelchair ramps into the attraction area and the swim-with-the-dolphin pools. For updated information contact the individual resorts and facilities.

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