Adventure Guide to the Florida Keys and the Everglades by Joyce Huber

By Joyce Huber

The simplest consultant to South Florida's ordinary wonders and distinct treasures. This consultant explores the entire manner from romantic Key Largo to important Pine Key, Little Torch Key and cool Key West. It deals large info on how you can discover, together with aerial excursions, biking trails, the Pelican direction (Key West), canoe and kayak excursions and nature hikes.

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N Ultra-Light Lessons Learn to fly a Quicksilver ultra-light on floats at Flying Fish Flight School in the Coconut Cove marina. An ultralight is similar to a hang glider, but with a motor. Ten hours of lessons are required to qualify for an ultralight license. Students learn about wind and weather, basic flight maneuvers and hazards. Landings are in the water. A 20-minute introductory flight costs $55, a one-hour lesson, $100, ultralight pilot license instruction, $1,000. Call for a reservation.

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.

Rising columns of air that cause light aircraft to bounce are more prevalent as afternoon sun heats the ground. Winds, if gusting, may also cause a bumpy ride. Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. Most sightseeing tours skirt the Atlantic side of the islands, where intriguing panoramas of sun, sand and sea await. As you climb, the view stretches to an azure horizon dotted with sparkling white dive- and fishing boats. Dolphin sightings are frequent and on clear days you can easily pick out individual snorkelers and swimmers.

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