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Old 01-13-2007, 06:35 PM   #1
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The Florida Keys in Winter

I recently got back from a vacation to the Florida Keys and thought I would share some of the pictures I took while there. I'm a freshwater guy, not a salty, but I found the Keys to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I went snorkeling for the first time and was absolutely blown away. Saltwater is definitely in my future now. Here goes:

The greedy, fat pelican that sat on the end of the pier wanting me to throw him some baitfish:

The incredible bungalows on the beach at the resort that we stayed at on Islamorada Key:

An egret that was more than happy to pose for pictures at the end of the 500' pier than jutted out from Cheeca Lodge:

A shot of Cheeca Lodge from the end of their incredible pier:

One of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I wish the photo could do it justice:


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i went scuba diving in the keys last year. It was awsome. Are accomodations werent that fancy, but the diving... the wildlife, the warmth was awsome!


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thats stunning travis. i am scared to see what u could do with salt water. i just took the plunge myself and couldnt be happier.
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Incredible photos. Looks like it is a fabulous place to vacation.
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Beautiful pics. Since I am under 3 feet of snow, I appreciate those pics in ways that some may not be able to. LOL. Thanks for sharing them.
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Love the keys, scuba there is awesome, especially on the lower keys.
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Beautiful pics. I've been to the keys about 4 times, but that's because I'm not that far from them. The snorkeling is awesome.

Did you visit Robbies in Islamorada? It's the restaurant where you can feed wild tarpon. That was the most memorable moment for me when I went to Islamorada.

They even have a website. http://www.robbies.com/tarpon.htm
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You see the best sunrises AND sunsets in the keys... I go every year.

Travis, the next time you go to the keys, take the Fast Catamaran seventy miles into the Gulf to the Dry Tortuga Islands... Theres an old US military fort called Fort Jefferson, it is an island that you can camp on and the snorkeling there makes the keys look like a deserted reef.
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Originally Posted by mr funktastic
thats stunning travis. i am scared to see what u could do with salt water.
That was my EXACT thought!

Really great photos! Even the twilight pics are colorful. I bet it was a great trip, very pretty.

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