Photographs by Special to the Democrat-Gazette/YVETTE CARDOZO
Allison Wilkie demonstrates a yoga pose on a stand-up paddleboard at Bahia Honda State Park.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Water, water everywhere.
IF YOU GO
The best time to visit the Florida keys is late fall through late spring when the air is cooler and drier. There is plenty to do in summer; there no longer seems to be an off-season.
Fresh tropical breezes and a vigorous anti-mosquito program kept most of the bugs at bay. The Florida Department of Health website updates daily and when I visited in mid-July, they had not had a case of Zika in Monroe County, which includes the southern edge of mainland Florida and the Keys.
Among the interesting places to stay are Historic Key West Inns. These are boutique hotels created from local houses. They are cozy, with just a few dozen rooms, modernized and located in Key West’s Old Town near restaurants and Duval Street.
The Florida Keys: fla-keys.com
Historic Key West Inns: historickeywestinns.com
The Stoned Crab: stonedcrabkeywest.com
Ibis Bay Paddle Sports: keywestpaddle.com
Blue Heaven: blueheavenkw.com
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: hemingwayhome.com
Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory: tinyurl.com/y9t8zvn9
Serenity Eco Therapy: serenityecoguides.com
Turtle Hospital: turtlehospital.org
Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival: lowerkeyschamber.com/festival.php
Hungry Tarpon Restaurant: hungrytarpon.com
Photo diary: tinyurl.com/ydh8kn68
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