The Shipwreck Trail

Courtesy of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Nine shipwreck sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary have been designated for historic preservation as The Shipwreck Trail. Each site is identified with a spar buoy and is accessible by private boat or dive shop charter. A brief history and description of each wreck follows. This two-masted sailing vessel, built at Roach's Shipyard, Chester, Pennsylvania in 1887, served as a combination passenger and cargo transport between...

Mp Unhotoi A Ptilm

Wherever you fish, a hungry pelican will show up looking for a handout. But they do not know how to avoid fish hooks or lines and often get ensnared. If you just cut the line, you are condemning the bird to entanglement and starvation. Do not be afraid if you get a pelican on your line. REEL IN THE BIRD, GRAB ITS BILL, FOLD UP THE WINGS, AND BRING IT TO, OR CALL, THE NEAREST WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER. 1. REEL IN PELICAN HOOKED ON YOUR LINE. Reel in your line smoothly and firmly. Be careful not to...

Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Glass-bottom boat tours are entertaining and educational. They offer a long look at the living reefs that parallel the Florida Keys from Key Biscayne to Key West. Most boats have rest rooms, a snack bar and go out most days of the year. Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc. 9710 SW 328th St. Homestead FL 33033 s 305-230-1100 E-mail dive097 aol.com Since 95 of the park is covered by water, the best way to explore Biscayne is to get wet or at least venture out on a boat. A park concessioner...

The Florida Keys

A three-mile wilderness canoe trail at John Pennekamp State Park offers calm waters and well-marked routes. Located on Key Largo at MM 102.5, this is an excellent choice for beginners. The trail, sheltered by dense walls of mangrove, provides a look at sea birds, an array of tropical fish and an occasional manatee. Off-limits to powerboats, it makes a tranquil setting for a morning or afternoon paddling adventure. You may encounter some current, but it is usually very light. The park has...

Dive Operators

The following operators provide guided reef and wreck trips. Many also can arrange complete dive and accommodation packages. Prices include tanks and weights, unless otherwise stated (all are subject to change). Some operators will not refund unused dives, even if the operator canceled the trip. Check with the individual dive shop's policy on canceled trips before buying a package. Admiral Dive Center, a full-service PADI shop operating since 1985, offers dive and snorkeling trips to the best...

Key West

Key West offers perhaps the most diversified collection of adventure-snorkeling cruises in the islands. Sail-snorkel and snuba cruise , often including lunch and refreshments,visit secluded islands surrounded by beautiful coral reefs. History buffs will want to book a snorkel trip on Key West's largest tall ship, the 86-ft wooden windjammer, Appledore (s 305-296-9992). Half-day reef trips depart at 10 30 am and 3 30 pm during winter. She sails to Maine for summer and fall. The 65-ft schooner...

Flats Back Country Fishing Guides

Hank Brown, tarpon and bonefish specialist. Director of the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association. An encyclopedia of fishing knowledge, he manufactures The Hank Brown Hook-Up Lures and Hook-Up Bucktails. s 305-664-9143. Capt. Billy Knowles. A renowned fly caster. s 305-664-4259. Capt. Craig Brewer. Born and raised in Islamorada, he knows where to find fish. s 305-664-4999. Capt. Gary Ellis offers 25 years of experience and is an excellent bonefish, tarpon, and snook guide. s...

Everglades National Park Trails

Park rangers give hikes, talks, demonstrations and campfire programs during the year. Activities change daily. Ask at the visitor cen- The Anhinga Trail, the nearest to the Main Visitors Center, offers the best opportunity to see several species of wildlife close up. It starts as a paved path, then changes to a raised boardwalk snaking through swamplands past alligators, herons and the namesake anhingas - odd black, water birds that flatten their wings against the bushes to dry. Other residents...

Swim with the Dolphins

If you are fascinated by dolphins, an unusual encounter awaits you in any one of four Florida Keys facilities. It's a chance to interact freely with the gentle animals. Instead of simply sitting back and watching the beautiful creatures perform, you can now splash in their pool and join in their playful stunts. You must be at least 13 years old, know how to swim and attend an orientation session with a dolphin trainer. Life jackets are available. Advance reservations are a must. The in-water...

Kellys Motel and Aqua Nut Divers

MM 104.2, Bayside 104220 Overseas Hwy Key Largo FL 33037 s 800-226-0415, 305-451-1622 If diving Pennekamp Park is your main interest, consider Kelly's, which can package dive trips with on-premises Aqua Nuts Dive Center. This 33-room dive motel offers breakfast under their tiki hut, a heated pool, swim area, complimentary snorkel gear, locked, dive-gear storage, covered picnic areas, barbecue grills and free kayak usage. Units have cable TV, phones, refrigerators and microwaves. There is a...