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...