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Florida Keys — Every day is an adventure in the Florida Keys, where the subtropical climate and scenic natural setting make an ideal backdrop for high-energy sporting activities all year round. Visitors easily can enjoy watersports and eco-adventures, unparalleled diving and offshore, inshore and flats fishing no matter what the time of year. But not everyone knows the Keys also offer an energetic calendar of organized sporting challenges including marathons for runners, swim competitions, t
FLORIDA KEYS — Each year, divers and snorkelers hover over Keys reefs hoping to witness a fascinating yet fragile reproductive phenomenon that occurs in the middle of the night when corals release millions of gametes in synchronized mass spawnings. Sparked by the August and September full moons, the rare and wondrous underwater exchange of gametes (eggs and sperm) means the continued survival of coral reefs, including boulder corals such as brain and star corals as well as the protected el
Standup paddling or paddleboarding is surging in popularity among visitors attracted to the Florida Keys as an active-lifestyle destination. Paired well with other "unplugged" water-sports activities like kayaking, scuba diving or snorkeling, the relatively simple, straightforward pastime of paddleboarding appeals to a diverse cross-section of people. Board sales and rentals are offered by nearly every water sports and outdoor outfitter throughout the island chain, and are included among th
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Visitors driving into Key West have a smooth new roadway to travel following the completion of a $41.5 million reconstruction and enhancement of North Roosevelt Boulevard, a primary route for motorists arriving and departing the island city. Florida Department of Transportation officials staged a ceremony Aug. 12 to mark the completion of the reconstruction that was launched in April 2012. The project incorporated almost 3 miles of the boulevard from the U.S. Highwa
FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West Museum and Attractions Weekend event, providing free or value-added admission passes to participating museums and attractions in the island chain, is set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 22-24. Organized by WLRN, south Florida's National Public Radio affiliate, in partnership with the Florida Keys tourism council, the program provides a cultural pass for South Florida residents and visitors to discover the history of the Florida Keys by offering fre
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — More than 150 beers and ales, including unique microbrews, are to be on tap at Key West BrewFest, scheduled Thursday through Monday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. The selection is to include such intriguingly named offerings as Andygator by Abita and Toasted Coconut Porter by Orange Blossom Pilsner. Specialty brews from groups such as the Conch Republic B.U.B.B.A.'s brewing club and shortly-to-open Florida Keys Brewing Company are to be available as well. BrewFest
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Motorcyclists from throughout the United States are to travel one of America's most scenic highways to raise money for charity during the 42nd annual Phil Peterson's Key West Poker Run, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 18-21. Riders on up to 10,000 bikes are expected to traverse the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1), the 113-mile roadway from mainland Florida to Key West that features 42 bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water. Beginning Sept.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — A hot lineup of musical and comedy talents and a warm welcome await attendees Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 4-7, at Key West's Womenfest, a celebration for lesbians and their friends in the island city known for its all-welcoming diversity. Thousands of singles, couples and groups of women are expected to flock to Key West to immerse themselves in activities ranging from watersports excursions to late-night dance parties at the island's LGBT landmarks. Festi