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The beach is rocky but beautiful with good snorkeling. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West hidden gem

What took me so long? Like a lot of visitors, I had overlooked Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park on my visits to Key West because it is tucked away out of site. But the historic fort and great beach are worth discovering.

Little Bahia Honda Island, two-thirds of a mile out in the Atlantic, has a view of the historic saddleback bridge at Bahia Honda State Park.  (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Kayaking Bahia Honda State Park: Clear water and a tiny island to discover

The popular Lower Keys park is perfect for kayak outings. You can kayak around the island or head out to tiny picturesque Little Bahia Honda Island.

Kayaking to Indian Key in Islamorada (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Indian Key: Kayak to Florida Keys history — and snorkel too

If you’ve ever dreamed about exploring a deserted tropical island, here’s your chance: Take your kayak down to the Florida Keys and paddle out to Indian Key State Park. Here, you explore jungly ruins and snorkel along a rocky shoreline.

Bicycing one of the scenic bridges on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail from MM 15 to MM 5.

Biking to Key West: Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail is best near its end

This is one of the best sections of the Florida Keys bike trail because the path and the half-dozen scenic bridges are separate from traffic.

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Key West Botanical Garden: Plant lovers will be charmed

There’s so much to do in Key West, it’s easy to bypass the Key West Botanic Garden. But if you love unusual plants, you’ll be be charmed by this serene place.

Long Key State Park

Long Key State Park campground closed in aftermath of Hurricane Irma

There’s nothing quite like waking up on the beach and listening to gentle waves lap the shore just a few steps away.

Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.

Bahia Honda State Park: Nice beaches, but historic bridge is the star

With the best beach in the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda is a popular stop. But don’t miss the real star — the historic bridge. The park is also tops for camping and its cabins, though you have to plan way way ahead for that.

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Paradise Found: Things to do in the Lower Keys

Lower Keys are low-key destination for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, camping — and the tiki bars aren’t bad, either!

How many shades of blue? The Old Seven Mile Bridge

Old Seven Mile Bridge closed until 2021; Pigeon Key still open

The Old Seven Mile Bridge will be closed for repairs from July 5, 2016 into 2017. The historic island in the middle — Pigeon Key — will be open for visitors, who are ferried to the island by boat.

Tamara Scharf on the Bahia Honda Bridge with the Old Bahia Honda Bridge in background. Photo courtesy Tamara Scharf.

Walking from Key Largo to Key West:  Six days solo on the Overseas Highway

Sure, the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys is a scenic drive. But wouldn’t it be beautiful to take it really slowly and see everything? That’s what Tamara Scharf did. She walked from Key Largo to Key West, alone and in six days. Here’s her story, with tips on how you can walk the best sections she experienced.