Adventure Guide to The Florida Keys & Everglades National by Joyce Huber

By Joyce Huber

The easiest consultant to South Florida's common wonders and detailed treasures. This consultant explores all the best way from romantic Key Largo to special Pine Key, Little Torch Key and cool Key West. It bargains large info on how you can discover, together with aerial excursions, biking trails, the Pelican direction (Key West), canoe and kayak excursions and nature hikes.

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N Pan Am During the 1920s, aviation started to take over where the rail and ferry left off, and America’s fascination with air travel blossomed. Pan Am, the pioneer of the air, opened a magnificent art deco seaplane base in Miami at Dinner Key for their “Flying Clipper Ship” on January 9, 1929. The Postal Service, eager for mail service between Key West and Cuba, awarded a contract to Pan Am, whose owners had already obtained a contract from Cuba for mail from Havana to Key West. Pan Am owners Juan Trippe and John Hambleton convinced Cuba’s dictator Gerardo Machado to give them exclusive rights to take off and land on Cuban soil, thus forcing competitors to pursue other interests.

US 1) opened in 1938. Three years later, World War II dashed all the prospects of tourist gold. The US Navy came to the rescue again to build a submarine base in Key West. Shrimp were discovered – the Keys’ now vital pink gold – and, following the war, the tourists finally began to stream in. n The Tamiami Trail History Most of the western Everglades region remained largely unexplored until 1915, when construction of the Tamiami Trail began. Workmen were plagued by mosquitoes and snakes. Many deaths resulted from snakebites and related fungus infections.

Similar procedures have already proven successful in the Caribbean. The reefs, which lie six miles offshore and parallel the islands from Key Largo to Key West, attract millions of divers and fishermen annually. In addition to these recreational opportunities, the coral reefs protect the islands by forming a critical breakwater that diffuses the energy of storm-driven waves. The reefs also provide sand for Florida’s beaches; scientists estimate that fish nibbling on corals and calcareous algae produce more than 2½ tons of sand per acre annually.

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