My main visit combined regular Florida Keys sightseeing with a concentrated look at the remnants and legacy of the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway.
I drove south from the Miami airport and returned there, retracing steps in my earlier east coast visit, but seeking out new sights and adventures. Major destinations were Key Largo, Marathon, and Key West. A short helicopter ride at Marathon provided unique views not only of that community but of the Keys as a whole.
The bridges and other remains of the Overseas Railway, and insights from the Pigeon Key, Key West, and Islamorada historic sites and museums, are gathered together in a separate section to present a chronological account of this remarkable and transformative undertaking.
The Key Largo trip was just a winter escape, but I did a bit of exploring, including seeing what's leftover from the making of the Key Largo movie that made this town famous. Also: a dolphon attraction, a wild bird sanctuary, and a repeat of the Pennekamp Reef Cruise.
The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images. A Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, in both on-screen and printable forms.
Here are a few sample images from the picture files. You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.
Link to Pictures File
You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.
I flew into and out of Miami but really started and ended my visit to the Keys at Key Largo. The blue notations on this map are locations of sightseeing images outside of the major cities.
A printable Florida Keys Maps package includes two maps, the one below and a second noting the locations of siginificant sites for the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway.
Table of Contents
The Contents table from the main picture file is reproduced below. If you wish a paper copy to target your viewing, use Florida Keys Printable Contents.
|Part 1. Sightseeing|
|Welcome to the Keys||5|
|Seven Mile Bridge||37|
|Bahia Honda State Park||39|
|Big Pine Key||42|
|America 2 Day Sail||47|
|Mel Fisher Maritime Museum||55|
|Jolly II Rover Sunset Sail||67|
|Part 2. The Overseas Railroad||76|
|Long Key Viaduct||82|
|Seven Mile Bridge||93|
|Bahia Honda Bridge||94|
|Success … but||95|
|Vet's Highway Piers||101|
|The Overseas Highway||106|