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Four trips: two weeks in south-eastern Florida, ten days on the Gulf Coast, ten days in the Florida Keys, and nine days around Key Largo.

  Highlights of the trip down the east coast from Orlando to Key West included a thorough two-day visit to the Kennedy Space Center, sightseeing down the Florida Keys, an excursion 75 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico to Dry Tortugas, and appreciation of the Art Deco hotel architecture of Miami Beach. Florida East page

  The visit to the Gulf Coast featured an eclectic mix of historical sites, art galleries, museums, and beach communities, with frequent visits to wildlife sanctuaries and centres.  Highlights included visits to the Edison and Ford summer homes in Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, and the Ringling Mansion, Museum of Art, and Circus Museum in Sarasota. Florida West page

  My visit to the Florida Keys covered some of the same territory as the east coast trip, but also included a concentrated look at the remnants and legacy of the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway.  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. Florida Keys page

  The Key Largo trip was just a winter escape, again to the Keys, 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. Florida Keys page

You can access the PDFs from this page or from the individual Section Pages listed below. Those pages have extra sample pictures and more detailed on-screen route maps.

 

Links to all three Picture Files are below the Sample Images.  A note about maps and Tables of Contents are provided below that.

 

Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Rocket Garden, Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Key West, Florida Keys

Key West

Miami Beach, Florida Keys

Miami Beach

Key West, Florida Keys

Key West

Beach at Key West, Florida

Key West

Florida Keys, looking north from Vaca Key

Florida Keys, north from Vaca Key

Seven Mile Bridges, Florida Keys

Seven Mile Bridges

Sunset Silhouette, Key West, Florida Keys

Key West

 

 

Links to Section Pages

These pages have extra sample pictures and more detailed on-screen route maps as well as the links to the PDF pictures files.

 

 

Links to Pictures Files

 

You can access the PDF pictures files by clicking or tapping on the links below.

 

Maps

Destination maps are included on each of the section pages, and in each of the PDF picture files.

Printable packages of the maps are available on the section pages.

 

Tables of Contents

The Contents tables from the three main picture files are reproduced below.  Printable copies of these tables are provided on the section pages.

The Contents tables from the fronts of the three main PDF picture files are reproduced at the bottom of the section pages and links to printable versions are provided there.

Florida-East.pdf  
Cover   1
Contents   2
Introduction   3
Route Map   4
Cocoa Beach   5
Kennedy Space Center      11
Rocket Sizes Chart  33
Facilities Map  43
Delray Beach  48
Fort Lauderdale  51
Everglades  64
South Florida Map  67
Key Largo  68
Florida Keys 1  78
Key West 1  86
Dry Tortugas 113
Key West 2 122
Florida Keys 2 127
Miami Beach 131
Art Deco District 144
End 158
Florida-West.pdf  
Contents   2
Introduction   3
Route Map   4
Miami  
Miami Beach   5
Art Deco District   8
Sightseeing Cruise  12
Gulf Coast
Naples  17
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary    25
Marco Island  37
Fort Myers
Edison & Ford Estates  44
Sanibel Island  59
Sanibel Island Sunset  68
Fort Myers Beach  71
Punta Gorda
Ponce de Leon Park  73
Peace River Wildlife Center  75
Sarasota
Ringling Estate & Museums  79
Ringling Circus Museum  80
Ringling Mansion  92
Ringling Museum of Art 103
St. Petersburg  
Treasure Island 114
Dali Museum 116
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve 121
Clearwater Beach 134
End 136
Florida-Keys.pdf  
Introduction   3
Map   4
Part 1. Sightseeing  
Welcome to the Keys   5
Key Largo   6
Upper Keys  14
Whale Harbor  15
Anne's Beach  18
Marathon  20
Helicopter  24
Lower Keys
Seven Mile Bridge  37
Bahia Honda State Park  39
Big Pine Key  42
Stock Island  43
Key West  44
America 2 Day Sail  47
Mel Fisher Maritime Museum  55
Jolly II Rover Sunset Sail  67
Part 2. The Overseas Railroad  76
Henry Flagler  77
Keys Map  79
Construction  80
Long Key Viaduct  82
Pigeon Key  85
Seven Mile Bridge  93
Bahia Honda Bridge  94
Success … but  95
Disaster 100
Vet's Highway Piers 101
Hurricane Memorial 102
Bankruptcy 105
The Overseas Highway 106
Legacy 108
Books 113
End 114