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The Conch Republic, as these parts are known, defines kick-backed. And what better way to relax than riding the wind across sparkling blue waters? Don't know how? This is the place to come learn. The water is usually placid, the pace is slow, and attitude non-judgmental. So what if you don't come from a "sailing family?"

Florida Bay is the sparkling expanse of water that lies between the Everglades and the grand hook of the keys. The wildlife in this region is unsurpassed: You can visit the distinctive Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, coral reefs, the Lignumvitae Key Botanical Site, and of course, the always hopping Everglades.

If you like your vacations with a night or two out on the town, this destination amply provides the opportunity. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams used to come down this way to write, fish, and drink—and their tradition lives on in the party town of Key West, which sports an lively party and performance scene.

And when you've had enough, you can get back on a boat, and let the waves soothe your nightclub-jangled nerves.


Best Hotels in Florida Keys

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Southernmost on the Beach
$379-$409
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Santa Maria Suites Resort
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La Mer Hotel and Dewey House

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