Caribbean honeymoon

A Caribbean honeymoon is on almost every couple’s wish list.
But there’s a secret many newlyweds overlook: America has its own
piece of Caribbean paradise right here in the contiguous U.S.—and it’s
just a stone’s throw away. The Florida Keys are about as pretty as it
gets when it comes to flat-out tropical beauty.
And the best part? You don’t have to fly there. Sure, you can; but better
yet, just hop in the car and drive! Ahhh…a Caribbean honeymoon
without the hassle of air travel. Depart when you want, return when you
want (and no airport security). Flying or driving, the Florida Keys are a
romantic picture-perfect destination that rivals any tropical paradise.
First-time visitors immediately pick up on the laid-back atmosphere, a
world away from big cities and theme parks. Key West has the kind of
ambiance that lured renowned novelist Ernest Hemingway to move
there in 1930s, where he drew creative inspiration from the island’s lush
environment and colorful residents.
The Keys offer gorgeous vistas of emerald-green harbors, turquoise
seas, rustling palm trees, and olive-green mangroves.
Sharing this ecoutopia are white herons, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, sea gulls, ospreys,
and countless underwater creatures. The continental United States’ only
living coral barrier reef, the third largest in the world, parallels the Keys.
This extraordinary reef ecosystem, much like a tropical rain forest,
supports a unique diversity of plants and animals. The coastal waters of
the entire 125-mile chain of islands have been designated as the Florida
Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The Keys are composed of a sparkling necklace of landmasses
beginning just south of Miami. There are five distinct localities: Key
Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key
West. Each island possesses a distinct style and flavor.
The star attraction of the longest island, Key Largo, is the John
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater preserve in the
country and part of the official Sanctuary. The park contains more than
50 varieties of delicate coral and over 600 species of fish. Visitors can
enjoy a variety of water activities including scuba diving, snorkeling,
glass-bottom boat excursions, and kayaking. Dive charter companies
even provide underwater weddings!
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