The Florida Keys were named Los Martires (The Martyrs) by the Spaniard De León as he thought that from a distance they looked like suffering men. “Key” comes from the Spanish word “cayo” that means “small island”. There are more than 1,700 small islands in the archipelago, very few of which are populated. 43 of these are connected via bridges. The total land area of Florida Keys is approximately 356 square kilometers or 137 square miles.
Things to do in the Upper Keys
Most of the park is offshore; however, there is still a lot to do at the landside headquarters of the park. To man-made beaches are there: Cannon Beach for snorkeling where a Spanish shipwreck lies about a hundred feet offshore; and Far Beach with relaxing palm trees where you can swim or simply relax and enjoy the sun.
The Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center started quite by accident when a woodcarver was asked to help a veterinarian out with some injured birds. The center was established to provide emergency and recuperative treatment for injured birds but has since evolved into a significant information point on the environment.
Robbie’s tarpon feeding started nearly three decades ago when an injured tarpon was rescued by a bay-side business owner. Today up to a hundred tarpon come to be fed bait-fish and stay for hours. Occasionally you will see a tarpon leap out of the water in a flash of silver and green to catch the fish being tossed into the water.
Take a trip to the Everglades to walk the Anhinga Trail and stop off at the Key Largo Coffee Shop afterwards. The location is exceptional surrounded by trees where you can spend a pleasant leisurely time.