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Florida Keys: Pristine Beauty At Its Best!

Kaitlyn Williams, Writer

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With its graceful beauty, even its alluring mystery, the Florida Keys rank as one of the most spectacular places to visit. The Keys that begin at Florida Peninsula’s Southeastern coast extend in a gentle arc Southwest, and the islands that lie along the Florida Straits divide the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. More than 95 percent of the Keys lie in Monroe County, but visitors can find a small portion in Miami-Dade County.

Although appearing south of Miami and next to the Atlantic ocean, still the Florida Keys’ landscape sits closer to the Caribbean than the rest of Florida. Unlike the Caribbean’s volcanic islands, the Florida Keys, mostly made up of plants and animals, show an entire different landscape.

The lower Keys that compose of large coral reef remnants turned into fossils, and small islands appeared when the sea level declined. The upper Keys, having sandy-type limestone grains produced by marine organisms, reflect a natural beauty next to the sea.

The Keys have a certain plant and animal species, with some not found anywhere else in the United States. This includes a red apple or (Acer rubrum), a slash pine or (Pinus elliottii var),  mahogany or (Swietenia mahagoni), and many others which only grow in tropical climates. Nearly any household plant known commercially can grow here owing to the Tropical Savanna Climate.

The unique Florida Keys’ animals that visitors can find include the American Crocodile, the Key Deer, protected by the National Key Deer Refuge, and the Key Largo Woodrat. The Largo Woodrat can only exists in the island’s northern part. Seventy miles west of Key West, visitors can find Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the world’s most isolated and well preserved areas.

If tourists would like to see lovely waters and spectacular animals, then the Florida Keys ranks as one of the best visitor places.

Not one of the best, but the best!

 

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