Key Largo

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Key Largo,

narrow island, c.30 mi (48 km) long, off S Fla., largest of the Florida KeysFlorida Keys,
chain of coral and limestone islands and reefs, c.150 mi (240 km) long, extending from Virginia Key, S of Miami Beach, to Key West, and forming the southern extremity of Florida.
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. Along with other Florida Keys, especially Key West, it has become an increasingly popular tourist spot, noted for its scuba diving, nightlife, and beachside resorts. Housing developments and shopping complexes have been recently constructed. A major attraction is John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater park in the United States, containing c.78 sq mi (202 sq km) of living coral and hundreds of varieties of marine life. Also offshore is the Aquarius habitat, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's permanent undersea laboratory.
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To protect the hammocks and wildlife of north Key Largo from development, the Service established Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and the state of Florida established the Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site.
He has also worked with Florida agencies to protect natural areas, including Big Bend Coast, Wakulla Springs, North Key Largo State Preserve, Fisheating Creek, Lake Wales Ridge, Kissimmee Prairie and Sebastian Creek.
CarysfortReef off North Key Largo, Molasses Reef off Key Largo, and Tennessee Reef off Lower Matecumbe Key are good locations to try out.
The Whistle buoy in North Key Largo, Conch Reef off of Tavernier, Alligator Light off of Islamorada and Sand Key Light off Key West are some top spots.
The Ocean Reef Club in north Key Largo is a bit of a mystery to most people--a great swath of private real estate that literally corners the market on some of the state's best bluewater fishing.
The North Key Largo flats can be reached from Blackpoint Marina or a Key Largo boat ramp.
The northernmost hotspot is the Whistle Buoy off north Key Largo.

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