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Spanish word for Key Largo "Cayo Largo" or Long Island, because of the island's size. It is the largest of the Florida Keys at 22,000 acres.

Key Largo and John Pennekamp Park offers year round Kayaking and Canoeing opportunities. Key Largo is the perfect starting point to begin your tropical paddling adventure. Learn about the natural history of the keys and details of launches and paddling routes in Key Largo. Look out the window at the environmentally fascinating place where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with the saltwater of Florida Bay. Key Largo is unique island because it abuts Everglades National Park along its southeastern-most border.

The only ecosystem of its kind in the world, encompasses some 1.4 million acres. Visitors to the Everglades can see bald eagles and many of the 300 other species of birds, as well as alligators, deer and bobcats. Everglades has 99 mile Wilderness Waterway.


Backcountry waters and Oceanside flats are simply beautiful...Mangrove Islands abound and the water is "gin clear" and hold some of the most rare and beautiful Marine Life, Birds & Flora in the U.S.

Whe kayaking take advantage of the tides and prevailing winds.

The Florida Keys is the world's premier fishing destinations. The warm, calm and clear waters are legendary for their rich marine life. Explore the fishing grounds—from the flats to the mangrove islands

Key Largo is known for the magnificent natural coral reefs, the sunken ships, the tremendous variety of marine life and the clarity of the waters,


What a feeling to be close to nature gliding ontop of the water on a kayak.The natural beauty of the Upper Keys is best seen from the seat of a kayak.The sight of fish and bird as you pass along the mangrove waterways.The endless vista of seascapes to be explored. A kayack trip is both educational and inspirational.Kayaking is the vantage point to endless visual masterpiece of the fragile ecosystem of the Florida Bay. There are natural tunnels of the mangrove canopies, and the surrel beauty beneath the water.

Mangrove forests are one of Upper Key's most important natural features. The mangrove tree has adapted so well to living in a saltwater environment. It is the prevalent plant found in shoreline areas regularly washed by low tidal wave action. Trapping detritus with their roots, the trees also provide food and habitat for a variety of crabs, fish, mollusks, and insects.

The Red mangrove specie is prevalent in the Florida Keys. The red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) is the most dominant member and the species found nearest to the water. It has elliptical dark green leaves and long green seed pods that drop into the water and can float for miles before taking root. The tallest member of the mangrove family, usually growing to an average of 20 feet, it anchors itself against the tide with hundreds of reddish-brown prop roots that arch from the trunk and take hold of the muck below the water.


Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. Kayaking and canoeing
are also known as paddling. A kayak is a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat primarily designed to
be manually propelled by means of a double blade paddle.


Kayaking Terms
The Everglades and Florida Keys are prime sea kayak paddling areas with coastal wilderness, remote mangrove islands, sandy beaches, coral reefs.  Kayaks are designed with particular intended uses, and while you will be able to learn all the necessary skills in just about any kayak, having one that was built with your interests in mind can make all the difference.  

  1. Beam - The widest part of the kayak.
  2. Bow - The front end of the kayak.
  3. Bulkhead - A vertical partition inside the kayak designed to create separate chambers inside the boat. Bulkheads create watertight areas where gear can be safely stored.
  4. Cleat - A fitting used for tying lines to. Often attached to the deck of a kayak, they have two protruding horns that make it easy to tie a line or bungee cord to.
  5. Coaming - The rim of a kayak's cockpit. It has a lip or flange that a kayaker's spray skirt fits on to keep the kayaker dry.
  6. Cockpit - The area (semi-enclosed) where the kayaker sits while in the boat.
  7. Deck - The top of the kayak.
  8. Double Kayak - A kayak designed for two paddlers to operate at one time. It has two separate cockpits, and more cargo space than a single kayak. Double kayaks are typically more stable than single kayaks.
  9. Dry Bag - A waterproof bag kayakers use to protect the items they bring with them.
  10. Hatch - A waterproof hold inside the kayak where you can store items you're taking with you. The removable cover on top is called a hatch cover.
  11. Hull - The bottom side of the kayak (below the seam).
  12. Line - A rope used to tie the kayak to a point on the shore.
  13. PFD - Personal Flotation Device (life vest). Life vests are worn at all times when on the water.
  14. Port - A directional term meaning to the left of the kayak or the left side of any boat. Opposite of starboard.
  15. Rudder - The vertical blade in the rear of the kayak, used to steer the boat.
  16. Seam - The one-inch wide line around the middle of the kayak where the deck and hull are joined together, usually a different color than the deck or hull.
  17. Single Kayak - A kayak designed for one paddler, it has only one cockpit. It is typically shorter in length and beam than a double kayak.
  18. Spray Skirt - A fitted, waterproof piece of fabric that creates a seal between the kayaker and the coaming, keeping water from entering the cockpit.
  19. Stability - How easy or difficult it is to tip a boat over. Kayaks like those Northern Lights use are designed to be very stable.
  20. Starboard - A directional term meaning to the right of the kayak. Opposite of port.
  21. Stern - The back end of the kayak.                                                                                                  
                                                                                             WHERE TO KAYAK IN THE UPPER KEYS 
  • NORTH CUT John Pennekanp Coral Reef State Park
  • SOUTH CUT John Pennekanp Coral Reef State Park
  • MOLASSES REEF John Pennekanp Coral Reef State Park
  • 18 mile strech

  Everglades National Park 

          The everglages are a vast area with a maximum variation in elevation of less than 25 feet. But the Everglades National Park has a unique collected beauty. It is the largest subtropical wilderness area in the nation. The everglades is a wide shallow slow moving freshwater river, this contributes to the development of it"s unusual  landscape. It supports an enormous variety of flora and fauna.This  includes many different species of palms and sawgrass. It is the perfect habitat  for crocodiles and alligators.As well as Many other animals. Nowhere else in the continental states will you find this  type of tropical enironment. It is a land from another era.  

Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site Trail 

         Begin your arrival  into the Keys on Card Sound Road.This will take you to Key Largo Hammock.This is the site of a failed resort development. It offers the largest surviving tract of West Indian hardwoods in the United States. Dozens of native West Indian plant species can be found in a Key Largo hammock. Most of these trees began as seeds brought here by winds, tropical storms, tides, or migratory birds. There are more than 200 varieties of West Indian species of trees.These include, vines, ferns, mosses, and lichens. A typical hammock is made up of four major structural parts: the canopy, the midstory, the understory, and the ground cover. The canopy contains the tops of the largest trees such as gumbo-limbo , Jamaica dogwood, and poisonwood . The mix of smaller trees in the midstory often includes black ironwood , pigeon plum , and Spanish stopper. ropical shrubs in the understory and ground cover include wild coffee and cockspur.

El Radabob Key 

El Radabob Key lies on the Atlantic side of Key Largo part of Key Largo Sound. A trip around El Radabob Key totals about 12 miles.The anatomy of the sheltered waters with mangrove channels of the North and South Cut  of Largo Sound, is unimaginable.It has good bird-watching,and beautiful vista's. This makes shorter trip attractive too.History note it should be mentioned that the name of Julia Island was changed to "El Radabob Key." The "El" is for Ellen, the widow of a Pittsburgh industrialist, through whose trust the park was purchased. "Ra" is for Radford Crane; "Da" for son David; "Bob" for son Robert.    

John Pennekamp Park

John Pennekamp Park is twenty-one nautical miles long and 18 nautical miles wide.This park is the most popular place for snorkeling and scuba diving in the  United States. Most of the park is underwater and not on land, Pennekamp is a permanent refuge for 650 species of tropical  reef fish (such as neon-colored queen angels, grunts, snapper, and grouper), and more than 25 kinds of coral. This park was the first underwater  park in the nation,it  is world-famous. Canon Beach, which features remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck 100 feet offshore.

Indian Key


Calusa and Tequesta indian tribes frequented Indian Key a thousand year befor the arrival of the spanish. 1733 Spanish ships was wrecked off Indian Key.A post was established for ship recovery and salvage operations. 1763 Bahamian fisherman and turtlers worked the area. 1821 American occupation of Florida,to put a stop to pirating. 1820's a trading post was opened to supply the salvage trade. 1831 Jacob Houseman turned this eleven acre into a busy port. 1836 Dade county was established, with Indian Key as the county seat. 1838 Dr.Henry Perrine cultivativated tropical plants. 1840 Indians attacked the island destroyed the buildens and the future of it's developement. Almost immediately, the navy took the island for use as its headquarters for the remainder of the Indian War.      

Lignumvitae Key      

Lignumvite Key on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the highest of all the keys at a 16 feet above sea level!

    There are written accounts regarding early occupants on the island.However, there  is evidence that indians were earlier occupants. On the south edge of the island is evidence of a burial site and kitchen midden made by Indians. Stories cite  buccaneers and pirates  also inhabited this island.Lignumvitae Key appears on a 1760 Spanish chart as Cayo de la Leña. In 1763, the British renamed it Jenkinson Island after the lord of the Admiralty, Charles Jenkinson.The name it holds today is assumed that it acquired due to the quantity of the lignumvitae trees found on the island.

    Each resident of the island left a mark.The significant coral rock walls on the west end of the island  extend for a total length of about 3,000 feet.Some say it was built by the early Spanish; yet, other say it is more typical of the Bahamas than Spain.1838 Dr.Henry Perrine  and Jacob Houseman cultivativated tropical plants on the island.

    The ownership trai:William H. Bethel purchased the island from the state in 1881. Then William A. Bethel and his wife Mary Eliza sold the island to Thomas A. and Edward A. Hine for: $2,000 on December 20, 1888. The ownership was again transferred in 1919 to the Biscayne Chemical Company.William John Matheson was president of Biscayne Chemical Company.

    William Matherson is responsible for the visible structures seen today. In the 1920's some giant mahogany trees were felled and some exotic plants introduced. But otherwise this tropical forest is considered to be virgin hammock. Tropical hammocks are conside one of North America’s rarest ecosystems. Lignumvitae Key has one of the better preserved tropical hammocks in the country. Dozens of native West Indian plant species can be found in this hammock. Most of these trees began as seeds brought here by winds, tropical storms, tides, or migratory birds. There are more than 200 varieties of West Indian species of trees.

     At his house on the mainland, his wife wanted to redecorate by removing six cannons recovered from the British warship HMS Winchester. (The Winchester ran aground on Carysfort Reef in 1665.  He moved them to Lignumvitae Key where they stand today. The Matheson family held onto the island until it was sold to three Miamians in 1953. It has been owned by the state and the Nature Conservancy since 1970. 

Nest Keys

        Florida bay is an extendsion of the Gulf of Mexico. Florida Bay, streaches beyond the southern tip of mainland Florida. It starts along the southern shores of Everglades National Park.The bay separates  Florida's mainland from the Florida Keys.The Florida Keys is a chain of small islands that extend in a southwesterly direction off the coast of South  East Florida. There are thousands of mangrove islands in Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Landing is prohibited on these islands,except for a few chosen islands. These islands are protected by the Everglades National Park Service. The mangrove islands are set aside for the nesting birds and and other animals that inhabit the area.Nest Key is an island designated for public use. Nest Key is a small island located in Florida Bay, near the Island of Key Largo.

      To get to Nest Key it can be an adventure.It can be an enjoyable journey depending on wind conditions. A starting point at Key Largo. Then the route will go through Tarpon Basin and Little Buttonwood Sound to Porjoe Key.  From Porjoe there is an open water crossing of about 2 miles to the Nest Keys,

     The Florida bay is a fascinating place where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with the saltwater of the ocean. It has warm, clear, shallow waters with endless vista's of mangrove islands. The backcountry is  home for fish, birds and many other types of plants and animals. 

     Animal to see: roseate spoonbills,manatees, dolphin, rays, sea turtles, american bald eagle, white pelican.There are many more species, bring a camera. This is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist.

 Where these Islands got there names:

  • Whaleback Key,  when approached from the south looks like a whale's back.
  • Lake Key has a lake inside it. 
  • Nest Key has several osprey nests.
  • Porjoe Key, according to early settlers, was inhabited by dozens of skinny, long-legged, long-necked birds they knew as Poor Joes, tricolor herons.
  • Cowpens Cut for early settlers use to pen manatees up in the cut prior to slaughtering them for food.


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    Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
    About 90 miles east of Key West.

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