Adventure Guide: Florida Keys & Everglades National Park, by Bruce Morris

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One operator I checked into supplies only a very short anchor rope to prevent you from going out to the reefs. This same operator also did not want customers going into Florida Bay. They are no longer in business. WARNING: Currents in the Keys, especially near bridges, can be swift and can change direction in a matter of only a few minutes. It is vital that you take this into account when planning your paddling excursions. Throughout the text of this book, I mention conditions, such as currents, relevant to planning your itinerary.

32 n The Florida Keys & the Everglades Today Cuban Influence As in most of South Florida, Cuban-American restaurants and Cuban-influenced cooking can be found everywhere in the Keys. Although food in Cuba itself is sadly lacking in interest and often bland, Cuban-American food, as I call it, is brilliant, tasty and usually cheap. I mention a few good Cuban eateries in this book and you should not pass them up. Don’t miss the wonderful Cuban coffee served strong and black, something like espresso, or con leche, with hot milk.

Org. Indigenous Cultures There are no remnants of pre-Columbian people left in Florida. Near Everglades National Park, Seminole Indians, a tribe that moved to the area well after Columbus passed nearby, has settlements. Retirees As is true throughout the state, the Keys have attracted retirees from all over the US and other countries. They come for the warm People n 35 Conchs Florida Keys natives are known as “Conchs” after the mollusk that was their culinary staple during early settler times. Conchs are proud of their culture and defend it.

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