Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Florida Keys, paradise for snorkelling and swimming with dolphins

It is amazing that the all of the Keys islands in Southern Florida can be reached by car. Each little island is connected by roads on artificial sandbanks and bridges. We drove to Key West, the island the furthest away from the main land. On our way we stopped at Key Largo for a boat trip and snorkel experience. Leaving the little port you see this is a rich region. Most mansions alongside the canals have there own sailing boats or yachts.

On our way to Key West, we saw the electricity facilities in the water transferring energy from one island to the other. It is a strange view to see a speed boat next to these giant electrictity poles. On Key West, we really relaxed on a calm beach in front of our hotel and enjoyed the sun set with a good glass wine. A day later we went swimming with dolphins in open sea. Do you know that dolphins even swim when they are asleep?

Het is ongelooflijk dat alle eilanden van de Keys in zuid Florida bereikbaar zijn met de wagen. Ieder eiland is aan elkaar verbonden met wegen op kunstmatige zandbanken of bruggen. Onze eindbestemming was Key West, het verst gelegen eiland van het vaste land. Onderweg zijn we gestopt bij Key Largo voor een boottocht en snorkel avontuur. Bij het uitvaren van de kleine haven zie je dat dit een rijke regio is. De meeste villa’s langs de kanalen hebben hun eigen zeilboot of jacht. 

Onder weg naar Key West staan elektriciteitsvoorzieningen in open zee. Ze transporteren energie naar het volgende eiland. Wat raar om hier een speedboot te zien langs varen. Op Key West zelf konden we echt ontspannen op een rustig strand net voor ons hotel en genoten we van de zonsondergang met een wijntje. Een dag later gingen we met dolfijnen zwemmen in open zee. Wist je dat dolfijnen ook zwemmen terwijl ze slapen.? 
 
Key Largo

Key Largo

Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Key West

Key West

Key West

Key West

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25 comments:

  1. indeed how great that infrastructure is so far in to the sea...i love your dolphin shot!!! have tons of fun.-))

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  2. Lovely to see the warm sunshine, blue seas and the dolphins.

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  3. What a wonderful vacation! It sounded very relaxing. We took this driving trip once after a cruise and drove only as far as Marathon, FL. I like the American Gothic statue.

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  4. The rich deep blue in your pictures is just heavenly.

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  5. Amazing experience to swim with dolphins, right?
    Have a nice holiday.
    J & C

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  6. Echte droombestemmingen bestaan dus nog, Filip... !
    Lie(f)s.

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  7. Your photos are bringing back such sweet memories. Love that area.

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  8. are they still famous for 'square grouper" ?


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  9. What fun seeing the dolphins! Can't wait to get there with my grandson. hOpe you are just having an awesome time!

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  10. Really I like your beautiful post.


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  11. Oooo, daar waren jullie dus! Wow, dit staat op mijn verlanglijstje maar mijn bruintje kan het niet trekken. Dus bedankt Filip en Kristel, voor de mooie reportages, jullie doen er me plezier mee!

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  12. Widok słupów w wodzie jest niesamowity. Morze i plaża cudowne. Pływanie z delfinami to pewno było wspaniałe przeżycie. Pozdrawiam.
    View posts in the water is amazing. The sea and the beach wonderful. Swimming with dolphins was definitely a great experience. Yours.

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  13. Well ... now your photos look a bit more like what I get to see downunder - but with a bit less infrastructure!

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  15. I did not know that about dolphins Filip, I was watching some while I was taking photos a few nights ago, so nice to watch them play. Super images here from your travels in the Florida Keys, the first image is fab.

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  16. It's funny I just heard a list of what cities in America rank for most beautiful- people ...hahahahaha that famous statue- so precious- but seriously Miami ranked as the number one spot for most beautiful people. What do you think do you agree? Now this is just out of the states within American- the cities that is, and number second on the list was San Diego.!

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  17. Een heel knappe log met schitterende foto's die een verhaal vertellen.

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  18. Très belles tes photos de Floride!!!! ma fille a habité un an à key west!Bisousssssssssss

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  19. het heeft iets paradijselijk Filip...

    de foto met de speedboot is wel heel verrassend...

    groeten

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  20. knappe zonsondergang
    en zo'n villake met een bootje voor, mja, dat is niet mis

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  21. geweldig !!! Lieve groeten, Dietmut

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