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Get to know Tavernier

Tavernier marks the southern terminus of the island of Key Largo and shares a channel on its own southern border with the Plantation Key portion of Islamorada. It has good access to the retail and restaurants clustered in the northern Keys and is a mere hour-and-a-half from downtown Miami. Residents of Tavernier mostly live in single-family dwellings, about half of which are blessed with coveted backyard docks. Florida’s native birds are helped back to their flying ways at a local sanctuary and rehabilitation center, which serves avian creatures of all kinds—owls, blue jays, cormorants, and more. Close water proximity means plenty of access to charter boats for aquatic activities like snorkeling, fishing, and diving. It also means sandy shores and calming waves like those at Harry Harris Beach and Park, a more easy-going alternative.

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Living in the Florida Keys

There isn’t a place called Kokomo, but the Florida Keys are nonetheless a paradise you can get to fast and take it slow. An astounding 882 distinct islands compose this coral-sheathed archipelago at the Sunshine State’s southern tip, forming a 125-mile tail that stretches from lower Miami-Dade to Key West. The latter’s location 90 miles off Cuba made it a lucrative trading port through much of the 19th and early 20th centuries, prompting Henry Morrison Flagler to run his Overseas Railroad from the mainland. Several viaducts from this engineering marvel were commandeered to construct the first highway, opening the region’s powdery beaches and proliferous fisheries to leisure-goers at large. Less than 100,000 inhabit these islands year-round, preserving their unspoiled Caribbean feel. As the Beach Boys said, it really is where you want to go and get away from it all.