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Outdoors in the Florida Keys

Sandbar islands, turquoise water and deep green mangroves: the Florida Keys is ideally equipped for wonderful outdoor experiences. This guide picks out the best activities at the Sunshine State’s south tip.
Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park
COMPILED BY CATRIONA GREW AND RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM REGIS ST LOUIS. PHOTOGRAPHS: MICHAEL RUNKEL/GETTY IMAGES, JUSTIN FOULKES

SIGHTS Bahia Honda State Park ( bahiahondapark.com; Mile 37) This park, with its long, white-sand (and at times seaweed-strewn) beach, named Sandspur Beach by locals, is the big attraction in these parts. As Keys beaches go, this is probably the best natural stretch of sand in the island chain. There’s also the novel experience of walking on the old Bahia Honda Rail Bridge, surrounding islands. Heading out on kayaking adventures is another great way to spend a sun-drenched afternoon.

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