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Florida Keys

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The Florida Keys (or the Keys or Keys) are a coral cay archipelago in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and defining one edge of Florida Bay.

At the nearest point, the southern tip of Key West is just 90 miles (140 km) from Cuba. The climate of the Keys is defined as tropical according to Köppen climate classification. More than 95 percent of the land area lies in Monroe County, but a small portion extends northeast into Miami-Dade County, such as Totten Key.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

There is much open water swimming in the Keys including the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse in Islamorada.

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