The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 112
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 112

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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H10 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Shrimping Is Big Business In The Keys Porpoises Leap Twenty Feet At St. Pete Beach's Aquatarium Sunny Highways To Family Fun Start At Palm Beaches' Doorstep 1 p. i1 i ' V l .pry- 2i ' .i TOTra . -1 J ' -... "t ilpU - dens with exceptional aviaries and plantings. A drive north leads first to Tarpon Springs' curious sponge-fishing fleet. About 20 miles beyond, Weekl Wachee Springs proffers a mermaid show 16 feet below the surface of crystal waters over 150 feet deep. Hlghpolnt of the day comes at Homosassa Springs, about 70 miles north of Clearwater. A lovely nine-mile boat cruise Is a prelude to exploring the underwater observatory (30 varieties of fish on view), deer park, alligator lagoon (scores of the giants), and the orchid garden and well-kept nature trails. Big-city Tampa offers touristic attractions, too. There is the colorful university and vast new municipal auditorium. In contrast, Ybor City, the 40-acre Spanish Quarter, dates from 1885. It sports red brick streets, black-and-white mosaic sidewalks and antique lamp-posts, as well as fine Spanish restaurants. Sights Include historic Emilio Pons cigar factory (1887). For refreshing outdoor living close to home, and at bargain cost, there Is special appeal on the coast from Stuart to Melbourne. Prime wilderness enfolds Hutchinson Island. The mainland stretch of Route 707 on the Indian River has Innumerable marinas, fish camps, boat ramps and campsites, from Jensen Beach to Fort Pierce. Melbourne Marina Ileflects Outdoor Spirit By GEORGE HERN JR. A handsome sunburst of highways, centering on the Palm Beaches, traces the easy way to sparkling family recreation In the four corners of Florida's southern half. Natural beauty spots are clustered to the south In the Keys and Everglades National Park. For contrast en route, motorists can savor the glitter of a score of gilded resorts along Route A-l-A, beginning In Delray Beach, and closing with Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach. The trl-city area fringing Tampa Bay boasts a giant constellation of special attractions ranging from St. Petersburg's Aquatarium and Sunken Gardens, to Tampa's Busch Gardens and Ybor City. Along the 70 miles above Clearwater Beach are outstanding sights at Tarpon Springs, Weekl Wachee and Homosassa. Still another distinctive area Is the Atlantic coastline from Stuart to Melbourne. Here, outdoor family living and wa-tersports are king along both Indian River and the ocean-front. Key spots Include Jensen Beach, Fort Pierce, Vero Beach and unassuming Sebastian, as well as Melbourne and Indialantlc. Excellent highways assure carefree half -day drives to the Keys, Clearwater Beach or Melbourne, for example. Circle routes from the Palm Beaches are also ideal to stretch long weekend outings Into one or two week vacations with variety to please the entire family on a budget. Economy of time is also as sured by excellent highways. The great north-south axis of Florida's Turnpike serves the southern half of the state with 17 exits between Miami and Yeehaw Junction. The 100-mlle stretch of U.S. L from the Palm Beaches to v.. oldest house (1825), to the shrimp-boat harbor and U.S. Naval Base. For shore enthusiasts, there is novel Southern-most Beach, handsome Clarence Hlggs Memorial Beach and Pier and the new George Smathers Beach on South Roosevelt Drive. Major sights among many include Ernest Hemingway House, Old Rock Church (1877), Municipal Aquarium, Lighthouse Museum, Audubon House (1830) and the Martello Art Gallery and Museum. An Intriguing wilderness road leads to the 1,400,000-acre Everglades National Park, reached from Florida City on the mainland, 20 miles north of Key Largo. A 49-mile wonder-way wanders across the park to Flamingo. In Flamingo, facing Florida Bay, a comprehensive resort includes lodge, marina, dining rooms, swimming pool, shops, campsite area and very extensive picnic grounds. Boat excursions are perhaps the best way to explore Everglades National Park. Cruises, ranging from two to six hours duration leave Flamingo several times daily and ply areas from Cape Sable to Whitewater Bay. Sights cover hundreds of bird species, mangrove shores and tropical flora. The Tampa Bay region, studded with special attractions, has strong allure for family fun. Perhaps the best central base is Clearwater Beach with its variety of accommodations, many sports facilities and accessibility to major attractions in all directions. A well planned circle circuit from the Palm Beaches may open with Fort Myers' historic sights, natural Sanibel Island, and Sarasota's museums and circus exhibitions. Return might be via Cypress Gardens. Once settled In Clearwater Beach, visitors will probably wish to make day-long outings. Touring In St. Petersburg should include the new bay-front development. Notable, too, are the Sunken Gar- Melbourne, is divided roadway along approximately 80 per cent of this segment. The west coast's 250 miles from Homosassa to Naples is very easy driving along U.S. 19 and 41. Completing an easy access grid are five major east-west arteries. U.S. 41 links Miami and Naples. Northward, Alligator Alley now joins Fort Lauderdale to Naples. Distance from the Palm Beaches to Fort Myers Is covered by U.S. 441 and 80, while U.S. 70 and 72 link Fort Pierce to Sarasota. Like a bee-line, U.S. 60 points from Vero Beach to Clearwater Beach. The key to a fabulous ocean kingdom Is the 159-mlle automobile cruise from Miami along the scenic Overseas Highway to Key West. The series of 42 bridges range In size from the 37-foot Harris Gap span, to giant 7-mlle bridge (linking Knight and Pa-cet Keys.) The draw-bridge's crest offers a panoramic view of an Island-dotted horizon. This route invites stop-and-go driving to take in an array of unusual sights. Key Largo offers glass-bottom boat tours over John Pennekamp Undersea State Park. Tavernler boasts exceptional bird-watching tours, while Grassy Key hosts the Santinl Porpoise School. Key West, first sighted by Ponce de Leon, also attracted Indians, Conquistadors, pirates and now tourists. This city-isle measuring 3-by-5 miles at 10-foot elevation, is Florida's second oldest community, and the Southern-most U.S. city (90 miles north of Cuba). Juan Pablo Salas sold Key West In 1821 to John Slmonton for $2,000, and It became an Incorporated city in 1828. Henry M. Flagler led its economy to tourism with the Overseas Railroad, begun In 1904 and finished in 1912. It was converted to today's highway in 1937. Key West boasts many sights basking in an average 77-degree climate. 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