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Splendid Summertime

Annabelle reef-bound!

by Shayne Benowitz

There really is nothing like summertime in Key West. It’s hot and balmy. The sun shines bright. And the water is oh-so inviting! That’s also why I love working on the water in Key West and really can’t imagine doing anything else down here. This is the time of year where all you need is a bathing suit, flip-flops, and of course some SPF.

The reef has been absolutely stunning lately with near unlimited visibility. There’s nothing I love more than leaving the marina and being able to see the ocean floor from the deck of the boat as we glide out to the reef or Adventure Island. From the parasail boat alone, we’ve been treated with sightings of sea turtles and dolphins, and sometimes even stingrays and nurse sharks.

Blue tang and sergeant majors at the reef

The tarpon have been rolling, too. In the harbor, on the way to the reef, and often times even snorkeling, these enormous, silvery game fish can be spotted. It’s always a little thrill to see them at the reef and try to swim alongside them before they take off out of sight.

At the reef, expect to find schools of tiny sergeant majors, blue tangs, and yellow tail snappers. I’ve also spotted some enormous rainbow and midnight parrotfish, my favorites! They are so pretty and tropical!

Adventure Island fun!

The Ultimate Adventure is packed with fun. We’ve got a new inflatable toy, the Summit Express slide, along with the classic iceberg and water trampoline. It’s definitely the best water park in town, and the best way to stay cool!

We hope to see you down in our pristine island oasis this summer. Don’t hesitate, fun in the sun is waiting at Fury!

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.

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