It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be on my own that early afternoon and visit the C.B. Harvey Rest Beach Park for a photo shoot. Parking right across the beach, free parking, I ventured toward the long city-maintained & managed dock that must extend several 1,000-feet into the aqua-marine waters of this Key West's east part of the city. Right next to the Beach Park you will find the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach; near that site lies 294 Africans who died in Key West in 1860 - engaged in illegal slave trade. It's a Florida Heritage Landmark sponsored by the Old Restoration Foundation and the US State Department. People who venture into the waters must be cautious about the "Portuguese Man-o-War" as their tentacles are toxic and cause painful stings. Next to the beach is the Martello Tower (old fort) where beautiful exotic flowers & plants can be viewed and appreciated such as the 'Strangler Fig', 'Mahogany Trees', 'Giant Milkweed', and many other plants donated by 'The Trophia Butterfly Foundation'- entry is free - donations are accepted; you may come across many small & colorful lizards during your tour and a cat who was relaxing among the greenry - also don't forget to bring your camera.
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