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Travel snapshots: Florida

By: Ashley Chase on Dec. 21, 2009, 12:05 p.m.
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Biscayne Bay

About 35 miles long and 8 miles wide, Biscayne Bay stretches along the Atlantic Coast of south Florida, near Miami. It encompasses picturesque waters, islands and fish-speckled coral reefs. Over the last 100 years, the bay's beauty has been marred by raw sewage, urban runoff, beach bulkheads, dredging and the loss of fresh water flow.

The bay makes up part of Biscayne National Park — a popular destination for camping, boating, snorkeling, kayaking and other nature activities. It is one of the top destinations in the U.S. for scuba diving; its coral reefs are home to more than 200 species of fish.