• Posted:Monday, September 7, 2009
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Be a backpacking buccaneer
Ahar, me hearties! Any backpackers out there on cheap travel holidays who fancy themselves as a bit of a Captain Jack really ought to think very carefully about splashing the cash on a trip to the Florida Keys over the coming winter months as a host of pirating adventures are being put on by the good townspeople of the area.

Key West, first of all, is to be the venue for the Pirates in Paradise Festival from November 28th to December 6th, a series of events that promises a rip-roaring good time for all who go. Over 150 piratical entertainers are on board to provide fun and games, as well as many actors ready to spin a historical yarn or two for visitors to the region who may not know about the Keys' dastardly past. Apparently, this particular part of Florida was, in days of yore, a stronghold for pirates. Backpackers can enjoy sailing the high seas with Captain Finbar on board his trusty vessel, the Schooner Wolf, or take part in the annual plank-walking championships.

Aside from Pirates in Paradise, Key Largo's Pirate Festival taking place from October 17th to 19th features a costume contest, rum tasting, treasure hunts, underwater poker and a thieves' market, as well as more walking the plank. Furthermore, Black Caesar - a legendary Florida pirate of old who terrorised the waters in the early 19th century - is reported to be coming back from the dead in order to strike fear in the hearts of men, women and children at this year's festival. Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum!
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