Hurricane Irma – Florida Keys to Reopen to Visitors Oct. 1

After the Florida Keys were impacted by Hurricane Irma Sept. 10, local government officials announced Monday that the island chain would reopen to visitors Sunday, Oct. 1. While Key Largo and Key West were least impacted by the Category 4 storm, not all lodging, including RV resorts and other tourism facilities throughout the Keys, are […]
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Hurricane Irma Key Largo – Islamorada Residents Re-Entry Begins Tuesday 7am

Hurricane Irma Message from Monroe County BOCC  – Monroe County will open re-entry into the Keys for residents and business owners in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Entry requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership in those three cities. A roadblock will be put around Mile Marker […]
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Key Largo Rowell’s Waterfront Park Development Discussed

The Monroe County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 28, to discuss how the county is planning to move forward with the development of Rowell’s Waterfront Park. Park designers S&ME, formerly known as Little John Engineering, will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have. “This […]
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Divers Mark Artificial Reef Spiegel Grove 15 Year Anniversary

Divers installed a bronze plaque last week identifying the final 250 of 1,000 contributors to a project that sank the former U.S. Navy ship Spiegel Grove 15 years ago as an artificial reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. On May 17, 2002, as the 510-foot-long former landing ship dock was undergoing final preparations […]
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Florida Keys Tourism Report First Quarter 2017 The High Season

Monroe County Tourist Development Council’s most recent Smith Travel Research report shows Florida Keys Tourism is doing just fine. The Florida Keys continued with Florida’s best average daily rate. during the first quarter of 2017, at $315. The report on Florida Keys Tourism, with data from January through March 2017, provides a look at the average […]
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Coralpalooza Coming Key Largo June 2 2017

In celebration of World Oceans Day, Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting its third-annual Coralpalooza event during the weekend of June 2. The event “aims to bring recreational divers and ocean conservation-minded individuals together to promote coral reef restoration and ocean preservation,” according to the foundation’s press release. Coralpalooza helps raise awareness for World Oceans Day, […]
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Dolphins Plus Swimming Summer Camp – Key Largo

Dolphin Kids is our weeklong marine science summer camp for kids ages 6 -10, hosted at our beautiful Dolphins Plus Bayside facility. Campers learn about all sorts of subjects, from local ecosystem ecology to dolphin communication and behavior. Best of all, our dolphin camp makes learning fun through hands-on science activities, marine mammal lessons and […]
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Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Summer Camp 2017 Key Largo

WHO: Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program is a 501(c)(3) Florida non profit organization dedicated to promoting youth sailing as a safe, fun and competitive sport. It is the only sailing program that provides year round instruction and Summer Camp to kids and teens in the Upper Keys and South Dade areas. MSYSP was founded in […]
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REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp 2017 – Key Largo – Islamorada

REEF Ocean Explorers Summer Camp will immerse you into an ocean of learning and fun! Explorers will be exposed to the underwater world, all of its amazing creatures, and a week filled with creative activities and adventures. Discover all that the ocean has to offer and experience conservation actions in the sunny, salty, and the […]
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Key Largo Woodrat – National Geographic Society

One animal that comes readily to mind when you think of the term “laboratory animal” is the venerable rat, a rodent that is as ubiquitous as it is reviled. Not all rats are “guinea pigs” for the lab, however. Some are highly prized for their rarity, such as Florida’s Key Largo woodrat.   The Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma […]
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Affordable Family Friendly Florida Keys Restaurants

As you would expect Seafood Rules in the Florida Keys restaurants. But you can’t eat seafood for every meal…or can you? Most serve up cuisine reflecting the tropical Caribbean flavors. Tropical fruits and veggies, fresh seafood, and tropical drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic (you must try Mrs. Mac’s Key Lime Freeze).  In season you can enjoy […]
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Florida Keys Perfect for New and Experienced Divers

Snorkeling and Scuba diving unlocks a new world, one that offers amazing adventures and underwater encounters. Explore beautiful coral reefs full of candy-colored sea fans, schools of exotic fish and friendly creatures. Swim face-to-face with a sea turtle or saying hello to a stingray hiding in the sand. New and Experienced divers can do all […]
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My 3 Favorite Things To Do in the Upper Florida Keys

I have been in love with the Florida Keys most of my life. Having been born and raised in South Florida, the natural beauty of the area has captivated me since early childhood. The fortune of growing up in a boating family instilled me with an unending need to experience nature to it’s fullest. The […]
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6 All Time Favorite Florida Keys Foods and Where to Find Them

The Florida Keys are well-known for many things such as Fishing, Diving, Beautiful Sunsets and of course Florida Keys foods. The varied recipes found in the local restaurants reflect a multitude of cultural influences from our Spanish, Bahamian, Caribbean neighbors as well as American cuisine. With Commercial fishing the 2nd largest industry in the Keys, just behind tourism, it […]
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Jimmy Johnson Quest for Ring Fishing Championship in Key Largo

Super Bowl and National College Championship-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson hosts a $1 million fishing tournament and four-day party in the keys. Always game for a little competition, legendary football coach and Fox NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson hosts the sixth annual edition of Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week, taking place […]
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A week in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys arc off the state’s southeastern tip like a long strand of tiny beads on a silver chain. Or at least I thought so years ago, looking at the map after watching John Huston’s film classic “Key Largo.” The “beads” are, of course, the islands, and the “chain” is the 113-mile Overseas Highway […]
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Loggerhead Turtle Finding a Place to Nap – The Elbow Key Largo – Video

Five species of endangered sea turtles are found throughout the marine waters of the Florida Keys, including the hawksbill, green turtle, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead, and leatherback.   Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their […]
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Things to Do in Kid Friendly Florida Keys

With its azure blue waters, swaying palm trees, year-round warm temps and bright blue skies, Kid Friendly Florida Keys makes for the perfect tropical escape. Two state parks, a national park and a national marine sanctuary offer plenty of opportunities to explore and learn. Plus it’s easy to reach, at just a little over an […]
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