Keep Silver Kings Reigning Best Tarpon Fishing Practices

When fishing for tarpon this season, be sure to use best fishing practices to keep silver kings reigning. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) consulted a number of external partners, including charter captains, Salt Strong and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, to create a comprehensive list of best Tarpon fishing practices to guide anglers looking to target … Read more

Go Slow Look Out Below For Manatees

Watching for manatees while boating is always important and spring is a particularly important season for boaters to go slow and lookout below for the slow-moving mammals as they naturally disperse from their winter refuges. Manatees overwinter in Florida springs, power plant discharges and other warm-water sites, relying on water that is warmer than 68 degrees … Read more

Florida Keys Dive Spots to Add to Undersea Bucket List

As well as the continental United States’ only coral barrier reef, the Florida Keys feature unique dive spots that provide unparalleled adventures for underwater enthusiasts. The majestic Christ of the Deep statue, an artificial reef created from a historic Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad bridge, and much more await divers in the island chain. KEY LARGO … Read more

Exploring the Spectacular Florida Keys Elkhorn Coral

Welcome to the mesmerizing world of the Florida Keys, a tropical paradise renowned for its vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs. Among the many coral species that grace the Florida Keys waters, the Florida Keys Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata) stands out as an essential and captivating component of the region’s diverse ecosystem. In this … Read more

Your 2023 Video Guide to Lobster Harvesting in the Florida Keys

Florida Spiny Lobster

Local, state and federal agencies strictly enforce lobster harvesting and boating safety regulations in the Florida Keys during the lobster mini-season the last Wednesday and Thursday in July (July 26-27), and regular season that begins Aug. 6. Captain David Dipre of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses important points to know before you go. … Read more

FWC Rule For Recreational Crab Traps March 1 2013

Starting in March 2013, recreational crab traps in Florida will be required to have rigid funnel openings no larger than 2 x 6 inches at the narrowest point or 2 x 6-inch bycatch reduction devices installed to reduce accidental trapping of diamondback terrapins, which has been a significant threat to the species. The rule was approved by … Read more

Florida Manatees in the Winter

Florida Manatees are large, aquatic mammals native to the waters of Florida and the surrounding states. During the winter months, these animals can often be found in the warm waters of Florida’s springs and power plants as well as the Florida Keys, where they gather to avoid the cold. Manatees are generally slow-moving creatures, with … Read more

Treats from the Sea Are the Stars of Florida Keys Cuisine

In the Florida Keys & Key West, fresh seafood is a must for just about every meal. And with the abundance of fish and seafood in Keys waters, most restaurants along the island chain make it a menu staple. It’s easy to find just-off-the-boat snapper, grouper and mahi-mahi served grilled, blackened or fried. In addition, … Read more

Springtime in the Florida Keys 2022

Springtime in the Florida Keys & Key West is easy and breezy, with weather that’s ideal for all types of outdoor activities on and in the water and in the Keys’ scenic wide-open spaces. As sustainability remains a priority with the restoration and preservation of the Keys’ fragile environment and natural resources, plans for a … Read more

Florida Keys U.S. 1 Transportation Master Plan

The Florida Keys Transportation Coordination Committee (FKTCC) met on Monday to recommend and rank a set of potential solution projects approved in the U.S. 1 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The list will be presented to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in February for approval to be given to the Florida Department of … Read more

Florida Keys Celtic Festival Returns to Marathon Jan 7-9

Celtic history, culture, food and music are to be celebrated by attendees at the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, a favorite family event in the Middle Keys. The 2022 event is set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 7-9, after a one-year hiatus due to coronavirus concerns in early 2021. Celtic rock and traditional musicians are scheduled … Read more

Take a Big Bite at Small Florida Keys Eateries

Indigenous Florida Keys cuisine typically means fresh fish and seafood harvested from local waters, headlining nearly every restaurant menu. For a delicious bite to spark your taste buds, check out some small, off-the-grid and new-location eateries that Keys locals favor for their flavors. In Key Largo, diners can kick off their shoes, dip their toes … Read more

Highest Price For a Home in Marathon Breaks Local Record with $11.9M Sale

Engel & Völkers Florida today announced the record-breaking sale of 1150 Bulevar De Palmas. Joani Towe, an advisor with Engel & Völkers Islamorada represented the buyer in their $11,995,000 purchase, which was the highest price seen for a home in Marathon, Florida. “It was an absolute pleasure working to bring the buyer and seller together … Read more

Watch Florida Keys Music Events Live or Stream Online

Traditionally, performing artists in the Florida Keys share their musical talent in island-style venues that range from outdoor amphitheater lawns to historic halls and waterfront clubs. But since coronavirus precautions currently prohibit large concert gatherings, like the Florida Keys Music Events listed below, performance stages now include virtual and streaming versions to maintain the health … Read more

Public Workshop on Fisheries Management of Western Dry Rocks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on a proposal for a seasonal fishing closure in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks. This area is about 10 miles southwest of Key West and is an important spawning location for many recreationally and commercially important species such as snapper, grouper and … Read more

Florida Keys Conch Republic to Celebrate Independence Nov 27-30

It began with an unannounced U.S. Border Patrol roadblock installed in 1982 at the head of the Florida Keys, causing massive traffic delays and inspiring irritated residents to ceremonially secede from the Union They formed the independent Conch Republic. “Citizens” and friends of the colorful “country” can celebrate its continued fame Friday through Monday, Nov. … Read more