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Alli Candelmo: Steward of the Keys’ Marine Environment

Marine ecologist Alli Candelmo of Key Largo's Reef Environmental Education Foundation has forged a career that positively impacts the environment of the Florida Keys in big ways. Passionate about protecting the natural world since she was a child, she regards enjoying and protecting marine ecosystems as her primary personal and professional goal.

By |2021-09-07T19:00:02-04:00October 30, 2019|

Florida Keys’ Underwater World: An Ultimate Experience For Divers and Snorkelers

Discover five fascinating sites in the Florida Keys' "Become a Reef Explorer" dive and snorkel program. The program spotlights Keys reefs with a specially created souvenir journal, designed for first-timers, families and fun-loving outdoor enthusiasts of all experience levels who want to log dives or snorkels while exploring the region’s remarkable reefs.

By |2019-10-23T20:52:50-04:00October 23, 2019|

Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Other ‘Wrinkles’ on Upper Keys Fun

Key Largo is called the dive capital of the world — with good reason, since it draws underwater enthusiasts from around the globe to experience its diverse, fascinating coral reef ecosystem alive with sea life. Plus Key Largo, and the Upper Keys overall, are home to a weird and wonderful array of lighthearted underwater events.

By |2021-05-13T16:07:42-04:00September 18, 2019|

Connect & Protect: Dive into Florida Keys Eco-Adventures

Vacation volunteerism, often called “voluntourism,” contributes to the self-sufficiency and sustainability of destinations like the Florida Keys. In the Keys, advocacy groups and learning-based attractions offer hands-on experiences that visitors can discover and enjoy — helping them find out more about impacts on Florida's reefs and environment and how the average person can help as a citizen scientist.

By |2020-04-07T13:14:46-04:00August 27, 2019|

Connect & Protect: Low-Impact Summer Watersports

Calm summer seas in the Florida Keys mean easygoing and easy-on-the-environment watersports powered by people or the rays of the sun. Low-impact on-the-water activities include cruising warm, clear waters on a hydrobike, standup paddleboarding through the backcountry flats, or taking a dolphin watch and snorkel tour on the Keys’ first electric-powered charter boat.

By |2019-07-31T17:17:30-04:00July 31, 2019|

The Keys Can’t-Miss List: Marathon Restaurants

Where can you chow down on a luscious lobster Reuben? Or melt-in-your-mouth fried Key lime pie? Or a unique and gorgeous sushi dish made from lionfish? The restaurants in Marathon and the Middle Florida Keys offer all these and more — so embark on a tasting excursion to sample, savor and smile.

By |2019-06-12T20:52:41-04:00June 12, 2019|

Connect & Protect the Florida Keys’ Living Reefs

The Florida Keys are home to the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Underwater enthusiasts can help protect it by employing eco-friendly reef etiquette, using reef-safe sunscreen, taking the Nature Conservancy's #RespectOurReef pledge and other actions. Protection of this unique natural system is essential for enjoyment today and in the future.

By |2019-05-29T22:24:33-04:00May 29, 2019|

Celebrate the 10th ‘Birthday’ of the Vandenberg Artificial Reef

Want to log a world-class, bucket-list dive experience? Then head for Key West this Memorial Day weekend for the 10-year “on-the-bottom” anniversary of the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg. Sunk May 27, 2009, it’s the world’s second-largest vessel intentionally scuttled to become an artificial reef — and the anniversary events will be unforgettable.

By |2019-05-15T17:44:39-04:00May 15, 2019|

‘Connect & Protect’ the Florida Keys’ Natural World

Some of the world’s most incredible natural resources can be found in the Florida Keys — including the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Visitors can discover them, and become motivated to protect them, during soft-adventure activities, eco-travel experiences, diving or kayaking treks and stops at environmental attractions and wildlife refuges.

By |2020-04-09T15:15:42-04:00May 8, 2019|

Dry Tortugas and Everglades: the Keys’ Intriguing National Parks

Planning a visit to the Florida Keys this spring or summer? As well as enjoying the island chain’s many land-and-water attractions and near-addictive easygoing vibe, you can also explore two of the United States’ most intriguing places: Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks. Both parks are nothing less than priceless national treasures.

By |2019-04-10T19:45:24-04:00April 10, 2019|
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