Big Pine Key & the Lower Keys

Lemurs, Armadillos and More: Keys Sheriff’s Animal Farm

A unique refuge on the grounds of the Sheriff’s Office detention center near Key West shelters some surprising creatures: about 150 domestic and exotic animals from 45 species, ranging from armadillos to Kramer the emu. Benefiting both the animals and inmates who help care for them, the facility welcomes visitors twice each month.

By |2022-05-18T12:07:16-04:00May 18, 2022|

Dave Dipre: Steward of the Keys’ Fish and Wildlife

Captain Dave Dipre, Marathon-based operational captain with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement, oversees operations from Key Largo to Key West. His love of the Keys, and his sense of environmental responsibility, run as deep as the 125-mile-long island chain’s waters that he’s charged with protecting.

By |2022-04-27T14:54:18-04:00April 27, 2022|

Sweet Key Lime Pie Flavors the Keys

Few people visit the Florida Keys without sampling a few pieces of Key lime pie, renowned as the island chain’s signature dessert. Millions of slices of the tart, creamy treat — voted the official pie of Florida by the state legislature in 2006 (yes, really!) — are savored every year by Keys visitors and locals.

By |2022-04-20T16:28:56-04:00April 20, 2022|

Eco-Experience Bucket List: Lower Keys and Key West

Encouraging actions that support the environment is a vital element of the Florida Keys’ commitment to protecting the island chain’s natural resources. And from Big Pine Key to Key West, visitors can find a wide variety of positive environmental activities and attractions that illustrate how to share that commitment — while making lasting memories.

By |2022-04-13T16:36:44-04:00April 13, 2022|

Discover Florida Keys Creativity on Intriguing Art Strolls

Known for creative, colorful, sometimes quirky artwork and a rich diversity of handcrafted artisan wares, the Florida Keys are internationally recognized for artistry inspired by stunning seascapes, landscapes and a light-drenched subtropical color palette. This season, the Keys feature fresh-air strolls that explore the matchless talent and fascinating work of skilled local artists.

By |2022-02-02T16:09:51-05:00February 2, 2022|

Ken Nedimyer: Steward of Reef Restoration

Ken Nedimyer, an Upper Keys–based director of Reef Renewal Foundation International, is globally recognized as a father of reef restoration, creating strategies to rebuild coral reefs around the world. He oversees three coral nurseries in the Keys — off Tavernier, Big Pine Key and Marathon — that house 21 coral species with 1,000 genotypes.

By |2021-12-29T16:58:09-05:00December 29, 2021|

New Year’s Eve ‘Drops’ Sure to Dazzle Key West Revelers

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Key West typically feature balmy weather and a warmhearted welcome for visitors eager to escape freezing northern temperatures. Festivities include several offbeat takeoffs on the traditional ball drop in New York’s Times Square — even one that stars drag queen Sushi being “dropped” in a supersized red high heel.

By |2021-12-22T11:26:50-05:00December 15, 2021|

10 Experiences to Savor ‘Only in the Keys’

The Florida Keys & Key West are known around the globe for their unmatched natural beauty, laid-back atmosphere and year-round warmth. But they also offer environmental, cultural and adventure activities that can’t be enjoyed anywhere EXCEPT in the island chain. Make lasting vacation memories by undertaking 10 extraordinary “only in the Keys” experiences.

By |2021-11-24T15:46:53-05:00November 24, 2021|

Dive a ‘Movie-Star’ Shipwreck and a World-Class Reef

The largest shipwreck available for sport diving in the Lower Keys remains a popular stop on the Florida Keys Wreck Trek for divers, and a relatively easy introduction to wreck diving for novices. The 210-foot-long Adolphus Busch, sunk intentionally in 1998, lies between Looe Key and American Shoal, southwest of Big Pine Key.

By |2021-11-17T15:18:54-05:00November 17, 2021|

Three Florida Keys Adventures For Your Fall Bucket List

Who says the fall season has to be dull and gloomy? Instead, plan an adrenaline-packed vacation in the sunny Florida Keys, and enjoy balmy temps and delightful ocean breezes while indulging in “bucket-list” adventures — like exploring the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, sportfishing or even skydiving above the island chain.

By |2021-09-22T14:31:39-04:00September 22, 2021|
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