On the Water

Underwater Music Fest to ‘Make Waves’ for Reef Protection

The Lower Florida Keys’ sub-sea world will become a concert venue Saturday, July 13, when divers and snorkelers immerse themselves in a musical adventure that promotes reef protection. It’s called the Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival, and it’s unlike any other dive or snorkel experience — OR any other music festival — on the planet.

By |2024-07-02T18:25:18-04:00July 2, 2024|

Allison Delashmit: Steward of the Lower Keys Guides Association

Allison Delashmit is the executive director of the Lower Keys (Fishing) Guides Association, which includes more than 100 vetted guide members and 150-200 angler members. Her goals include protecting and maintaining the organization’s integrity, helping to protect and preserve the Keys fishery, and providing a voice for future fisheries management in the Keys.

By |2024-06-26T15:27:06-04:00June 26, 2024|

Plywood, Duct Tape and That Dreaded ‘Sinking Feeling’

Sometimes in Key West, people get that “sinking feeling.” It happens each Memorial Day weekend when they compete in the weird and wonderful Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta — where, in the course of one wacky afternoon, many participating vessels simply disintegrate in the water, leaving their “captains” dogpaddling intrepidly while spectators howl with laughter.

By |2024-06-19T12:48:50-04:00June 19, 2024|

Bill Keogh: Steward of the Lower Keys’ Natural World

Naturalist, eco-guide, photographer-writer and paddling guidebook author Bill Keogh, a 44-year resident of Big Pine Key, operates Big Pine Kayak Adventures. He provides kayak and low-impact motorboat excursions and private motorboat trips to the Lower Florida Keys’ remote wilderness of the National Key Deer Refuge and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge.

By |2024-06-05T12:52:02-04:00June 5, 2024|

Escape to Key West

Visitors to Key West will find palm-shaded streets, picturesque historic homes, a lively multicultural culinary scene and a flourishing arts community. But perhaps the most appealing aspect is the mellow, easygoing pace of life — a pace that inspires new arrivals to release everyday pressures, breathe deeply and absorb the island’s revitalizing rhythm.

By |2024-05-29T15:06:54-04:00May 29, 2024|

Escape to the Lower Keys

Big Pine & the Lower Keys, home to two national wildlife refuges, part of a national marine sanctuary and a stunning state park, is an ideal place to unwind, recharge and reconnect with nature’s beauty. And no visit is complete without encountering the tiny endangered Key deer, found only in the Lower Keys.

By |2024-05-22T14:54:56-04:00May 22, 2024|

Escape to Marathon

The Middle Keys’ Marathon is an easygoing, laid-back area for family and couples’ vacations that include sun, fun and nature exploration. From snorkeling a shallow reef to strolling the Old Seven Mile Bridge, options abound that enable individuals, couples, families and friends to dedicate time to the pursuit of relaxation and personal renewal.

By |2024-05-15T17:50:59-04:00May 15, 2024|

Escape to Islamorada

Called the Sport Fishing Capital of the World because of its stunning angling diversity, the Upper Keys’ Islamorada is also known for its eco-tours, variety of watersports, historic state parks, artistic culture and galleries, fine dining and enticing boutiques. Overall, Islamorada offers an unparalleled blend of satisfying activities and opportunities for downtime.

By |2024-05-08T12:17:25-04:00May 8, 2024|

Escape to Key Largo

Key Largo, the northernmost island in the Florida Keys, offers a friendly, welcoming vibe and vast natural beauty both on land and underwater. Known as the Diving Capital of the World, the area includes many extraordinary sites where divers and snorkelers can immerse themselves in the profound, quiet wonders of the marine ecosystem.

By |2024-05-01T16:32:40-04:00May 1, 2024|

Dive into the Keys’ Underwater World with FloridaKeysTV

For those who can’t travel to the Florida Keys this spring for the amazing diving, the island chain’s enthralling subsea world can be explored through the free streaming channel and app, FloridaKeysTV. It features hours of quality underwater programming — including the Keys-focused “Destination Dive” series — to inspire ideas for an upcoming visit.

By |2024-04-24T15:10:21-04:00April 24, 2024|
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