Florida Keys & Key West Set to Welcome Back International Visitors

With travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international visitors to the United States lifted on 8 November, the Florida Keys tourism council is welcoming back visitors to share the island destination’s outdoor wide-open spaces, scenic natural backdrops of sea and sky, abundance of only-in-the-Keys water activities and enhanced accommodations.

“A visit to the Florida Keys… it’s like popping the cork on a bottle of champagne,” said Stacey Mitchell, director of the Keys tourism council, in a video greeting highlighting “healing properties of backcountry waters.”

The Keys, a 125-mile-long island chain at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, are connected to the mainland and each other by the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Vacationers can enjoy adventures in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys as well as Key West. The last island in the contiguous Keys, Key West also is accessible via convenient nonstop flights from many major U.S. cities.

The Keys continue to experience a steady decline in coronavirus cases, said Bob Eadie, the Florida Department of Health’s regional administrator, and have one of Florida’s highest rates of fully vaccinated residents.

“The advantage of the Florida Keys is that we’re spread out,” said Dr. Mark Whiteside, the health department’s regional medical director. “Over 100 miles and you have plenty of outdoor activities that you can enjoy.”

FloridaKeysTV YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-U3jRQlRf

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The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys. Credit Andy Newman

The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys. Credit Andy Newman

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