BIG PINE KEY, Florida Keys — Fans of boating, fishing, diving and other watersports in the Florida Keys’ ocean realm can take their pick of maritime merchandise at the 18th annual Big Pine & Lower Keys Nautical Expo set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 15-16.
Designed to appeal to local and visiting sailors, anglers, kayakers, paddleboarders, underwater enthusiasts and everyone who enjoys the Florida Keys’ subtropical seafaring lifestyle, the open-air market is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
More than 100 vendors are expected to be on hand to showcase their offerings on the tree-shaded grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, mile marker 31 oceanside on Big Pine Key. Among the items typically available for purchase are dive and snorkel equipment, fishing gear, boating supplies, coastal lifestyle decor and unique nautical-themed wares.
Other attractions at the family-friendly event include live music provided by favorite local and regional musicians and bands. Attendees also can browse booths featuring arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry, and enjoy casual food and beverages.
Proceeds from the Nautical Expo benefit the programs of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce. Admission and parking are free. Event information: lowerkeyschamber.com or 1-305-872-2411