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Address: Waters Surrounding the Florida Keys, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Description: If you're in the waters of the Florida Keys, chances are you are in the...
If you're in the waters of the Florida Keys, chances are you are in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys and supports one of the most diverse assemblages of underwater plants and animals in North America. Although best known for is coral reefs, the shallow nearshore waters contain interconnecting marine habitats that include fringing mangroves, seagrass meadows, hardbottom regions, patch reefs, and bank reefs. This complex marine ecosystem is the foundation for the tourism and commercial fishing-based economies that are so important to the State of Florida. Visitors to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary can enjoy recreational activities including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing in appropriate zones.
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Beautiful place for a visit or kayak trip

What a great place to sea kayak!!! It's a beautiful pristine wilderness to enjoy with crystal clear water. Shark nursery in the mangroves. Great place for picnicking on many of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

What a great place to sea kayak!!! It's a beautiful pristine wilderness to enjoy with crystal clear water. Shark nursery in the mangroves. Great place for picnicking on many of the islands. Several concessionaires in the area, but Capt. Markus is the best. Great way to spend a day enjoying the natural environment.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Good times! wonderful weather, beautiful attractions. a lot of things to see and a lot of things to do!

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We just happened upon this wonderful facility while we were looking for the Fort Zachary State Park. It is a free attraction and is well worth the time to go through this . The short film about the Keys' waterways is beautiful and full of information. The displays about the plants and the animals, as well as the large aquariums... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Sail in to your favorite island in the afternoon, and watch the sunset with your friends while sipping on your favorite drink of choice. Wait for the tide to drop and get marooned at a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico for a true experience with yourself. Fall asleep to the sounds of small crashing waves and the sight of... More 

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Warwickshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Keys are a long strip that goes south from Miami. Key West is at the end of the road, and is th Southernmost point of the US. It is worth the trip, as you will find a vibrant fun town, that likes to party and watch the awesome sunsets. I recommend the Grand Hotel. This is a tiny hotel... More 

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Estero, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

A simply must visit if you are in the keys. After all, it has had many famous people fall in love with it. Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman and Jimmy Buffet to name a couple. Great little shops, many many wonderful restaurants and an island dedicated to marine life and tales from the past Parking can be a problem, but look... More 

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Lakeport, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

This is among the best diving America has to offer, in my opinion. Living coral formations, the abundance of marine life and species, excellent visibility (40-60 ft), water temp (75-82), fabulous dive shops with knowledgeable staff. A dive or snorkel at this reef should be on everyone's bucket list, in my opinion.

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Address: Waters Surrounding the Florida Keys, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys

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