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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Offshore waters surrounding Florida Keys, FL 33040
+1 305-809-4750
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Ranked #103 of 147 Attractions in Florida Keys
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
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Owner description: 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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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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224 reviews 224 reviews
74 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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124 reviews 124 reviews
74 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
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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135 reviews 135 reviews
59 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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