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Eco-tours are an excellent means of exploring the Florida Keys providing travelers with a unique perspective of the islands’ natural beauty and a glimpse at the stunning variety of life that inhabits this subtropical region. Located just off the southern coast, the island chain extends as far as the southernmost point of the continental United States with an array of colorful flora and fauna that are not found elsewhere in the world.

Exploring the Florida Keys during an eco-tour is among the best ways to experience the area. Eco-tours are most often led by locals with expert knowledge who can provide insight into the natural history and ecology of the surrounding area. Many such tours are geared towards specific facets of the Keys’ ecosystem including birdwatching, snorkeling, or kayaking through the mangrove forests.

Our favorite pick for eco-tour types would have to be kayaking through the winding mangrove forest channels. During a tour through the unique ecosystem of the mangroves, you’ll have the opportunity to get a glimpse at the local wildlife such as fish, birds, and possibly manatees. Kayaking tours often offer the chance for you to go snorkeling during your excursion for an even closer look at the colorful array of fish and other marine creatures.

Birdwatching is another top-rated pick for experiencing the Keys on a guided eco-tour. The island chain is home to a large variety of birds, including some rare species. During a birdwatching expedition, you may catch a sight of some of the Florida Keys’ most interesting birds such as the Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Cranes, or the Red-Footed Booby.

In addition to kayaking, snorkeling, and birdwatching, some eco tours in the magnificent Florida Keys also offer visitors the chance to go biking or hiking throughout the island’s natural areas including State and National parks. Such tours are an excellent opportunity to both experience the majestic landscapes of the islands as well as to get in a great workout.

Whatever it is you choose to do, we’re sure you’ll be impressed by the stunning natural beauty of our island home. Eco-tours in the Florida Keys offer an incredible opportunity to explore the natural environment of the surrounding areas. Whether you’d prefer birdwatching, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, or biking, be sure to check out our Activities Guide where you’re sure to find the tour that suits your interests.

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