The entire destination of The Florida Keys offers a very diverse environment for eco-tourism. Experience the unique and spectacular ecology of the islands with endless Florida Keys attractions. You will view the extraordinary Bird species that inhabit the tropical islands and fish the local waters. Get up close while kayaking through the crystal clear waters that allow up to 60′ of visibility most days. You can see the ocean floor and all of the inhabitants around the only living coral reef in North America. Spend a few hours or the entire day and you will be amazed by the natural beauty of the Florida Keys. Your adventure is about to begin!
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The waters around Key Largo are an ecologically fascinating place where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with the saltwater of Florida Bay. Everglades National Park abuts the near-shore waters of Key Largo to the west providing a home for an array of wildlife including bottle-nosed dolphin, crocodiles, sea turtles, alligators, and manatees.
Near Islamorada at Long Key State Recreation Area await nature trails for wildlife discovery, while Windley Key Quarry Fossil Reef State Geologic Site houses acres of fossilized coral and an environmental center.
While most of the waters around Marathon are open to fishing, some areas have been set aside purely for eco-tourism and fish viewing by divers and snorkelers. Sombrero Reef, one of the most beautiful sections of North America’s only living coral barrier reef, lies several miles offshore and is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Marathon is also home to the Dolphin Research Center and the Turtle Hospital, operated in an effort to preserve two of Florida’s most famous marine creatures.
In the Lower Keys, the National Key Deer Refuge – a large expanse of mostly undeveloped pinelands – protects the diminutive and sometimes elusive Key Deer.