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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Address: Waters Surrounding the Florida Keys, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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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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Florida Keys Eco, Paddle and Snorkel Tour
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Private Sail with Reef Eco Exploration

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The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is actually a 2,800 square nautical mile area surrounding the Florida Keys and reaching in to the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 August 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is actually a 2,800 square nautical mile area surrounding the Florida Keys and reaching in to the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay. It was established as a sanctuary in 1990. It includes the Florida Reef which is the only coral reef in North America and is the 3rd largest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little gem by accident. Once inside we absolutely had a 'whale' of a time! The staff engaged with my children giving them activities to do. There were education films to watch, things to read, things to do and loads to learn. The staff were very helpful with questions and answered well. A lovely way to learn... More 

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 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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