SEE THE REAL BEAUTY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS
There is something magical, if not mysterious about this island chain peeking just above sea level. We invite you to join us on what we call an “eco-tour” to learn more about how our island chain came to exist and to learn more about what lies above and below the glitter and glisten of our local waters.
Learn about the mangroves, sea grass, and corals. Why should we care about the knotty tangle of the mangroves that line our coast and comprise the islands in the Florida Bay? What is the importance of the abundant and fragile sea grass that carpet the Bay and near shore ocean floor? And what about the coral? What makes it grow? What makes it colorful? The conversation is endless!
Add in Some Playtime Too
We won’t let this trip be all work and no play. We can visit Indian Key for a step back in time to discover a modern day pirate and Indian story with ruins to prove the tales. This island is a great example of what the Keys might be like if they had never been populated. The island hosts a jungle of native and invasive species that combine to create an intriguing perspective of our local area.
Let’s sight see. As we wind our way through the skinny water of the Florida Bay, keep an eye out for the pink flash of the roseate spoonbill or look for a collection of the dainty white ibis that sport a comical coral beak. And for more wildlife diversity, we can head back in to the Everglades National Park, where you might see crocs, alligators, and bald eagles!
This trip can be easy and dry or drop a line, go for a swim, or put on a mask and snorkel.
ENDLESS EXPLORATION IN THE EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
Let us show you our favorite parts of the Everglades. Most people don’t realize that the southern third of the Park is comprised of wide-open Florida Bay, a coastline of endless mangrove forests and deserted sandy beach.
Flamingo, the southern most outpost of the Everglades National Park
A trip to the southernmost outpost of the Everglades is a trip to the Flamingo area. This journey is an excellent introduction to the Everglades National Park. As you cruise through the skinny channels that snake through the flats you may begin to understand the true nature and fragility of our Florida Bay. You will see abundant wildlife: white pelicans, roseate spoonbills, flamingos, alligators, dolphins, and possibly bald eagles!
Join us to explore this enchanted wonderland. We will take our time on the way over to discover nature or to drop a line in the water for some fishing. Throughout these trips you will likely see extraordinary scenery and wildlife unique to the Everglades ecosystem.
Make Some Time for a visit to Cape Sable
If you can extend your day, we can also visit Cape Sable. This pristine beach edges the southwest coast of the Florida Everglades. Since it is only accessible by boat you will feel as if you are truly in the middle of nowhere! There is something about the bird’s song, the fish jumping and the lapping of the waves here that dramatize the immense silence of the surroundings.
Cape Sable is perfect for shelling since this is where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Florida Bay. You will find periwinkles, whelks, razor clams, and conch littering the beach. The shells are especially abundant after stormy weather.