Visitors from around the world are drawn to the Florida Keys to experience the island chain's priceless natural resources, and the therapy they provide the mind, body and soul. The Keys have celebrated a heritage of
conservation and protection of these resources for more than 100 years, demonstrating the region's commitment to responsible tourism,
environmental stewardship and the future of the island chain.
Florida Keys Accommodations
Several Florida Keys properties are part of the Florida Green Lodging Program, which established environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources by
implementing water-saving measures, executing energy-saving techniques, helping reduce solid waste and taking steps to
prevent pollution. Resorts, hotels and B&B’s not only save water, foster energy efficiency and reduce operating costs, but educate Keys residents and visitors how they can protect South Florida water resources in simple ways.
The Florida Keys offer an appealing variety of public parks and environmentally oriented eco-attractions, whether swimming side by side with a dolphin, walking among thousands of butterflies, navigating through tropical forests and botanical gardens or visiting a conservation area to observe the unique protected animal species in their
natural habitat. Parks and recreation sites as well as
conservation and preservation museums are abundant in the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West.
Known for having the most world records in sport fishing, the Florida Keys have practiced a catch-and-release ethic for decades, pioneered by Keys guides. Commercial fishing, in fact, is the second-largest industry in the Keys. Fresh catches that grace a restaurant table at night were probably unloaded at the docks that morning, and fish and seafood headline nearly every restaurant menu. Seafood markets are brimming with sustainable choices such as stone crab claws, the clawless spiny lobster, Key West pink shrimp and fish caught in local waters, such as mahi-mahi, grouper and snapper. Eating locally is one of the best ways to support a community — shopping at local, organic, artisanal stores and seafood markets, and dining at area restaurants that prepare dishes with locally sourced ingredients. And, it's fun to celebrate by finding foods in a new place that you cannot get at home!