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Lower Florida Keys Tours

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MARATHON

Internationally renowned by its Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon is the heart of the Florida Keys, situated just in the middle between Key Largo and Key West. Florida Keys tour adventure starts here at the home of the annual Seven Mile Bridge run, attracting visitors from around the world. The Bahia Honda Bridge is another must-visit site when touring around this Key. The city of Marathon offers great tour opportunities including fishing in aquamarine waters under the tropical sun that invites you to relax at the beach. Hall’s Dive Center & Career Institute is a place where you can join a guided tour, snorkel, and dive at Sombrero Reef, Looe Key, Coffins Patch, Contene Key, and Delta Shoal, spending nearly one hour visiting each site. Tours are scheduled in the morning and you can call for further details at (305) 743-5929.

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The Museums and Nature Center of Crane Point Hammock is the right spot for cultural tours. Visit the Florida Keys Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the restored house of George Adderly and enjoy a natural trail that encompasses all these museums. For further information, call (305) 743-9100. The Turtle Hospital, founded in 1986, is an encounter with nature, which has environmental values. Guided Educational Tours, provided to visitors with previous reservation by calling (305) 743-6509. Another interesting eco-tour takes you to the Dolphin Research Center, where you will learn more about these extraordinary mammals and Sea Lions living in the same habitat. For reservations, call (305) 289-0002

Some other tour operators in this region include:

  • Adventure Watersports Rentals, phone (305) 289-0715
  • Conch Air, phone (305) 395-1117
  • Marathon Kayak Resource, phone (305) 743-0561
  • One Travel Source Com, Inc, phone (305) 743-7430
  • Wheels 2 Go, phone (305) 289-4279
  • WindRider Sailing, phone (305) 743-3017

BIG PINE KEY

Big Pine Key is the entrance door to the Florida Lower Keys, an area with numerous Florida Keys tours, eco-tours and maritime tours operating seven days a week. Enjoy a colorful drive through scenery with plenty of papayas, mangos, tamarinds, avocados, limes, sapodillas, and other fruit growing trees around the island, where mangrove trees predominate. Tropical vegetation invites you to self-guided tours through hiking trails. Guided tours are also available from many travel agents and professional guides operating in this zone. Bahia Honda State Park offers snorkel tours to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, as well as recreational activities and tour discounts. Call (305) 872-3210 for further information and schedules. Reflections Nature Tours provide you with kayaks to explore Big Pine Key or any other place between Sunshine and Cudjoe Keys. Rental and tour information is available by calling (305) 872-4668 No visit to Big Pine Key is complete if a tour to the National Key Deer Refuge is omitted. This natural habitat of the endangered Key deer and subspecies of white-tailed deer is open to the public, but there are some provisions that you must observe while touring. For more information, call (305) 872-2239

Some other tour operators in this region include:

  • Accommodations Key West/Big Pine Key, phone (305) 872-3052
  • Big Pine Kayak Adventures, Inc., phone (305) 872-7474
  • Fantasy Dan’s Airplane Rides, phone (305) 745-2217
  • Lower Keys Kayaking Tours, phone (305) 744-0263
  • Pine Pine Key Eco Tours and Kayak Rentals, phone (305) 872-4668
  • Reflections Nature Tours, phone: (305) 872-4668

KEY WEST

Touring around Key West is not an easy task… there are so many thing to do and see, that you need to visit the place more than once. Key West’s sampling of Florida Keys tours includes Eco-tours, air tours, sailboat tours, educational tours and many more are inviting adventures to discover the many faces of a vibrant city where fun and festivity are just around the corner. Bicycling and mopeding tours are available at numerous locations within the city, some sponsored by the Key West Tour Association. Parrotheads on Parade is a 90-minutes fun walking tour through Jimmy Buffet’s music career and Key West living since the 1970s, operated by Parrotheads to Parrotheads, or in other words, from fans to fans. Call for more information at (305) 292-2040. Sharon Wells provides you with cultural tours to enjoy literature and architecture of the city, however you can also engage in Gay and Lesbian tours to approach the other face of Key West, where these communities are respected and recognized as an integral part of the city. Further information is available by calling (305) 284-8380. Take the tour to the “Cigar Alley” is finding yourself with Ernest Hemingway and other famous smokers of Cuban cigars. This area is also known as the Pirate’s Alley, encompassing the Conch Republic Cigar Factory, and numerous “viejitos” (little old men) narrating stories of this alley. For information, call (305) 295-9036.

Some other tour operators in this region include:

  • Catamaran Echo-Wild Dolphin Encounter and Shipwreck, phone (305) 292-5044
  • Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip Aboard the Sunny Days, phone (305) 296-5556
  • Fury Water Adventures, phone (305) 294-8899
  • Island Concierge, phone (305) 296-0041
  • SeaPlanes of Key West, phone (305) 294-0709
  • Visitor Fun Pack, 1201 White Street Suite 3

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