Florida Keys Officials Urge Visitors to Wear Masks and Follow Health Directives

FLORIDA KEYS — Florida Keys officials and businesses remind visitors that carrying and wearing facial coverings and practicing social distancing continue for the island chain to protect against the spread of coronavirus, despite the easing of some statewide restrictions.

“We ask our visitors to continue protective measures such as wearing facial coverings, social distancing when they are close to others and frequent hand-washing,” said Stacey Mitchell, director of the Florida Keys tourism council. “The beauty of the Keys is that … Read the rest

New Offerings Mean a Relaxing, Fun-Filled Autumn in the Florida Keys & Key West

FLORIDA KEYS — This fall, new offerings greet visitors traveling to the Florida Keys & Key West, with 125 miles of places with wide-open spaces stretching over scenic islands and vistas of turquoise sea and sky.

The Keys continue to evolve with new and upgraded resorts offering an increase in villas, suites and cottage accommodations providing space for social distancing among families and small groups.

Florida Keys tourism officials urge visitors to take personal health responsibility and embrace protective measures … Read the rest

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West: Welcome Back and Bring a Mask

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West reopened to visitors June 1, with officials urging everyone to take personal health actions to protect against the spread of COVID-19. A Keyswide county ordinance requires that facial coverings must be worn by visitors and residents while in business establishments and other public settings where there is a roof overhead.

The ordinance permits restaurant and bar patrons to remove their masks while seated and eating or drinking. It is not mandated to … Read the rest

Florida Keys Officials Reopen Island Chain to Visitors

*Note to editors: A collection of nine spot images depicting reopening in the Upper Keys Monday can be downloaded at: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/zBhgbrk0z2. Included is a drone aerial of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway and other images.


ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — The Florida Keys reopened to visitors Monday, June 1, after being closed to nonresidents since March 22 to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 during the global pandemic.

Reopening measures included the removal of health checkpoints on two roads into … Read the rest

Contest Prize Is a Fishing Vacation to Northernmost and Southernmost Points in the U.S.

FLORIDA KEYS – Anglers can enter to win a two-destination vacation to fish freshwater and saltwater species in the “Northernmost to Southernmost Fishing Trip Giveaway” that spotlights recreational angling in Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, and the Florida Keys.

The giveaway launched Wednesday as part of a monthlong social media program showcasing the two destinations, which feature iconic “twin buoys” designating the northernmost and southernmost points in the continental United States.

Both locales are characterized by islands, world-class fishing and … Read the rest

Key West International Airport Upgrades Facilities, Gets More Flights

KEY WEST, Fla. — Key West International Airport, serving visitors traveling into the Florida Keys from 13 U.S. cities, is implementing $28 million in upgrades and adding more departure seats.

Renovations include creating a new family restroom and pet relief station, upgrades to existing restrooms, increasing U.S. Customs and Border Protection space and modernizing baggage conveyors.

Airport upgrades also include a runway length and taxiway extension to 5,075 feet long, an overflow aircraft parking ramp, reconfiguration of the fuel truck … Read the rest

Sustainable Offerings, Added Flights and Renovated Resorts Among What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Winter 2019-20

FLORIDA KEYS — This winter the Florida Keys continue to spotlight sustainability and responsible tourism as new resorts open, new low-impact tours and experiences are created and a new app is unveiled to promote safe driving and highlight eco-attractions.

Here’s what’s new:

Keys Sustainability

On Big Pine Key the 2-acre fruit farm Grimal Grove, billed as the first breadfruit grove in the continental United States, is scheduled to open Jan. 11 as an agritourism venue, breadfruit research site and … Read the rest

What’s New in the Florida Keys & Key West for Fall 2019

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West, with community efforts to sustain precious natural resources through the Connect & Protect initiative, continue to unveil ways to preserve the Keys’ environment and connect visitors who love the outdoors to the island chain’s unmatched beauty.

Efforts to replant and preserve coral along the Florida Reef Tract are ongoing. In addition, two new eco-stay properties, tucked off the beaten path in the Lower Keys and in the Flamingo region of the … Read the rest

The Florida Keys Embrace Summer with Sustainable Fun, New Activities

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West continue to spotlight the destination’s eco-oriented “Connect & Protect” initiative to encourage awareness of sustainable, memorable activities for visitors.

In addition, notable new offerings include two resorts in the family-oriented Middle Keys and Key West’s intriguing Sails to Rails museum.

Here’s what’s new as the Keys ease into summer:

Keys Tours

In the Lower Keys, new daily interpretive trolley tours of Bahia Honda State Park, offered by Friends of Bahia Honda … Read the rest

New Air Service, Accommodations and Eco-Friendly Activities are What’s New in The Florida Keys & Key West

FLORIDA KEYS — The Florida Keys & Key West continue to unveil new and fully renovated resorts throughout the 125-mile-long island chain. New attractions and initiatives can motivate visitors to connect with and take action to protect the Keys environment, both underwater and on land. On Big Pine Key, the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Nature Center is scheduled to open in coming weeks. Key West’s first electric-powered charter boat, SQUID, operated by Honest Eco Sustainable Nature Tours, offers … Read the rest