When you are “on the water” in the Keys with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts Villas & Marinas

KeysCaribbean- The place to stay in the Keys…

 

The Upper Keys:

In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn

 

 

Paddleboards

Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equipment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)?

Click here to learn more about safety equipment for paddleboards.

 

 

The Middle Keys:

In the Middle Keys,  KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon

 

 

Blue Star Program

Recreational divers and snorkelers can use a Blue Star-recognized dive operator/charter, a designation that ensures the operator is dedicated to coral reef education and actively involved with conservation-related activities.

Blue Star operators also promote responsible tourism and teach divers and snorkelers in-water etiquette, including practicing good buoyancy, taking care in placement of hands and fins and avoiding touching or standing on coral. Blue Star—rated operator vessels display a decal with the Blue Star logo and current calendar year.

The Lower Keys:

In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals

 

Reef Etiquette

There are things you can do in and on the water to minimize impact to the reef while enjoying its beauty. Here are seven tips:

1.   Don’t stand or rest on coralif you need to adjust your gear, float on your back or in a seated postion. If you need to stand, return to your boat.

2.   Maintain buoyancystreamline gear, and use proper dive posture, with feet elevated slightly above the head.

3.   Secure all equipmentmake sure it does not come in contact with the reef. Avoid wearing gloves in coral reef environments.

4.   Keep your distancemaintain a comfortable distance, and avoid very shallow areas, especially at entry and exit points.

5.   Leave marine life alonedo not touch, handle, feed or ride marine life. You are in their home.

6.   Keep the reef at the reefanimals or corals from the reef are not souvenirs

7.   Look but don’t toucheven a minor brush with a hand or stray fin can smother coral animals

 

These are some of my favorite experiences this week in the Florida Keys. If you’re coming down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share your favorite experiences with us in the comments section of our blog…

 

Visit our blog next Thursday with updated experiences in the Florida Keys…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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