A Florida Keys Vacation Means A Green Vacation
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 environmental stewardship and the future of the island chain.
Featured stories that spotlight an environmentally
focused attraction, event, person or place that
enriches the Florida Keys.
The mission of the Monroe County (Florida Keys) Tourist Development Council is to set an overall direction for the Florida Keys tourism marketing effort in a manner that will assure long-term sustained growth in tourism revenues while also guaranteeing the sustainability and improvement of our product, including both our man-made and natural resources, and improvements to the quality of life of our residents.
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
THE ISLANDS OF ‘BLUE’
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Monroe County Florida Keys Tourist Development Council were recognized by Islands Magazine (Dec. ’07) as one of 100 leaders in responsible tourism — ensuring island destinations remain environmentally and culturally sound for future generations. These 100 people, places and things that made the publication’s Blue List are the very best of the worlds of islands responsible tourism. They are role models that are working, and they are role models that should be followed.
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
ENJOY A GREEN VACATION
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals
Carpooling makes incredible sense with regard to fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less traffic and less pollution, and remains highly recommended for residents and commuters. Key West, in particular, is largely a pedestrian city as recreational areas of Old Town is easily reached by walking. Bicycling is woven into the Keys culture, which flourishes with several bicycle rental companies throughout all of the islands.
Yet other modes of transportation to and within the islands of the Florida Keys include these environmentally friendly driving alternatives that either use bio-diesel fuels or eliminate driving and emissions altogether:
Ferry Service, Bus, Shuttle, Inter-island transportation; Key West Park & Ride allows visitors to park their car and get free public transportation around Key West, and both Electric Cars and Pedi-cabs are available for hire in Key West and along famous Duval Street.
Five Sixes Taxi recently debuted 10 environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles as the first step in converting its entire fleet. Five Sixes is the first taxi company in Florida to roll out hybrids. The cab company’s officials project that the new fuel-efficient vehicles will get about 38 miles per gallon in the city, compared to their previous vehicles’ 12 to 13 miles per gallon, reducing their emissions factor by 80 percent. Future plans include replacing its other 13 sedans with hybrids, and replace its 23 seven-passenger Maxi Taxis when a suitable hybrid van becomes available.
Rental car companies available at both mainland and Florida Keys airports offer within a certain class of vehicles the US EPA Certified Smartway® distinction, meaning those cars are scored favorably in both air pollution and greenhouse gas categories. Vehicles that receive the Smartway® designation are very good environmental performers relative to other vehicles. When making reservations for rental cars, inquire about their availability of these cars or if their customers have the opportunity to participate in an optional carbon offset program, helping fund projects that work to remove harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Hybrid rental cars are available for rent at Florida’s major mainland airports for visitors that wish to fly into a mainland airport and drive down to their Keys vacation.
|Appearing in Key West Friday, May 15, 2009, the solar car pictured at right is the brainchild of inventor and creator Marcelo da Luz, a Brazilian Canadian who set a world record for distance in the car, powered purely by the sun, and never plugged in. Marcelo has traveled over 14,000 miles from Buffalo, NY, past the Arctic Circle, into Alaska, then back down through Canada, the western and southern United States, ending at mile marker zero in Key West. For more information about his epic tour, click here.|
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…