Unplug from the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are an ideal destination for travelers looking to enjoy Caribbean blue waters, beautiful beaches, and time away from passport-free social media and technology this summer.

With plenty of outdoor experiences to enjoy and many different lodging styles to help a traveler “switch off” after long months of working remotely or for those who just want to clean their screen, the Florida Keys is a great option.

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The Keys are also an ideal destination for nature lovers and responsible travelers. Travelers can participate in voluntourism initiatives such as spending an afternoon caring for rehabilitated birds at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, maintaining nature trails for the Florida Keys Wildlife Society, or other memorable experiences.

The destination’s tourism website now includes an entire section on sustainable travel experiences, with recommendations for everything from transportation to accommodations and more. Florida’s Green Lodging program currently identifies eleven “Green Lodges” or certified accommodations in Key West alone.


Ernest Hemingway’s home at 907 Whitehead St in Key West. (Photo by Laurence Norah courtesy of Florida Keys News Bureau)

Between visiting the Keys’ two National Wildlife Refuges and other fun outdoor experiences, they should also make time to visit the area’s literary gems, like Ernest Hemingway’s historic home and the Tennessee Williams Museum, which are sure to inspire them. Who knows? With all the distractions of technology, you might find yourself writing the next greatest novel while on your trip.

Travelers should spend some time detoxing from their screens in the easiest way possible: scuba diving and snorkeling.

The Florida Keys offer incredible opportunities for snorkeling and diving in Florida. Off Key Largo, travelers can immerse themselves in the underwater world of Spiegel Grove, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Spiegel Grove, once a navy landing pier, was sunk twenty years ago to create an artificial reef to support marine life.

It is the third largest vessel to have been intentionally sunk to form an artificial reef and today sits sixty feet under water. Only experienced divers are recommended to dive this wreck, although the Keys also offer those without scuba certification plenty of snorkeling opportunities.

The nation’s first underwater park is Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where divers can find the 9-foot-tall “Christ of the Deep” sculpture. Other great shallow snorkeling areas include Davis Reef, Alligator Reef, French Reef, and Sombrero Reef, which can be found across the islands.

The Florida Keys offers many different types of accommodations, ranging from resorts to vacation rentals to beachfront campsites, offering a wide variety of types for any type of traveler, including campers.


Ocean Key Resort & Spa
PHOTO: View of the pool at Ocean Key Resort & Spa. (photo via Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd.)

For those who want to disconnect without sacrificing modern conveniences or want a more traditional luxury resort experience, Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West is currently offering an “Incommunicado in the Keys” package, available through September 30. , 2022.

Starting at $5,250 for a minimum three-night stay, the package includes accommodations in a boutique suite with ocean views, daily waterfront breakfasts for two, signature daily cocktails on the Sunset Pier, a free dinner at the Hot Tin Roof, a Mojito welcome gift and a charcuterie platter. on arrival and a “LET GO” beach bag amenity kit.

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