Florida Keys Wilderness
The waters surrounding the islands are open for wildlife-dependent activities such as wildlife and wildlands observation and photography, environmental education, and fishing. There are some beaches that are accessible to the public (Boca Grande, Woman Key, Marquesas Keys), but the islands are closed (to protect sensitive plants and wildlife) above mean high tide. Commercial use would require a special use permit.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
Summer daytime temperatures can reach mid 90’s, 90% humidity and daily showers. Boaters should bring wide brimmed hats, sunblock, long sleeved shirts, and long pants for long term exposure to the sun. During the winter season the sun is not as intense, however, it can be windy and small craft warnings are constantly in effect.
Safety and Current Conditions
Bring plenty of fluids and standard boating safety gear, PFD’s signaling mirror, whistle and flares. Water temperatures in the winter are cooler and long term exposure can induce hypothermia