The rest of the country is cooling down and the winter tourists have started trickling back into the islands. Now that we’re been here a while we can easily spot an island newbie from a mile away. So while other parts of the country are marking the arrival of winter by natural occurrences such as frigid, Read More

Irma swept most of the sand from the reefs leaving me worried about my favorite sand dwellers. After 6 hours underwater I finally found a single yellow head jawfish living in a rocky hole on French Reef. Pre-Irma, I could easily find 20 of them in an hour on French so their numbers are, Read More

The Keys are definitely in a catch-22 situation right now. It’s been widely advertised that the Keys are open for business. The economy here needs tourists to survive and recover but you should know what to expect when you get here. I haven’t been down to Key West yet but I can tell you the, Read More

Irma took almost all of the sand that used to surround the reefs with her. So what happened to the critters who make their home in the sand? It’s a great question and one I don’t have an answer to… yet. Let’s take a look at what we’ve been able to find so far.

I couldn’t wait to see the reefs post Irma. A huge shoutout to Ocean Divers and Rainbow Reef for hosting a free dive for locals to take a break from the storm cleanup. That was extremely generous and much appreciated!

A lot of people are asking how they can help the Keys post Irma … the answer is simple….

We’re back in the Keys. We’ve actually been back for a week now but I was too busy with everything here to even think about the blog until now. We left the island for 12 days, first heading to Tampa where the storm followed us then to Virginia to stay with family for a while. When, Read More

Summer in the Keys is freaking hot, especially August. I don’t mind it though, I love the hot steamy weather. That said, the heat and humidity are pretty ridiculous. The WTForecast app seems to agree. It’s been treating me to some great weather updates lately. If you haven’t downloaded it yet you should. I have no, Read More

I feel lucky every time I get to see a manatee. Just last night I came across a group of six on my kayak, what a great way to end the day! I hope you’ll be lucky enough to see them while you’re here in Key Largo. Read on for my top spots to, Read More

We had a great time taking part in the Coral Restoration Foundation’s (CRF) 3rd annual Coralpalooza event last weekend! We participated as volunteer divers working in the coral nurseries and planting coral on the reef. I learned so much!