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It's hard to beat the Florida Keys for good weather year round. It's one of the reasons we live here, and one of the reasons so many come to visit. That said, certain times of year are better than others for certain activities. If you have something specific in mind for your trip please contact us by either email or telephone to discuss it. Here are some general suggestions for your best time to visit . . .


live in the Keys year-round and range from the Miami skyline to the Marquesas west of Key West. They can be found on the flats when water temperatures are above 72 degrees Farenheit and below 90. Sometimes scarce during the spawn--a conditional thing (tide, moon, water temp) and hard to predict--and after cold fronts.


South Florida is the destination of many migratory species. Warblers and perching birds pass through on their spring and fall migrations. Florida Bay and the Everglades is the destination for many species of wading and shore birds. In winter months, it is not uncommon to see more than 10 different species of wading birds feeding on exposed mud flats.


are a residential fish with a population that live in the Keys all year long. Migratory tarpon can show up as early as late February or as late as May depending on weather conditions and water temperatures. While some believe you can only fish for the Silver King from April through June, there is much less pressure through the summer and fall when some of the best tarpon fishing can take place.


In addition to the migratory birds you see in the Keys, many birds call this area home. Herons, egrets, ospreys, eagles, several species of warblers, and Mangrove Cuckoos inhabit the mangrove islands and hardwood hammocks. If you are searching for a specific bird to check-off on your lifelist, please call to discuss the best time to complete your quest.


inhabit wrecks and reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic year-round. Sight-fishing on the flats for permit is best when water temperatures are above 75 degrees Farenheit. The best months for finding permit on the flats are February-April, and June through October.

  There are many opportunities to experience Florida Bay & the Southern Everglades using hand-propelled craft. The Everglades National Park has areas designated as "No Motor Zones" that not only are inhabited by American Crocs, but are wonderful places to sight fish, bird watch, or just enjoy the solitude of the outdoors. Trips can be customized to suit your individual preferences.
are a staple of backcountry fishing and can be found in channels using bait all year. Sight fishing for snook on the flats either using a fly rod or artificial lures is best when water temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees Farenheit. Redfish are not as temperature sensitive and will remain on the flats even when water tempetures exceed 85 degrees Farenheit.   Most would agree that South Florida and the Florida Keys offer the photographer unique opportunities to capture their natural beauty. There is a different kind of light that is spectacular on its own, but when combined with a summer thunderstorm over mainland Florida can produce truly amazing results. If you are looking to shoot wildlife, fish, flowers, mangroves or tropical scenery this will be one of your favorite destinations.

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