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Key West Eco-Tourism

Key West offers several options for environmentally-conscious travelers- from certified green lodging to kayaking and ecotours.

Mangroves

 

According to the International Ecotourism Society, ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." (TIES, 1990)

Blue Planet Kayak Tours

Photo courtesy of Blue Planet Kayak Tours


Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.

  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.

  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.

  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.

  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.

  • Raise sensitivity to host countries' political, environmental, and social climate.

sea turtle

Photo from Atlantis House