Places to visit in Tavernier

Top Things to Do in Tavernier, FL

Places to Visit in Tavernier

Top Attractions in Tavernier

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  • GLJoe3
    Grand Rapids, MI7 contributions
    You don't need to be a bird lover to appreciate this hidden gem, just south of Key Largo. A great combination of education and natural settings make this a great stop any day, but in particular a good alternative on those days when Mother Nature makes diving, fishing, or other sightseeing a challenge. Kid friendly, and an easy board walk through native Keys flora amid great, natural bird habitat displays.

    Parking is or can be a significant challenge, which is the only reason I gave this a 4 rather than a 5. I suspect it may be a funding issue, and I would encourage visitors to make a generous donation while there, to keep this unique and much needed effort
    afloat, and thriving.
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Pat Bonner Milone
    10 contributions
    Beautiful selection of water colors, paintings, ceramic art, pottery, metal.and wood sculpture, jewelry and note-cards ... and they offer art classes!
    Written 11 June 2019
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  • lbo_tno
    Portland, OR14 contributions
    We did not swim on our first visit mid-week and when we went back to do same on weekend day, the admission price was very expensive ($50 total) for all in car. So plan a visit mid-week when admission is free - at least this was so in January. Unfortunately, some walk way areas along the water were closed due to construction. However, we spotted some huge iguanas from the fence barrier. There was a very nice, shallow sandy beach area - would have been great to swim there with our grandson if admission price wasn't so steep on the weekend.
    Written 18 January 2022
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  • RobertBurr
    Miami, FL183 contributions
    It's easy to pass by the Old Settler's Park in Tavernier without realizing that this natural space was been preserved as a passive park experience in October, 2014 for those who appreciate a simple reminder of pioneer life in the Florida Keys during the 19th century.

    Look for the two-sided historic marker out by the highway that tells the story.

    Walk along the curved path lined with native trees of this three acre shady property, all well marked with information about each species. Enjoy the well-maintained butterfly garden with native plants. Saunter down to the waterfront where the cool breeze from the Atlantic Ocean offers a pleasant respite from the harried nature of modern life.

    Relax for a picnic in in the large covered Albury Pavilion, named after the family that settled the land many years ago. Robert Albury and Patience Albury, along with their five children, received a land grant in 1882.

    The land was purchased by Monroe County in 1994, but it took local residents twenty years to see their tribute to the pioneer settlers finally open to the public.

    As you look around the immediate nwighborhood, notice these subtle remnants of old Tavernier. You're standing in the center of the Tavernier Historic District, the town’s first business area. Nearby you’ll find the Old Tavern Store, which was a drug store and gas station for the town’s earliest motorists, as well as the Tavernier Hotel, once housing the pioneer settlment’s movie theater.

    Signs and a display of historic photos tell the story of this property.

    Text from the historic marker:

    What is today Tavernier was originally inhabited by the Calusa and Tequesta Native Americans. The Tequesta occupied the area around Biscayne Bay, while the Calusa inhabited Southwest Florida. In 1513, the Florida Keys were discovered and mapped by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon who named the islands Los Martires ("The Martyrs"), as they looked like suffering men from a distance. During Florida's First Spanish Period, the Keys remained isolated from imperial administration, as Spain focused its colonial efforts in Central and South America. In 1774, British cartographer Bernard Romans created a detailed map of the Keys, including Tavernier, which he mapped as Key Tabona. The Tavernier vicinity offered a favorable anchorage for Bahamian fisherman and wreckers due to its location near the hazardous Carysfort Reef. All of Tavernier's earliest settlers originated in the Bahamas. No settlement occurred in Tavernier during Florida's Territorial Period, although Key West began to grow as sponging, turtling, and wrecking became prominent in the economy of the Lower Keys.

    The Tavernier community began in the late 1800s on the oceanfront at Planter, located northeast of the present town center. This small settlement grew up around the Samuel Johnson farm, and a post office was established here in 1891. Surrounded by water, the community used both land and sea resources, and was served by sailing vessels such as the 'Island Home' which was once captained by Samuel Williams. Products and passengers were carried from here to and from ports on the mainland to Key West. By 1895, the remainder of oceanfront Tavernier had been homesteaded by founders Robert Albury and Amos Lowe. Hurricanes, a pineapple blight, and new development around the F.E.C. Railroad contributed to the decline of Planter. Planter's post office closed in 1910, and a Tavernier post office opened near the railroad depot in 1911. In 1928, Hubert S. "Mac" McKenzie moved to Tavernier. He began a gradual development of commercial enterprises in the town providing services, supplies, and employment. Many of those businesses and descendents of of Tavernier's founding families still remain in the town. Much of Tavernier's center has been designated a historic district by Monroe County to help preserve it.
    Written 9 July 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Kim7even
    Bonita Springs, FL5 contributions
    We went on the sandbar tour! Hannah and Sarah were awesome! I would highly recommend them! I just wish it was a little longer. Will be back again!
    Written 26 May 2022
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  • William J
    2 contributions
    My wife and I had a fantastic day sight fishing for bonefish with Capt. Barry. He worked hard to put us on fish and was very patient when we blew a cast. Catching my first ever bonefish was a real adrenaline rush. It was a fun day and a great learning experience. Capt. Barry’s laid back approach made us very comfortable making for a very enjoyable experience. We highly recommend Barry as a guide and would definitely use him again.
    Written 16 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Lyn S
    4 contributions
    My wife and I had been on a wave runner excursion before when we were in Tahiti and absolutely loved the ride out on the ocean, so we decided to try it while in the Keys. JSK was a smaller outfit and felt a little more personal with more attention. Everything was explained clearly and Priscilla seemed equally interested in safety as well as enjoyment. Sadly our snorkeling was cancelled due to higher wind and surf, but we're not familiar with the area so we were happy to let them make the decision. On the bright side, Priscilla made up for the missed snorkeling by keeping us out longer than usual. We were out for almost 3 full hours. She took us to see everything, including a short anchor on the sandbar, a tour through Pirate-Toilet channel and several mangrove nooks and crannies. It was a blast! There was plenty of time to run the wave runner wide open, or just chill over the crystal clear water and check out what was going on below you, or simply just enjoy the breeze and the rolling motion of the waves. Would definitely recommend the trip to others, we had a fantastic time!
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Theresa D
    3 contributions
    Our party of four took two tandem kayaks out with Suzanne for a two hour paddle. She was great company and shared her knowledge of flora and fauna in the mangroves. It was great fun!
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • lovesthesun73
    Royal Oak53 contributions
    This was an amazing adventure! Everyone in our group loved it. The captain and crew were so kind and patient. We have 11 in our group and had a few that were not sure they were going into the water, but they crew encouraged them to try it. The two different locations were nice to see different things in the water. We were very lucky to have a beautiful day. Make sure to bring snacks and water for the trip because you're out for many hours. This is the best value for the experience.
    Written 26 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Patrick M
    Atlanta, GA14 contributions
    I have been scuba diving for 48 years, am a dive instructor, teach diving at a large university and independently, and I privately run diving & sailing excursions for students and certified divers. So, I know a little bit about dive businesses. I could not be happier with the experience we had with Conch Republic yesterday. Our group of 26 divers got stranded in the Keys for a spring break trip, during poor weather (high winds and choppy seas). We had daily dives scheduled with another dive operation in the area; let's call them "Big Shop." We got to do exactly two (2) dives with them and then they canceled on us daily, commonly at the last minute, reportedly due to weather (which was somewhat debatable), giving us no options and absolutely no customer service. That was a bad experience. We were having to certify students in a lagoon and drove them 5 hours roundtrip to dive them in West Palm Beach. It was a dive trip catastrophe. Then, we contacted Conch Republic. Groan. Why didn't we do that sooner? They saved our trip. We at least got to get most of our group into the water for a few dives. The whole experience with them was fantastic, from the diving itself to the customer service overall. Very, very nice and real people. I won't be diving with "Big Shop" anymore. I will be diving with Conch Republic again, hopefully often, and I highly recommend their services.
    Written 25 March 2022
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  • Karen
    Plainfield, IN3 contributions
    My family has been diving the keys for years - first time diving with Florida Key Dive Center and it is by far the best experience we have had! Staff goes above and beyond to make sure your needs are met and you feel comfortable - from staff inside to the crew on the boat - you will not be disappointed. Staff are fun, informative and know/respect the reef. They take care of Everything- just show up and enjoy the Dives. Shout out to Faith, Nat, Ann and scuba Joe and of course the Fabulous Captains. We did a night dive with their sister outfit the Islamorada Dive Center and same wonderful experience. We have found our new yearly adventure home.
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • spetturz
    9 contributions
    My family and I have had a home in Tavernier for seven years. When we have visitors we often times will book a tour boat for either fishing, sunsets, or just bop around the ocean. This was by far the best tour boat we have ever experienced! Captain Greg gave us all sorts of information about the area that even I as a resident did not know! He kept it very interesting and our whole group was captivated by all of the information and stories that Captain Greg had. It was fun to look around in areas that we had not yet experienced, and some of our group was able to snorkel and see lots of cool stuff. One of our party has never been snorkeling and had the time of her life! My friend and I were able to just float around in a comfortable secluded area and captain Greg would help keep us refreshed on our beverages. :-) I would highly recommend anyone who wants to experience the Florida Keys at its finest to book a tour with captain Greg! We most certainly will be doing so many times in the future! So grateful for such a great day!
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Richard W
    24 contributions
    I have fished on the Good Karma Sportfishing charter several times. Every trip has been a great fishing experience. His customer service is top notch. Always courteous and professional. Captain Ryan caters to all different level fishing experience. So if you have kids or spouse that are beginner that is not a problem. I always enjoy fishing with Captain Ryan. The hunt of finding fish and when the hard work pays off it is so rewarding. Captain Ryan has my business.
    Written 4 January 2022
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  • hal c
    3 contributions
    My son and I spent a March day back-country fishing with Captain Dave and had a fantastic experience. It was a tougher day with some wind and murky conditions but he got us on fish all day. 14 snook, most over 30", several seatrout, and a big redfish with shots at more. He really knew the water/tides and where fish would be - super helpful with my 13 yr old who is just learning backcountry fishing. Great guy and a great coach for those of us that don't get to do this all the time. Skiff fishing with Cap Dave was really enjoyable and his prices are really fair and reasonable. If you want a quality guide and a good shot at a backcountry slam, Captain Dave is the man. Will definitely be fishing with him again.
    Written 27 March 2022
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  • Paul Z
    2 contributions
    The hybrid bikes were in excellent condition. Mark helped us get them fitted correctly. In addition to having the bikes for a full week, we also did a "Bike and Beer" tour of Islamorada. It was fun and interesting.
    Written 8 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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