As the only bank-barrier reef in the continental U.S. and a world-class natural wonderland waiting to be discovered, Florida’s Coral Reef draws millions of visitors annually.
From the St. Lucie Inlet all the way down to the Dry Tortugas, Florida’s Coral Reef attracts visitors from around the world and supports Florida’s tourism industry. This industry is vital to the communities that border the reef by providing a source of income for local restaurants, lodging and tour operations.
In a typical year, the total tourism value of Florida’s Coral Reef is more than $6 billion.
Although marine recreational tourism can pose challenges to the protection of Florida’s Coral Reef, it also provides opportunity for increased support, awareness and resources for conservation.
Visitors who come to South Florida and the Florida Keys to enjoy and explore Florida’s Coral Reef responsibly and respectfully can be part of the solution by supporting awareness, support and critical funding for the conservation and restoration of this important natural resource.