Tavernier is located immediately south of Key Largo proper. This is a quiet community that is most well known for being the home of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and Harry Harris Park. A short nature trail runs through the Wild Bird Center into a mangrove forest, and a video explains the center’s mission.
Harry Harris Park has a large swimming lagoon, a boat ramp, picnic areas, restrooms and a ballfield.
This park is quite popular – especially on weekends. The Keys, of course, are known as the “diving capital of the world,” and they are almost as popular as a fishing destination. Tavernier is very popular with boaters, as Tavernier Creek provides easy access to both Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Water sports abound in the area, such as swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and more. There is an “Old World” ambience to Tavernier, and visitors enjoy the laid back, serene atmosphere. Its close proximity to Key Largo makes it a premier destination for kayakers, birders and other eco-tourists.
This is a place rich in history and vibrant in beauty and is home to several fine artists who show their work in local galleries around the Keys.