Where are the beaches? The Florida Keys were actually a living
coral reef about ten thousand years ago. The current reef
a few miles offshore protects much of the shoreline from tidal
action which would break sown the coral into sand.
The Florida Keys are made of coral and our beaches are not
what most people envision 'Tropical Island' beaches
to be. The Keys are sallow and surrounded by a living reef
system with the Atlantic Ocean to our east, and the Gulf of
Mexico on our west. This reef system creates a large lagoon
that contains the entire Florida Keys. To most peoples'
surprise we have no waves. Without waves there is no sand
which is good for the reefs because sand and reefs don't mix.
Because Keys' beaches are made up of crushed coral with various
sizes of coral rock and some sand mixed in they need to be
fortified with sand that is brought in from elsewhere. If
you plan on spending a lot of time on the beaches you may
wish to buy a pair of beach shoes or flip-flops which will
make your beach experience a lot more enjoyable.