Summer in the Islands

Karen Moore- Island Jane Magazine
Karen enjoying shallow water fishing in The Lower Keys. Photo courtesy of her husband Capt. Clint Moore @

As summer moves in, you can feel the energy shift. The wind dies down, the temperatures heat up, and that means it is an ideal time to be in, on, and around the water. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys archipelago is a water lover’s paradise–not to mention, the ocean has a way of resetting one’s heart and soul.

The shorelines, islands, and waters are filled with opportunities to explore and take in nature. Whether by boat, from a paddleboard, or kayak, the key is to get off the rock when you can. If you don’t have access to get out on your own, friends and neighbors are great options. There are also many talented charter and rental companies that can help you get your feet wet. For the more adventurous, snorkeling, diving, and fishing can be at its best.

On any one day, you may encounter a variety of tropical life, scents, and sounds.

By sea…  Fish, dolphin, and turtles fill the near-shore waters while wading birds, herons, and egrets occupy the mangroves and wetlands.

By land…  Cardinals, blackbirds, and woodpeckers are busy singing their songs, as flowering Joewood, frangipani, and jasmine come alive, infusing the air with intoxicating scents.

By air…  Summer is our rainy season. The pretty rain clouds are a welcome sight on a hot humid day. They roll in, bringing us refreshing showers to cool us down, and take care of our plants and trees. Then, off they go, just as quickly as they came.

All the best comes together in the summer–it’s my favorite season. This summer, you’ll likely find me exploring the shallow waters of the backcountry on my paddleboard, working on my fishing skills, or simply relaxing on a sand bar!

If you stop by, don’t forget to say “Hi!” …


Karen finds joy in spreading positive energy, inspiring others, teaching about natural health & healing, and sharing her island life experiences. She’s the owner and jewelry designer behind ZEN by Karen Moore.


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