Facilities and Vessels

A wide angle view of a dock with many boats
The sanctuary's Key West headquarters enjoys ample dock space at the Truman Waterfront, once a base for the U.S. Navy. Photo: Scott Atwell/NOAA

Lower Keys

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary operates from locations in the Upper and Lower Keys. The Key West office is staged along the waterfront of Truman Annex, adjacent to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, where an array of vessels is maintained, including a buoy tender named R/V Leatherback. The lower Keys buoy team also launches from a dock at Bahia Honda State Park.

Key West Office
Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex
33 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 809-4700
Fax: (305) 293-5011

Eco-Discovery Center
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (305) 809-4750

A rainbow falls on a white and blue-colored building with an American flag out front
The Dr. Nancy Foster complex is home to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and the Key West headquarters for Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Atwell/NOAA

Upper Keys

An upper Keys office is located at Mile Marker 95 on the south-bound side of U.S. Highway 1 in Key Largo, Florida. This two-story building is set on a corner lot and features extensive workspace for the maintenance of sanctuary vessels. The buoy tender R/V Hawksbill is docked on the ocean side of U.S. Highway 1, not far from the upper Keys office.

Key Largo Office
95230 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 809-4700
Fax: (305) 853-0877

A white and blue building with cars parked out front.
You can't miss the upper Keys facility, located on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo. Photo: NOAA
A white boat at a dock
The R/V Hawksbill in port. Photo: NOAA