Midway between Coxen Hole and West End, SANDY BAY is an unassuming community with a number of attractions. The Institute for Marine Sciences (anthonyskey.com), based at Antony’s Key Resort, has exhibitions on the marine life and geology of the islands and a museum with useful information on local history and archeology. There are also bottlenose dolphin shows, or you can enjoy “encounters” in waist-deep water. Across the road, several short nature trails weave through the jungle at the Carambola Botanical Gardens (carambolagardens.com), a riot of beautiful flowers, lush ferns and tropical trees. A thirty-minute hike to the summit of Carambola Mountain gives a view of the coral in the ocean beyond.

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