Best Snorkeling Vacations in Florida - Florida Keys

Did you know that Florida is the number one snorkeling and diving destination in North America? With its warm, clear waters and favorable weather conditions most of the year, it has earned this reputation honestly. You can return year after year, exploring unbelievable beauty, for the best snorkeling vacations ever. Even the youngest swimmers in your family will feel right at home with a snorkel, mask, and fins, discovering the delightful and engaging underwater paradise.

Florida is home to the third largest reef system in the world. It runs 192 miles from Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay all the way to Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico. Did I say tortugas? You won't want to miss the turtles, jelly fish, anemones, worms, crabs, rays, and colorful fish that populate this unique spot on the planet.

You'll find one of the best snorkeling and marine adventures in Florida surrounding the Finger Reefs of Looe Key. As you follow the reef system from channel to channel you'll see changes in the marine life. The barrel sponges and enormous sea fans live in the deeper water and as you move to shallower depths, you'll see brain corals and elkhorn coral. Check the weather conditions and go when the waters are calm for the best snorkeling experience possible.

Looe Key offers some very good snorkeling right off shore but, as with the rest of the keys, the best snorkeling will be found a few miles off shore. You'll need a boat to get there. Grove Reef, off Big Pine Key, can only be visited through specially arranged charter boats. You should call ahead for information and reservations, 305-292-0311

Boating in the Florida Keys is a charmed experience. It's so much fun renting your own boat, looking for spots to explore, diving into the buoyant waters and observing the tropical fish, coral and even an occasional shipwreck. The Adolphus Busch, a 210 ft. ship that sank in 1998 is located in the Looe Key Reef. It rests in just 110 feet of crystal clear water, making it a fun discovery for snorkelers and divers alike.

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