When planning a trip to the Florida Keys and hoping to do some Key Largo snorkeling while there, it is important to know some basic facts about what to expect. While you can stay on shore and snorkel at the State Park, the best snorkeling Key Largo has to offer will require scheduling a boat tour. The boat tours can be found in two places on the island: Key Largo and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Below we look at the options in some more detail to get the best out of your Key Largo snorkeling experience.
One of the best ways to snorkel Key Largo is a snorkeler’s only trip from the harbor in Key Largo. While they also offer boat tours that mix snorkelers with divers, the snorkel only trips provide for a much more snorkel focused day and better experience. Chartering a private boat is most often the best option, as they allow for seeing reefs that the bigger boats just can’t reach.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
When planning your Key Largo snorkeling trip, or planning any snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must-see. America’s first undersea park, it is truly a national treasure and provides fun for a whole family and serious snorkelers alike. Setting out to snorkel from the beach, you can access a bay with a seagrass bottom where you will find fish and other ocean animals. About 100 feet from the end of the beach, you will find the remains of a Spanish shipwreck which a cool exploring opportunity.
Sea Gardens & Molasses Reef
The sea gardens are an amazing spectacle as they are some of the healthiest patch of soft corals in the world. The molasses reef, one of the most visited coral reefs in the world, does not disappoint either. Located about six miles off the shore of the Florida Keys, you will want to make sure the weather is complying before heading out to see it. Because of its location and the volatility of the bigger boats travel plans, it is best to schedule a private charter to see both of these sights.
Christ of the Abyss
One of the most popular spots to visit in all of the Keys, is this nine foot tall bronze statue of Jesus Christ located on the ocean floor. It is a bit of a swim down for snorkelers, but definitely a sight to see if you are comfortable at greater depths.