When vacationing in Key Largo, you have to get a glimpse of the beautiful living coral reefs and majestic sea life. There’s no better way to see the thousands of colorful fish and coral up-close than a shallow snorkel in the amazing waters of Key Largo.
There are dozens of local Key Largo businesses that offer shallow snorkeling. One popular place to check out on your next Florida Keys vacation is John Pennekamp Coral Reel State Park. They offer access to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, a special place that has spectacular and unique resources like coral reefs, shipwrecks, sea grass beds, and more.
While most shipwrecks are located in deeper waters, Key Largo snorkeling still allows you a glimpse at some of the most beautiful tropical waters in the US. One iconic snorkel site off of Key Largo includes the Statue of Christ of the Abyss. This can easily be seen by snorkelers, as the surface of the statue rises very close to the top of the water. This famed bronze statue, a copy of “Il Cristo Degli Abssi” is nestled between the coral formations of the Key Largo Dry Rocks reef. It’s 8 ½ feet long and weighs nearly 4,000 pounds!
The great thing about snorkeling in Key Largo, is that the weather is perfect year round! Though winter (December – February) months are sometimes choppy and windy, visibility is mostly good, with water temperatures between 69-76 F.
First time snorkeling? Don’t rent the cheapest equipment. Poor equipment will contribute to a bad time. Practice with your gear first. Choose your first snorkeling destination carefully. Once in the water, appreciate the beauty and be careful not to touch/damage coral and sea life.
Dove Creek Lodge, located just down the road from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, provides oceanfront hotel accommodations and sits just seconds from the most pristine waters in Key Largo, Florida. Contact us today to reserve your room and we can provide you with a list of top-rated snorkeling instructors and services to make your snorkeling vacation in the Florida Keys one to remember.