Why You Should Snorkel in the Florida Keys
If you’re interested in snorkeling, there’s only one thing to do, head to the Florida Keys. Besides having Key Largo, Key West, and all the keys between that we call the Middle Keys, they have the third-longest barrier reef in the world. The reefs in the Florida Keys are considered one of the healthiest people have ever seen, they have numerous colorful fish and marine species in their natural habitat.
Some of the best snorkeling reefs in the Keys include Carysfort and South Carysfort, Molasses Reef, Coffins Patch, Sombrero Reef, North Dry Rocks, Key Largo Dry Rocks, Looe Key, and Western Dry Rocks. All of these areas have segments as shallow as 15 feet, with many of them rising all the way to the surface. You will be able to see branching brain coral, star coral, elkhorn coral, and hundreds of species of fish including Blue Striped Grunts, Parrotfish, Blue Tangs, Sergeant Majors, Trumpetfish, and Yellowtail Snappers.
Best Snorkeling Spots
Fort Zachary Taylor
Considered by many to be the best beach in Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor is also one of the top spots for snorkeling in Key West. Walk right into the water and start exploring the reefs. You’ll be thrilled with the diverse tropical fish species and living coral right before your eyes. You can bring your own gear or you can rent it right there.
Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson
For a snorkeling adventure like no other, make sure you visit the Dry Tortugas. The official ferry of the Dry Tortugas will take you here, just 70 miles west of Key West. Once there, you’ll see the massive Civil War fortification that stands in the midst of the turquoise waters and the incredibly beautiful sandy beach. The warm shallow waters are perfect for snorkelers of all ages and levels. You’ll be swimming above thriving coral and vibrant sea life like sea stars and queen conchs as well as many other marine animals. You may even run into a sea turtle or one of the area’s resident bottlenose dolphins.
Coral Reef- Snorkeling Tours
This is the home of the only barrier reef in the continental United States. There are a variety of snorkeling tours, from morning and afternoon trips to all-day excursions. This reef is a snorkeler’s dream, with countless tropical fish, marine species and corals. The place offers numerous tours including their double-dip, which takes you to two different reefs over a span of about three hours, freshwater showers and a shaded lounge area. Their trips include complimentary snorkel gear, snacks, and beverages.
Made for Snorkel
The joy of discovering the underwater world begins with the simple act of putting your face in the water. That first snorkeling experience is quite often the beginning of a lifelong fascination with the ocean, and the keys are the best place to start.
They make it very easy for you to live the experience to the maximum and don’t have to worry about anything else. You can rent fins, mask, and snorkel almost anywhere in the Keys for a very small price compared to the enjoyment you and your family will experience traveling over the ocean. At Sirocco Marine we offer the best leisure boating options to help you garner life long memories.