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Key Largo is considered a diver’s paradise

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Key Largo is considered a diver’s paradise. It’s 33 miles long, making it the longest island in the archipelago. Memorable for its starring role in “Key Largo,” the 1947 movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the key is still home to the boat from another Bogart movie: “The African Queen.” It’s beautifully nestled between the Everglades National Park and the coral reef, which is, in fact, the only living barrier reef in the United States.

The Dive Capital of the World

Whether you’re an experienced diver or this is your first underwater adventure, Key Largo has plenty for you to explore.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Encompassing about 70 nautical square miles, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has lush mangrove swamps, dense tropical hammocks, and coral reefs teeming with marine life. It’s the first undersea park in the country, and you can explore by scuba diving, snorkeling, or glass-bottom boat. You can also skim across the top of the water on canoes or kayaks or get up close and personal with many of the region’s most popular animals at the saltwater aquarium, located in the visitor’s center.

Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary

Now known as the Existing Management Area, the marine sanctuary is home to over 6,000 animal species and numerous plants and artifacts. It is home to diverse habitats, including seagrass, the coral barrier reef, and more. Here you can dive or snorkel, boat and fish, or view wildlife and go birdwatching.

USS Spiegel Grove

This 510-foot decommissioned Navy ship sank more than two decades ago. Intended to serve as the foundation for a new artificial reef a few miles offshore, the USS Spiegel Grove was flipped upright by Hurricane Dennis a few years later. Today, divers explore the depths around the sunken ship, discovering diverse marine life and beautiful seascapes.

Top Key Largo Adventures

If you’re not a diver, you still have plenty of options for fun in Key Largo. Just west of Key Largo is Everglades National Park, which is perennially popular with birdwatchers, anglers, kayakers, and canoers. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park is also nearby with ample hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Try Harry Harris Park for a relaxed afternoon on the beach, picnics, or swimming.

Mangrove Marina is also located nearby. The full-service marina has everything you need to stay comfortable during your visit to the Florida Keys, and our luxury houseboats are well-equipped with all the necessities. We’ve got a heated freshwater pool, bathhouses, wet and dry slips, gardens, and more for your comfort and convenience. Give us a call today to learn more or to make your reservations.                                              


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