Just in case you weren’t aware, Key Largo is the self-proclaimed dive capital of not only Florida but of the world – the whole world! For starters, it’s home to the country’s first ever underwater park: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The park stretches for 70 square miles and is full of exciting marine life and lush coral reefs. You can experience the undersea park via a glass-bottom boat tour or by viewing it up close via snorkeling or of course, scuba diving. Diving tours at the park are $75 per person, or you can opt for a private snorkeling charter for 6 people at $500 total.
Key Largo is also home to the Rainbow Reef Dive Center, which facilitates dives all across the area in both real and artificial reefs. Their charters fit both small groups and large parties, and they provide complimentary bottled water, WiFi, and even homemade chocolate chip cookies on board. (You were sold at the cookies, right?!) Each guest is given professional instruction about their dives, and they offer special packages depending on the type of experience you want to have.
Even if you’re an experienced diver and simply want to go at it alone, you can still use Key Largo for its location and natural resources. There are several wrecked ships, like the Bibb, which is usually surrounded by barracuda, the USCGC Duane, and the Spiegel Grove, which is the “largest wreck ever scuttled for an artificial reef.”
If you don’t believe us and would rather come see it for yourself, by all means, be our (literal) guest. Take your pick from our Hilton Key Largo hotels, and make an entire event of it. It’s summertime, the weather’s nice, and the water’s refreshing. Give in to those diving desires and have a time you’ll never forget!
Then, when you’re all explored out, you can relax in luxury at the Baker’s Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton. The resort offers private balconies, a spa and salon on site, and a variety of dining options including a full-service pool bar and mobile food truck.
Happy diving, Florida!