The Keys have some of the best snorkeling around. There are so many underwater adventures to be had and so much marine life to see and explore. Whether you are new to snorkeling or an experienced diver, there are amazing spots to visit for every level.

We’ve found the top 5 snorkeling areas in The Keys and listed them below. They are great for a day trip, some even offer guided tours, you won’t be disappointed with the rare underwater beauty of the Florida Keys!

Originally Published: September 19, 2018 

Top Snorkeling Areas in the Florida Keys

Fort Zachary Taylor (Key West)

Fort Zachary Taylor is a well-known spot for snorkeling and fishing. The crystal waters give way to abundant marine life under the waves. This is a great spot for anyone from beginner to advanced. The beach also offers huts to rent and picnic tables. It is the perfect place to set up for the day for some fun in the water and sun. 

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo)

This underwater park is a first and a very cool way to spend your afternoon underwater. They offer a glass bottom boat tour and also have a large indoor aquarium. However, the best way to see the underwater creatures and sights is by scuba diving or snorkeling.

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Sombrero Reef (Marathon)

This reef has crystal blue waters and the perfect depths for great snorkeling. There are so many tropical fish and other marine life right in clear view. There are also some canyons and sea caves to explore if you are feeling adventurous. 

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Key Largo Dry Rocks (Key Largo)

This spot is most well-known for the Christ of the Abyss statue. This statue of Jesus Christ is nine-feet tall with arms outstretched towards the surface. You’ll be stunned at the tropical fish you will see swimming around this incredible statue. This well known attraction is a must-visit. 

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Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary (Big Pine Key)

These waters are an incredible sight to see. There are all sorts of beautiful, colorful tropical fish everywhere. The waters are protected, however snorkeling and scuba diving are allowed to explore all the natural untouched wonder these waters have to offer. You will see all kinds of sea life – it’s incredible! 

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Matt Moretti has worked in the travel and vacation rental industry for over a decade. He loves helping travelers find the best places to eat, the best things to do, and the perfect vacation rental for their trip.

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