<div><b>John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park</b></div><div><br></div><div>John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an absolute must for any nature-loving diver. As a protected environment and the first undersea park in the US, you will experience a sea of living corals as divers are instructed to take nothing and leave only bubbles. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/scuba-diving-at-john-pennekamp-state-park-key-largo">Read More</a> &gt;&gt;</div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://pennekamppark.com/">http://pennekamppark.com/</a></div> www.dailymotion.com John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is an absolute must for any nature-loving diver. As a protected environment and the first undersea park in the US, you will experience a sea of living corals as divers are instructed to take nothing and leave only bubbles.
<div><b>Molasses Reef</b></div><div><br></div><div>Swim with hammerheads, stingrays and turtles at Molasses Reef and coast through a garden of beautiful high profile corals and swim-throughs. Located just off the east coast of Key Largo.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-key-largo">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/scuba-diving-wrecks-and-reefs-key-largo">Read More</a> about wrecks and reefs in Key Largo</div>
<div><b>Key Largo</b></div><div><br></div><div>Key Largo is the first and northernmost of the Florida Keys. Explore adventurous wrecks, like the Duane, spot a hammerhead at Molasses Reef, or grab a slice of Key Lime Pie at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (plus the tons of other delicious bites on this key!)</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-key-largo">Read More</a> &gt;&gt;</div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.fla-keys.com/key-largo/">http://www.fla-keys.com/key-largo/</a></div> www.dailymotion.com Key Largo is the first and northernmost of the Florida Keys and only an hour drive from South Florida's two main airports. You'll find tropical hardwoods, winding creeks, state parks to explore, and a portion of a national marine sanctuary for the dive of a lifetime. Don't miss Key Largo!
<div><b>The Duane</b></div><div><br></div><div>When diving the Duane in Key Largo, you just might encounter some barracuda! Sunk in 1987, make sure to check this 327 foot Coast Guard wreck off your list. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-key-largo">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/scuba-diving-wrecks-and-reefs-key-largo">Read More</a> about wrecks and reefs in Key Largo </div> www.dailymotion.com When diving the Duane in Key Largo, you just might encounter some barracuda! Sunk in 1987, make sure to check this 327 foot Coast Guard wreck off your list.
<div><b>Key Largo Eats</b></div><div><br></div><div>If you’re hungry after a day of diving, there’s no better way to relax than with a Key Lime Mojito and a little live music at <a href="http://www.skippersdockside.com/">Skipper’s Dockside</a>. Craving fresh caught fish? <a href="http://keylargo-baysidegrill.com/">Bayside Grille &amp; Sunset Bar</a> is the place to be -- don’t miss them blow the conch at sunset! Or stop by <a href="http://www.mrsmacskitchen.com/">Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen</a> and try a bite of their famous alligator sausage -- if you dare!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Islamorada</b></div><div><br></div><div>Situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait is Islamorada, made up of six islands: Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key and the offshore islands of Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key. Dive with friendly morays, explore the crown jewel of Islamorada’s wrecks, or pop open a cold one at the Islamorada Beer Company. There’s plenty to see, do and DIVE on this key!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-islamorada">Read More &gt;&gt; </a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.fla-keys.com/islamorada/">http://www.fla-keys.com/islamorada/</a></div> www.dailymotion.com Situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park and the deep blue waters of the Florida Strait is Islamorada. Dive with friendly morays, explore the crown jewel of Islamorada’s wrecks, or pop open a cold one at the Islamorada Beer Company. There’s plenty to see, do and DIVE on this key!
<div><b>Pleasure Reef</b></div><div><br></div><div>Have you ever fed a moray eel? Now’s your chance! On Pleasure Reef, you may spot up to six eels ready to greet you for a chance at a snack -- plus plenty of other marine life like nurse sharks, parrot fish and schools of colorful fish. Pleasure Reef is a 25-30 foot dive and located just a few miles off the shore of Islamorada. Contact Captain Slate’s SCUBA Adventures to book your trip today!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-islamorada">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.captainslate.com/">http://www.captainslate.com/</a></div>
<div><b>The Eagle</b></div><div><br></div><div>Lying at 120 feet, advanced divers must add the Eagle wreck to their dive logs. After all, it’s not called the Crown Jewel of Islamorada for nothing! As a 287 foot Coastal Freighter, the Eagle is located about 6 miles off Lower Matecumbe Key and is home to abundant marine life such as stony coral, ocean sponges, grouper, angelfish, parrotfish, goliath grouper, yellowtail, barracuda, spiny oysters, and sharks. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-islamorada">Read More &gt;&gt;</a> </div>
<div><b>Islamorada Eats</b></div><div><br></div><div>After a day of diving, nothing tastes better than a cold brewski. Try the No Wake Zone -- a Key Lime Coconut Ale, or the Sandbar Sunday, an American Wheat Ale at the <a href="http://www.islamoradabeerco.com/">Islamorada Beer Company</a>. For dinner, cruise over to <a href="http://www.loreleicabanabar.com/">Lorelei Restaurant &amp; Cabana Bar</a> for some stone crab claws and their signature Key Lime Colada. The next morning, don’t forget to stop by <a href="http://www.bobsbunz.com/">Bob’s Bunz</a> in Downtown Islamorada for blue crab eggs benedict to energize you for a day of diving.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Marathon</b></div><div><br></div><div>Marathon is a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain, comprised mainly of Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key and Grassy Key. Surrounded by colorful, lively reefs and brimming with good eats, check out why Marathon is the place to stay (and dive, of course)!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-marathon">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.fla-keys.com/marathon/">http://www.fla-keys.com/marathon/</a></div> www.dailymotion.com Marathon is a 10-mile-long family-oriented island community conveniently situated in the middle of the Keys island chain, comprised mainly of Vaca Key, Fat Deer Key and Grassy Key. Surrounded by colorful, lively reefs and brimming with good eats, check out why Marathon is the place to stay (and dive, of course)!
<div><b>Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area</b></div><div><br></div><div>The Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area is located about 4 nautical miles off Key Colony Beach and is brimming with marine life, including tangs, jacks, stingrays, nurse sharks, grouper, lobster, butterflyfish, and moray eels. As the “Hidden Gem” of Marathon, make sure to dive in this 25 feet of water reef. Plus, spot some pillar coral at Pillar Patch Reef! Pillar coral is considered a threatened species by the Federal Endangered Species Act, but it can be seen in abundance in Marathon.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-marathon">Read More&gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/invertebrates/pillar-coral/">Pillar Coral</a></div> www.dailymotion.com The Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area is located about 4 nautical miles off Key Colony Beach and is brimming with marine life, including tangs, jacks, stingrays, nurse sharks, grouper, lobster, butterflyfish, and moray eels. As the “Hidden Gem” of Marathon, make sure to dive in this 25 feet of water reef.
<div><b>The Wooden Spoon</b></div><div><br></div><div>Located just off US 1, The Wooden Spoon is known for their signature dish, “The Silver Spoon Special.” What’s that? Two of everything! Two eggs, two strips of delicious bacon, two sausage patties and two pancakes! A local staple since the 1950s, The Wooden Spoon is the perfect place to stop before a day of diving in Marathon.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Keys Fisheries</b></div><div><br></div><div>How do stone crab claws and a lobster reuben sound? If your first reaction was delicious -- make sure to grab a bite at Keys Fisheries on the Bayside in Marathon. With a raw bar and prices that can’t be beat, visit the Keys Fisheries, nestled right around the marina, for a post-dive treat.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.keysfisheries.com/">https://www.keysfisheries.com/</a></div>
<div><b>Burdines Waterfront</b></div><div><br></div><div>It wouldn’t be a trip to Marathon without a stop at Burdine’s Waterfront Marina, where you can dock your boat and grab a slice of the “Best Key Lime Pie in Marathon” -- or so they say! Originally a marina (hence the name!), the owner decided to extend the building by adding a restaurant upstairs where fishers and divers could re-fuel their stomachs after re-fueling their boats.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Big Pine Key &amp; The Lower Keys</b></div><div><br></div><div>Where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset, the Lower Keys are home to two national wildlife refuges, a national marine sanctuary and a state park, and are surrounded by a marine environment filled with abundant terrestrial and marine wildlife. Drift through Looe Key Reef or find adventure at the popular Adolphus Busch wreck!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-lower-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.fla-keys.com/lower-keys/">http://www.fla-keys.com/lower-keys/</a></div> www.dailymotion.com Where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset, the Lower Keys are home to two national wildlife refuges, a national marine sanctuary and a state park, and are surrounded by a marine environment filled with abundant terrestrial and marine wildlife.
<div><b>Big Pine Eats</b></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://bucktoothrooster.com/">The Bucktooth Rooster</a> is a locally owned restaurant in Big Pine Key that is famous for their juicy New York strip steak encrusted with horseradish and bleu cheese. Mouth watering yet? Better save room for a piece of iconic key lime pie! If pizza is more your style, try out the <a href="http://nonamepubestore.com/pub/ ">No Name Pub</a> for a slice, a beer or a cold Pina Colada. Opened in 1936, it’s the oldest pub in Big Pine Key! Or if you’re pining for a breakfast burrito, stuffed to the brim, stop by the <a href="http://www.keyscafe.com/">Keys Cafe</a> before heading out on your dive trip.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Looe Key Reef</b></div><div><br></div><div>Swim through a vibrant sea of purple sea fans, soft corals and huge high profile coral at Looe Key Reef, just 5 nautical miles off Big Pine Key. This reef is roughly 200 yards wide and 800 yards long and home to varied species, including yellowtail, angelfish, parrotfish, barracuda, sergeant majors, and moray eel. </div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-lower-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Adolphus Busch</b></div><div><br></div><div>The Adolphus Busch wreck is a must-dive for any advanced diver. Sitting in 112 feet of water, this purpose-sunk wreck is 210 feet long and located only a few miles off Big Pine Key. Plus, this wreck is a movie star! It starred alongside Rita Hayworth in 1957’s “Fire Down Below.” Along with schools of fish, you may encounter arrow crabs, trumpet fish, brittle stars and maybe even an octopus!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-lower-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/dive-big-pine-keys-adolphus-busch-sr">Read More</a> about the Adolphus Busch wreck</div>
<div><b>Key West</b></div><div><br></div><div>Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West is Florida’s irreverent southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique confluence of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, architecture and unabashed romantic appeal. Grab a bite at iconic stops like Hog’s Breath Saloon, Smokin Tuna Saloon or Blue Heaven and don’t miss a dive at the extremely popular Vandenberg Wreck.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-key-west">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.fla-keys.com/key-west">http://www.fla-keys.com/key-west </a></div> www.dailymotion.com Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West is Florida’s irreverent southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique confluence of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, superb diving, architecture and unabashed romantic appeal.
<div><b>Key West Eats</b></div><div><br></div><div>If you’re traveling to Key West, you simply must make a stop at the <a href="https://www.hogsbreath.com/keywest/">Hog’s Breath Saloon</a>. Opened in 1978, this Duval Street staple has attracted locals and tourists alike with their cold brews and delicious raw bar. Stop in and grab a t shirt before heading home! </div><div><br></div><div>In the mood for a little live music? The <a href="https://www.smokintunasaloon.com/">Smokin’ Tuna Saloon</a> has just that -- smokin’ music, smoked fish dip, and smokin’ shrimp ceviche! </div><div><br></div><div>Last, but certainly not least, end your dive day with a meal at <a href="http://www.blueheavenkw.com/">Blue Heaven</a> on Duval Street. This restaurant has been around since the 1930s and used to host cock fighting and gambling. But don’t worry, the scene is much more laid back these days, serving lunch, breakfast and lots of shade.</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.islands.com/best-restaurants-in-florida-keys">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div>
<div><b>Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg</b></div><div><br></div><div>The Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg used to monitor Soviet missile launches during the Cold War. Now, it sits just beyond the shores of Key West and is home to an abundant source of marine life such as grouper, snapper, sharks and barracuda. The vessel is the second largest underwater shipwreck at 520 feet long and it sits in 140 feet of water. Make sure to add the Vandenberg to your wreck-trek through the FL Keys!</div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/explore-florida-keys-key-west">Read More &gt;&gt;</a></div><div><br></div><div><a href="https://www.scubadiving.com/diving-shipwreck-trail-in-florida-keys ">Read More</a> about the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg wreck </div>