Key Largo Coral Reefs
Drive south from Miami for about an hour and you will come to the new, 65-foot-high bridge at Jewfish Creek. When you cross this bridge, you will find yourself in Key Largo, the first of the fabulous Florida Keys. This chain of coral islands is legendary for its lore of pirates and sunken treasure, but today countless visitors have discovered the real treasure of the Florida Keys lies just offshore, its world-class diving and snorkeling.
The waters offshore of Key Largo offer great diving on the third-largest living coral barrier reef in the world. Visitors to Key Largo quickly understand why it is the "Dive Capital of the World.”
Key Largo was one of the first areas in the world to dive into conservation of its marine habitat. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was founded in 1960 and the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary was created 1975. As a result, the reef has been protected for more than four decades.
And in the mid-1990s, the entire island chain was given additional protection as the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This designation has provided a uniquely rich coral environment where the 600 species of tropical fish are numerous and friendly - a veritable paradise for diver and snorkeler.
Key Largo is best known for its shallow reefs and deep wrecks. The shallow reefs provide world class diving for scuba divers of all ages and skills. The deep wrecks offer the some of the best wreck diving found anywhere.