The beautiful Florida Keys! Nowhere else in the United States can you see living coral reefs than the Florida Keys. One dive and you'll think you're in the carribean.
The Keys start just off the coast off Miami and continue down to Key West and the Dry Tortugas. Just off every key lies miles of living coral reefs and marine habitats that will dazzle the eye. Reefs form in different shapes such as; mound, patch, and ledge reefs.
The 120-mile Florida Keys island chain is home to North America's only living-coral barrier reef. This teeming backbone of marine life runs the length of the Keys about five miles off offshore.
Our coral formations are famous for their abundance of fish, from impressive schools of blue-striped grunts to toothy green moray eels. The U.S. government established the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to protect our marine habitat.
Preserving the reef is a top priority for a good reason. There is no more versatile marine destination in the world. We have coral-encrusted ship wrecks and intricate natural coral formations. We have shallow reefs for snorkelers, and a range of deeper reefs for experienced divers.
Most dive sites are equipped with convenient mooring buoys to save the reef from anchors and make it easy for boaters to tie off. Most sites are a short boat ride from our islands, where dozens of highly professional dive operators are ready to cater to you.
The Florida Keys include Marathon, Islamorada, Long Key, Key Largo, and other smaller keys.
Scuba diving and Snorkeling the Florida Keys