To the east is the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef, and Key Largo has earned the moniker of Diving Capital of the World.
Six miles offshore in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is the Spiegel Grove shipwreck, a 510-foot former US Navy ship intentionally scuttled in 2002.
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Welcome to the island paradise of Key Largo, the first of the Fabulous Florida Keys and the
Dive Capital of the World, where you can kick off your shoes and leave your cares behind.
Key Largo is home to the world’s largest artificial reef, the 510 foot USS Spiegel Grove, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef
Experience the Spiegel Grove – without getting wet!
Underwater State Park, the African Queen and the famous Christ of the Abyss underwater statue.
The Everglades National Park is just a short trip away by boat or car.
Diving, snorkeling and glass bottom boating in our clear waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is a fantastic experience.
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Not only do visitors enjoy daily adventures in scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sightseeing, but they can take part in the numerous special events hosted by local organizations.
The following is a list of those events - big and small - along with contact information for further details. Key Largo, Florida
On Key Largo in the Florida Keys at Mile Marker 102.5, you’ll find the award winning John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Home to the only living coral reef in the United States, the reef begins in Miami and stretches 221 miles down the Keys to the Dry Tortugas near Key West.
It is the third largest living coral reef in the world. You can enjoy year round swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving at the John Pennekamp state park.
John Pennekamp State Park
Mile Marker 102.5
Key Largo, FL 33037
You can snorkel right off of John Pennekamp’s beaches to see cool fish and sponges - just walk into the water. But if you want to see live coral reefs you need to take a boat offshore.
John Pennekamp has a marina with boat ramps, docks, and overnight slip rentals. Boat slips are reasonably priced at $26 per night for a 25 foot slip, and $52 per night for a 50 foot slip.
The cost to launch your boat is $10 and there is a parking area for vehicles with trailers.
You must bring your own fuel as Pennekamp does not have a public fuel dock.
There are also mooring balls available in largo sound (just off cannon beach).
The cost to use a mooring ball is $18 a day, which includes trash disposal and pump-out.
The state park has power boat rentals that are 20 to 23 feet long.
To rent a 22 foot boat for the day at John Pennekamp is only $310, plus $10 for gas. A half day is $185.
The rental boats come with a bimini to keep you out of the sun, a compass, and a swim platform to make it easy to get in and out of the boat. You must have basic boating experience to rent a boat.
You can contact the John Pennekamp Marina by calling 305-451-6325 or VHF Channel 16.
Another option is to take a snorkeling tour where a guided boat takes you to the best snorkeling spots about 3 miles offshore.
The tours provide snorkeling gear as well as experts on staff to help you out. You’ll have up to 1 1/2 hours at the coral reefs for snorkeling.
During the cooler months, you can rent a 1/2 suit or full diving suit to keep you warm while you swim, snorkel, or dive.
A full service PADI dive shop is onsite at John Pennekamp.
If you want to learn to scuba dive, there are a variety of scuba courses available from novice to PADI Divemaster certification.
The PADI Open Water Diver full certification allows you to dive anywhere in the world.
There’s also scuba equipment available for rent to certified divers. Divers can take a Reef Adventure trip aboard the 35 passenger catamaran.
There are two main beaches at John Pennekamp. Cannon Beach is close to the main concession area and is the best place for beach snorkeling.
There is a 17th century cannon on the beach and about 100 feet offshore you can swim out to see an authentic replication of a Spanish ship wreck using real cannons from the 17th century.
The second beach is called Far Beach which is great for swimming and relaxing under palm trees with more shade than Cannon Beach.
If you have family members that want to stay dry, a great option to see the coral reefs is to go on an air conditioned glass bottom boat tour.
The tours last 2 1/2 hours and depart 3 times a day. You’ll be able to see the beautiful marine life that lives in the coral reefs offshore.
Welcome to our Florida Keys! A dream vacation, yes, Paradise Has Never Been Easier to Reach The 120-mile-long Florida Keys island chain is linked to mainland Florida by U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway.
Key Largo, the northern- most island of the Florida Keys island chain, lies only an hour's drive from South Florida's two major airports. Yet it is a world away.
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Just an hour's drive south of Miami lies Key Largo, home to two state parks, a national park, a national marine sanctuary and some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state.
In 2010, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underseas park, turns 50. And, the year 2010 marks the 75th year of the Florida Park Service.
We invite you to also explore Key Largo's Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Everglades National Park and all the underwater delights of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
A host of eco-tourism and dive-snorkel services and accommodations are ready to help you discover the natural wonders of Key Largo.
For a visual introduction to the sights of Key Largo, please peruse our iPIX virtual panoramic tours or view a video.
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As you look at the tropical hardwoods, the winding creeks, and the stunning coral formations, it is no wonder Hollywood chose to film scenes from the movies "PT 109" and "Key Largo" here.
Key Largo is sandwiched between the watery wilderness of the Everglades National Park to the west and the fish-covered coral formations of North America's only living coral barrier reef to
the east. It's not just Hollywood producers who are drawn to the wildlife here.
Even Fantasy Fest revelers have been known to relax in Key Largo before, during or after enjoying Key West's famously outlandish costume festival.
Six miles offshore in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary you will find the wreck of the Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot Navy ship intentionally scuttled in June 2002 as the backbone for a new coral reef.
Locals consider their home the Diving Capital of the World but the island is nearly as famous as a sport-fishing destination.
Some of the best charter captains and fishing guides in the world work out of Key Largo.
You can go after sailfish offshore, bonefish along the Atlantic shallows, or redfish and tarpon in Florida Bay.
Key Largo's proximity to the Everglades makes it a premier destination for kayakers, birders and other eco-tourists.
All this beauty, not to mention the island's rich history, has inspired a vibrant community of artists who show their work at several local galleries.
When the day is done, you can trade stories at any of a full-range of restaurants, bars, hotels, motels and resorts. Each is as unique as Key Largo itself.