Here in the Florida Keys, it’s all about the water. Whether you’re catching an oceanside breeze, chilling by the Bay or quietly enjoying one of our stately canals, just being around water can make you feel happier.
But to get the most out of the magical marine environments of our Florida Keys, you really have to get out on the water – or better yet, in it! These are the most popular ways to get wet around here:
It’s really all you need to start to appreciate the diversity of fish life and coral just offshore. The reefs within John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the country’s first undersea park, as well as the wider Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are teeming with fish, and the iconic underwater statue, the Christ of the Abyss, is a one-of-a-kind sight.
Go all in with scuba diving.
There’s nothing like breathing underwater, and the same extensive reef system that’s so fun for snorkeling is full of relatively shallow dive sites that are ideal for students, newer divers or those refreshing their skills. Historic shipwrecks are thrilling to explore for adventurous and experienced divers. Living here means you can take advantage of days with the best weather, sea conditions and visibility. Get to know a local reef in intimate detail by diving it regularly, advance to a new dive certification level, hunt for your lobster dinner, or take up a new hobby like underwater photography and fish identification.
Floating is also fine!
If you only want get your feet wet, then hanging out at a sandbar with fellow boaters on sunny afternoon may be more your style. Rather be on your own? There are countless small uninhabited islands in bay waters to explore by boat, kayak or paddle board.
The great thing about living in the Keys is that these activities are easily accessible with your own boat, a group trip, or a private
Think of the us as your concierge, bringing all the necessary gear, local knowledge of the weather and water, and personal experience to give you a memorable day out. Come on in, the water’s fine!
This article appears in the current issue of Florida Keys Living: Island Collection of Homes from American Caribbean Real Estate.
Okay, you caught us! Sometimes, when the weather is really good…. and we don’t have a private charter booked…. we sneak away take the boat out all by ourselves for a dive!
The Elbow: The “Anchor Chain” (mooring ball #8) to the City of Washington wreck
Absolutely stunning. Flat calm with great visibility. The most chilled hour or so we’ve spent underwater together in a while.
Included an eagle ray, trumpet fish, hog fish, a spotted moray eel, spiny lobsters and more.
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– Theresa N.
Oh my gosh! What a perfect day for a very very special occasion…a surprise, underwater proposal. They showed us a beautiful, private dive spot and made sure that the proposal went off without a hitch. The videos are perfect. Jill, Glen, and Stephanie, thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
– Em S.
What an awesome time!!!! Every year for my birthday, I look for different things to do with my friends. This year, it was a sunset cruise, which far surpasses a dinner at yet another restaurant. … A plus is their actual head (toilet) aboard. Their cat is a perfect size for 6 passengers. It is well appointed, spotless and very stable. Highest praise for Jill, Glenn and Suzy!
OMG. To be honest I booked this charter because the boat had a full functional bathroom. Luckily, I never needed it. … The boat was beautiful and immaculate. The little detail that was actually quite useful and made us all very comfortable was the fresh water shower after each dive. We got back to the dock feeling refreshed and not sticky and gross. Jill was responsive in following up with my initial inquiry and follow up confirmations etc. the dive sites were quite impressive. Overall an amazing experience and won’t be our last.
– Lance H
Lucky Fish Scuba is a top notch diving operation, very professional, and so much fun! Glenn & Jill made had everything prepared and ready when we arrived. Once we arrived at the dive spot, they were very helpful explaining where we would go, what we would see, and then proceeded to guide us through the dive. Since this was our first time diving in Key Largo, having a dive master guide us was very comforting. In between dives, they provided drinks and snacks. The boat is perfect for small groups and very comfy and it has a head if needed. In addition, Jill provided us with a short video of our dive a few days later. We loved it! This biz is a gem amongst all other dive operations in the Keys. You will not be disappointed booking here. We can’t wait to go back!
– Jose B.
Lucky Fish Scuba is where you need to go in Key Largo! Both Glenn and Jill are extremely professional, courteous, and fun. They will keep you laughing throughout the trip while always being very attentive to your needs. The boat is super comfortable and they are able to make a customized plan according to what you want.
– Heather P
HIGHLY recommend. 5 stars isn’t enough Took my 11 year old daughter diving. Jill and Glen are amazing- a hidden gem. They are extremely personable, the boat is phenomenal, and the level of customer service is top notch. Worth every penny. They will be my go to scuba diving resource from now on. And they are super kid friendly Thanks Jill and Glen we had an amazing time.
– David T
Worth every penny. Great tour and super friendly and knew all the right dive spots. Look no further. Also took amazing photos for us.
– Linda K
Inclement weather in Marathon Key did us a great favor. Our trip with Lucky Fish Scuba in Key Largo surpassed anything we could have imagined…