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Whether you’re booking your first getaway to Key Largo, Florida, or you return every year, make sure you get the most of your trip to this island paradise. Known for some of the best diving in the world, Key Largo is home to several coral reefs and shipwrecks. Plenty of water sports and other activities await you as well.

Scuba Diving

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park’s scuba dive tours let you explore living coral reefs and native sea life. You can rent equipment and take diving lessons at the park. Divers with advanced open water certifications can dive the Spiegel Grove Wreck. The Spiegel Grove was a retired Navy ship that was intentionally sunk off Key Largo to create a reef to support marine life. Less experienced divers can check out the S.S. Benwood, which was shipwrecked during an accident with another boar during World War II. The Benwood Wreck is a favorite dive spot since the ship sits in shallow water about  25 to 50 feet deep.

 

Dolphin Encounters

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If you want to know what it’s like to swim with dolphins, this is your chance. Dolphins Plus enables guests to learn about dolphins and then swim with them. You’ll get an educational briefing about interacting with dolphins before you get in the water. You can choose between two dolphin experiences. The guided natural swim is a snorkeling adventure focused on interacting with dolphins in a natural setting. If you want to give dolphins belly rubs, get dolphin kisses, or take a ride the water on a dorsal tow, opt for the structured dolphin swim.

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Waterfront Accommodations

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Relax between activities at a hotel with waterfront views. A variety of hotels offer waterfront views from private balconies or decks. The Hilton Key Largo Resort features beachfront rooms and two outdoor swimming pools. After a day at the beach, you can take a stroll along the nature trail or order your favorite cocktail at the tequila bar. If you prefer accommodations near the marina, plan a stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Key Largo or the Holiday Inn Key Largo. Check out all the waterfront Key Largo hotels for more choices.

 

Boat Tours

You can also explore beautiful coral reefs and sea life without getting wet. Climb aboard the Key Largo Princess for a glass-bottom boat ride. Your two-hour tour will show you the underwater sights at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. For a unique boat ride, take a cruise on the historic African Queen steamboat. Humphrey Bogart fans will recognize this vessel from the 1951 movie “The African Queen.”

Restored in 2012, the African Queen makes daily canal cruises in Key Largo. You can also take an evening cruise with a stopover at the Pilot House Marina and Restaurant for a delicious dinner. African Queen cruises leave from the Marina Del Mar and travel through the Port Largo Canals.

Plan to enjoy a variety of water sports, boating activities, and ways to explore marine life during your stay. Sample a little bit of everything that Key Largo has to offer to make the most of your trip.

 

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