Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys?? - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 11-11-2013 Thread Starter
Glad I found Sailnet
 
Bene505's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,817
Thanks: 14
Thanked 51 Times in 50 Posts
Rep Power: 8
   
Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

We are planning a trip to the keys this winter, snorkeling and surfing along the way. (Likely travelling by 17' minivan.) The kids are experienced snorklers and are looking for "colorful places with clear water to see different types of fish".

Can anyone suggest some good places to go? Right now, we aren't planning to tow our dinghy behind us, so land-accessible or tour-boat-accessible would work best.

(I could probably be convinced to tow the dink if there is strong reason to do so. We could also use it to hold lashed-down surfboards enroute and leave more room in the roof-top "pod".)

Regards,
Brad

.
.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
.
The best minds discuss sailing (and a little bit of politics). I don't know why. It's a mystery!
.
Bene505 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 11-11-2013
Tartan 27' owner
 
CalebD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,752
Thanks: 4
Thanked 107 Times in 99 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

I visited over 20 years ago. Pretty nice snorkeling off their dive boat. I saw the biggest Barracuda I could imagine. On Key Largo.
John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park
Best of all it is a Florida State park so even if our "friends" in congress shut down the national parks (Everglades N.P. is one of 'em) John Pennecamp park should still be open.

Further down the Keys is:
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys Beach, Beaches in the Keys, State Park in the Keys, Florida Keys State Park, Public Beach Florida Parks
where we camped out. Also a FL state park. Not that far from Key West.
Make your reservations now though for either of these.

Another attraction worth visiting is Sanibel Island. Not so much for snorkeling as the Gulf waters can be pretty turbid but for the shells washed up on the beach. I'd stay on the main land or Otero Island (Ft. Meyer's Beach) as hotels on Sanibel are $$$$. Your ladies will probably enjoy this place even if you don't.

Most of all have fun!

"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by CalebD; 11-11-2013 at 02:04 PM.
CalebD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 7 Old 11-12-2013
Old as Dirt!
 
svHyLyte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 2,935
Thanks: 15
Thanked 129 Times in 122 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

Snorkeling in the winter? Bring a wet suit! Even in the Keys.

"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
svHyLyte is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 7 Old 11-12-2013 Thread Starter
Glad I found Sailnet
 
Bene505's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,817
Thanks: 14
Thanked 51 Times in 50 Posts
Rep Power: 8
   
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

Quote:
Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
Snorkeling in the winter? Bring a wet suit! Even in the Keys.
The water temperature is expected to be warmer than it gets up here in the summer. As long as we don't stay so long that we fully acclimate to the weather in paradise, we ought to be ok.

It's the surfing side trips on the way back that I think will feel cold. I've warned the kids that if we are surfing in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, that we ought to do it on the way down. We have wetsuits.

Regards,
Brad

.
.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
.
The best minds discuss sailing (and a little bit of politics). I don't know why. It's a mystery!
.
Bene505 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 7 Old 11-12-2013 Thread Starter
Glad I found Sailnet
 
Bene505's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 3,817
Thanks: 14
Thanked 51 Times in 50 Posts
Rep Power: 8
   
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

Quote:
Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
I visited over 20 years ago. Pretty nice snorkeling off their dive boat. I saw the biggest Barracuda I could imagine. On Key Largo.
John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park
Best of all it is a Florida State park so even if our "friends" in congress shut down the national parks (Everglades N.P. is one of 'em) John Pennecamp park should still be open.

Further down the Keys is:
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys Beach, Beaches in the Keys, State Park in the Keys, Florida Keys State Park, Public Beach Florida Parks
where we camped out. Also a FL state park. Not that far from Key West.
Make your reservations now though for either of these.

Another attraction worth visiting is Sanibel Island. Not so much for snorkeling as the Gulf waters can be pretty turbid but for the shells washed up on the beach. I'd stay on the main land or Otero Island (Ft. Meyer's Beach) as hotels on Sanibel are $$$$. Your ladies will probably enjoy this place even if you don't.

Most of all have fun!
Caleb,

You have us looking at the pictures of Bahia Honda. It's beautiful. The campground is booked until the spring, otherwise that's where we'd make camp while we explore the keys.

Regards,
Brad

.
.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
.
The best minds discuss sailing (and a little bit of politics). I don't know why. It's a mystery!
.
Bene505 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 7 Old 11-12-2013
Best Looking MALE Mod
 
Cruisingdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9,917
Thanks: 3
Thanked 123 Times in 57 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

Brad,

Lots of great stuff in Largo. You will have to take a tour boat out. The Dry Rocks and Molasses Reef come to mind off of Rodriguez.

Another great area is Sombrero Light off of Marathon. It is surprisingly good and we visit it often.

On our bucket list here before long is to go to Looe Key which is supposed to have some of the best snorkeling and diving in the keys. Bahia Honda is pretty good too.

If you don't mind parting with some coin, take the family over to the Tortugas by Ferry. You can even tent camp there if you want. Gorgeous over there and great snorkeling and diving... but the best stuff is away from the fort and you won't be able to get to it. Still, the old Fort is incredible for the kids. It is one of our favorite places.

Looks us up when you get here. I suspect we will be hanging around Marathon somewhere!!

Brian

Dry Tortugas Fort



Kids Snorkeling off of Sombrero (that coral head goes down over 20 feet).


Sailnet Moderator



1987 Tayana Vancouver 42, Credendo Vides, (Mom and Pops boat, F/T Mobile Live Aboards in Puget Sound)

My Website:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Follow My Blog at:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Follow me on Facebook:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Cruisingdad is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 7 Old 11-12-2013
Tartan 27' owner
 
CalebD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 4,752
Thanks: 4
Thanked 107 Times in 99 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: Best snorkling in Southern Florida/Keys??

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
Caleb,

You have us looking at the pictures of Bahia Honda. It's beautiful. The campground is booked until the spring, otherwise that's where we'd make camp while we explore the keys.

Regards,
Brad
Yes, it was a pretty cool place some 30 odd years ago. Man O'war jellyfish blown up on the beach.
I believe that Pennacamp S.P. also has campgrounds but alas they are probably already booked too.
There are quite a few "RV parks" along the way to Key West. I have no idea what the cost/night is though.
Brian has some good ideas there.

"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen

Everybody has one:

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
CalebD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Tags
snorkling keys

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 FIRST PLACE Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter (Keynoter.com) NewsReader News Feeds 0 01-13-2007 01:15 AM
Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 and 2005 Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter (Keynoter.com) NewsReader News Feeds 0 11-07-2006 10:15 PM
Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 and 2005 Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter (Keynoter.com) NewsReader News Feeds 0 11-04-2006 01:16 AM
Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 and 2005 Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter (Keynoter.com) NewsReader News Feeds 0 08-16-2006 10:15 AM
Voted #1 Florida Press 2004 FIRST PLACE Best Web Site Florida Keys Keynoter (Keynoter.com) NewsReader News Feeds 0 05-05-2006 07:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome