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Looe Key (Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary)

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Address: Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4700
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Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling
Description: Looe Key reef has been federally protected since 1981, first as a national...
Looe Key reef has been federally protected since 1981, first as a national marine sanctuary and now as an Existing Management Area* within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This area includes a Sanctuary Preservation Area* (SPA) that is a popular snorkelling and dive destination for new and experienced divers alike. A diversity of fish congregate here - parrots and surgeonfish on the north side; barracudas and jacks on top of the reef; grunts, butterflyfish, and angelfish on the reef crest. It is located approximately 5.5 nautical miles south of Ramrod Key and about eight nautical miles southwest of Bahia Honda State Park. *Special use regulations apply here.
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Best Snorkeling in the Keys

We went out yesterday on a tour out of Bahia Honda State Park $30 per person plus rentals if you don't have your own equipment. It only took about 30 mins to go out to the reef... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We went out yesterday on a tour out of Bahia Honda State Park $30 per person plus rentals if you don't have your own equipment. It only took about 30 mins to go out to the reef. The boat was clean and comfortable and the crew (PT and Jody) were awesome. I have been snorkeling all around the Keys and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The beauty that you will see in this sanctuary will be something that you will never forget. It is not for the amateur diver/snorkeling enthusiast. The current can be strong and you are in open water and there will be sharks. If those aren't deal breakers then get out there and experience one the the US's most hidden gems. Please... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Looe Key is one of the nicest places to dive and snorkel in the Keys. It is approximately 3-miles out from Newfound Harbor off Big Pine Key. There are plenty of varieties of soft and hard corals and plenty of varieties of fish. On the outsides of the buoys, you can see the larger residents, Goliath Groupers, large Rays and... More 

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Springfield, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We snorkeled Looe Key using the purveyor from the state park. We went on a weekday morning to try to avoid crowds. HA. The boat was full and has limited space to store stuff, but the key snorkeling area is quite big. When we reached the key, there were 2 other full boats there so lots of people bobbing around.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Be warned, if you get sea sick or are not experienced swimming in 2-4 swells, you may not enjoy this trip. Seriously. Otherwise, if you are a good swimmer, this reef gives you a great chance to see the apex reef predators. My family (children 12 and 15) booked a trip through Bahia Honda State Park at 1:30 Monday, 8/18.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Went snorkeling here in July 2014. I have snorkeled and gone scuba diving many places but this is in the top 5 for sure. Nicest reef I have seen in the Florida keys. Saw three sharks, two reef sharks and a black tip, many large barracuda and some of the most gorgeous reef fish I've ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous, could... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Absolutely beautiful! A must see if you are anywhere near the area and enjoy the ocean. Snorkel over one of the most beautiful reefs in Florida! It's only about a 30 minute boat ride from Big Pine Key area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I recently went on a snorkelling & diving tour of Looe Key reef. It was my 6th time snorkelling and definitely the best thus far. (Previous 5: Cuba, Dominican, Bermuda x2- Somerset & Church bay (close 2nd overall), Key West). We took the tour with Strike Zone based out of Big Pine key. They were friendly and accommodating, although a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I go every summer and it is always a great experience. Go on a day when the water is calm so visibility is good, otherwise it can be difficult to see the marine life. I have seen sharks, dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and countless species of fish. You will not regret going. If you can, rent your own boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Our 10 year old twins loved their 1st experience snorkeling . We took the trip through Bahia Honda State Park to Looe Key, captain & mate were informative and friendly. Hubby & I have been to many Caribbean Islands scuba diving and snorkeling and found Looe Key to be just as good, which was a pleasant surprise.

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