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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: Snorkeling, Scuba diving
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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Looe key

One of most beautiful spots in the keys. Truly worth the time and money to get out there to see one out natural reefs in the U.S. Would only recommend to those who are moderate to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

One of most beautiful spots in the keys. Truly worth the time and money to get out there to see one out natural reefs in the U.S. Would only recommend to those who are moderate to strong swimmers.

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Virginia beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We took a boat tour out of Bahia Honda to Looe Key Reef! Definitely a must see but not for people who cannot swim or get sea sick. The crew was very honest about the sea conditions and gave us an opportunity to get off the boat if we felt uncomfortable. We are glad we went because we got to... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Great snorkeling at a beautiful reef. Teeming with different types of fish including grouper, snapper, sharks, spotted eagle rays, massive goliath grouper, tarpon, and snook.

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Ponce Inlet, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We trailer our own boat to the Keys which means we can spend all day at this amazing reef snorkeling. Pack a lunch and make a day of it! Be forewarned - if there is any chop to the seas it will not be clear or enjoyable. The currents can be rough out there. It usually takes a day or... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Loe Key Reef is the best reef for wildlife in the Florida Keys. This is the best place to snorkel or dive in the Florida Keys. You are more likely to see sharks or other large creatures here than any other place in the keys. On our most recent visit, we saw 5 sharks on the first dive and 3... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

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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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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Wilmington, North Carolina
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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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Address: Address: Looe Key Existing Management Area, Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4700
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys

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