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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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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.

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A Place to Make Me Smile

Wow, where to start. I've snorkeled and been diving in many places including Hawaii, St. Lucia, and Caymen Brac. Looe Key is top-notch. I feel so safe taking anyone there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Parma, Ohio

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Parma, Ohio
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, where to start. I've snorkeled and been diving in many places including Hawaii, St. Lucia, and Caymen Brac. Looe Key is top-notch. I feel so safe taking anyone there. It's a great place for kids and adults at any level water experience. Sometimes we go here and just look over the side of the boat. It's not unusual for... More 

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cleveland
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first Snorkeling experience was to Looe key on 12/29/15. Even though the water conditions were less then ideal I was still surrounded by sea life and able to view the Coral. A must do when in the Keys.

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West Bloomfield, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Nice coral and tropical fish. Although the reef has been damaged since the last time I was there 20 years ago. Global warming has taken it's toll. Still nice different kinds of coral and quite a few colorful beautiful fish.

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Catskill, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Looe Key is a great coral reef off of the lower Florida Keys. Use Keys Boat Tours and Captain B to take you out on your own private charter.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Booked this trip at Bahia Honda State Park. The captain and dive master were great and the reef was spectacular. We saw reef sharks, Rays, parrot fish, barracuda and a 200+ pound Goliath Grouper. The total trip was about 3 hours with over 1.5 hours in the water. Only negative was lots of moon jellyfish. Thankfully their sting isn't too... More 

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Bronxville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We used Strike Zone Charters to take a group snorkeling trip to Looe Key Marine Sanctuary. The Reefs and the quantity and variety of tropical fish was amazing! The guide was knowledgeable and helpful. We snorkeled for about an hour at two different spots- it was wonderful.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is a must do! No one in my family had ever snorkeled before so there is no fear that this might be too advanced for anyone. The crew of the ship, which leaves from Bahia Honda State Park, is wonderfully kind and helpful. The water and fish were fantastic; it was like being in a different world. We snorkeled... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This area is as beautiful as any Caribbean Island and everyone should visit it at least once in their lifetime. Cool, clean aqua water that displays all below and gorgeous blue skies with white fluffy clouds that reflect on the water and the breeze blows them over. Looks like diamonds shining on the water and the view is ever changing.... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Wonderful, beautiful place! Great place to dive and snorkel for beautiful scenery and a lot of species of fish.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Went diving two different days with this dive operation.Although there were snorkels on the boat everyone had a good time.Nice warm water , beautiful coral , lots of fish. Katie made everyone feel comfortable and at the same time have fun. The day we were there the water was 87 and no current.would definitely go with them again.

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