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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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Awesome snorkeling

My family thoroughly enjoyed our snorkeling trip to looe key reef. The fish were beautiful and we even were able to see two goliath grouper that were absolutely amazing. They were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My family thoroughly enjoyed our snorkeling trip to looe key reef. The fish were beautiful and we even were able to see two goliath grouper that were absolutely amazing. They were estimated by the dive master to be about 100 pounds for the baby and 250 pounds for the larger one. Seeing a fish larger than yourself can be quite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Absolute BEST diving available near the mainland. I've been driving here since I was a kid (50 years) and it remains unspoiled. Warm, tropical waters usually offer 50'-70' vis. Colorful fish and reef, just about 5 miles off Big Pine Key. Bring extra tanks because you won't want to leave!

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Rutland, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We've snorkeled all over, including a number of Caribbean islands and Belize. Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary blew our expectations our of the water, and I can't believe there's anywhere better to snorkel in the U.S. We did a half-day trip with Looe Key Dive Center (who were great). They took us out to Looe Key and anchored at two... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

We went diving in the reef, and to its credit, I saw my first Goliath Groupers there as well as the largest parrot fish I have ever seen. However, the reef is very degraded and not deep enough (25ft) to dive without lots of pressure changes killing your ears. Snorkeling? You bet. But if you dive, and especially if you... More 

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Xenia, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

We visited using looe key dive center. Reef varied from 3-30 ft. Healthy coral and many fish! Snorkelers follow the fingers, divers follow the grooves in between. Saw about 5 sharks from 4-7 ft long. Reef and bull sharks.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

We went out with the boat associated with the Park. We saw multiple sharks, barracudas, and lots of colorful fish. It was one of the best snorkeling adventures we have had! And the crew was professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We've lived in Florida our whole lives but had never been to Looe Key. It's the kind of place you'd expect in the Virgin Islands. The water was crystal clear and the fish were colorful and plentiful. We searched Looe Key on youtube prior to our trip and saw the amazing variety of creatures that are out there. Take a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

My boyfriend (now husband) grew up in the Florida Keys, so when I visited his family they took me to Looe Key to snorkel. I was not a very good swimmer and growing up North had very little experience in the water. Looe Key opened my eyes to a whole new world that I wanted to be a part of!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

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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