Alligator Reef Light House
Alligator Reef Light House
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This historic lighthouse off the east coast of Florida Keys was named after a pirate ship that sank in that location over a century ago. So don't worry, there aren't actually any alligators found here! Today, the now decommissioned lighthouse marks the wreck of the ship and teems with marine life and corals in its crystal clear waters, making it a popular spot for snorkeling. You can get up close to the lighthouse on a boat or jet ski tour, which sometimes also include stops at the nearby sand bars and other spots around Islamorada. – Tripadvisor
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Amanda C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We loved this trip! Book with Reef Quest Eco Tours! They let us build our own custom trip to both Alligator Lighthouse and the Islamorada sandbar. Beautiful experience. Great customer service and fair prices! Captain Juan was awesome.
Written June 6, 2023
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Whit H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This is an awesome snorkel spot. We went out with Aquablue Adventures on their combination day boat trip that stops at the Sandbar and snorkel spots. We thought we'd be here for 45 minutes and then ready to go to the Sandbar, but it was so clear and beautiful, after we snorkeled, we swam and floated for a while... went to Islamorada Sandbar at low tide. It was great too, but more social.
Written December 25, 2020
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Mauricio
Naples, FL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We brought our jet ski to Islamorada and was really worth it. 30 minutes ride to the reef and I was amazed with the water color and the life underwater. A lot of fishes, stingray and a few sharks. Loved it.
Written July 21, 2021
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TJ K
Chicago, IL89 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I wanted to try Snuba, found Sundance Watersports out Robbies, and Alligator Reef is where they took us. The reef was ~okay in the deeper (20 ft) areas. But it was almost depressing how bleached the corals were in the shallow areas (6 ft) just west of the light house.
We also went to Looe Key and Biscayne Bay that week on other tours. And we've been Pennekamp State Park a few years ago (not sure what it looks like now). All were in much better condition than Alligator Reef.
Written May 23, 2022
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Jon S
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I was on 6 dives all within a short distance of the light house. They varied from 20 feet to 60 feet in depth with a variety of sea life. The water temp was between 73 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I'm sure it is much warmer in the summer. Visibility varied from day to day from 15 feet to 75 feet. It was also the first time I saw a Goliath Grouper.
Written January 26, 2020
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Yvette Lyn
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
By far, I have loved every time we've motored out to the lighthouse. Only accessible by boat, it's worth the effort to get here. The water is crystal clear and snorkeling here is absolutely amazing! It's like swimming in an aquarium. Perfect for spotting mermaids! Just keep an eye out for the HUGE barracuda ... they are rather intimidating.
Written May 25, 2022
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Igtbld
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Gorgeous water and every fish you can imagine swims around here. The only issue I had was some seasickness as there were 2-3 foot waves while I was in the water. Was worth the 45 minutes of queasiness, but if I do it again, I'll definitely pick a less windy day.
Written July 29, 2021
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FloridaKeysMike
Tupelo, Mississipi, United States4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Absolutely horrible, visibility was terrible, lots of predatory fish and sharks, got sunburned, there is no fresh water out there, we expected to see alligators but didn't and the salt water is, well salty.
Written August 22, 2018
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Skip K
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went out to the Aligator Reen lighthouse for a snorkeling adventure with some friend. There are mooring balls provided to tie to to so your anchor doesn't destroy the fragile coral reef. The day we went the water was calm and clear and the fish abundant. Rent a boat, go on a charter or find a friend with a boat the go snorkel the reef. Please consider making a donation to save the reef lighthouses.
Written February 12, 2019
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SCTraveller
Lexington, SC19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I am reading these other poor reviews and thinking— what??? There are no alligators (???)— it’s an offshore lighthouse, not a swamp. There is no fresh water— because it’s in the ocean... 🤦🏼‍♀️ God help us all.
Written October 27, 2020
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