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Sombrero Reef

Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-289-0614
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Reef is in very, very poor shape, covered in sand, minimal colors and fish are scarce.

Went there today, water was rolling less than foot waves but it is still cloudy, broken ropes are... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Hancock, New York
Good Keys Reef

Visited the reef with Spirit Snorkelling a well organised large boat. See my separate review. The... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2017
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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This is a spur-and-groove coral reef, sitting on the outer banks offshore of Vaca Key, characterized by large fingers of coral, separated by narrow sandbeds.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“parrot fish” (23 reviews)
“mooring balls” (9 reviews)
“tie up” (8 reviews)
Marathon, FL 33050
+1 305-289-0614

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went there today, water was rolling less than foot waves but it is still cloudy, broken ropes are strung all over. No color to see just gray and white. Hardly any fish as this reef was hit hard by Hurricane Irma unfortunately. Broken coral layers...More

1  Thank tinan222
Reviewed September 23, 2017

Visited the reef with Spirit Snorkelling a well organised large boat. See my separate review. The water was warm and calm .There were numerous boats but there was plenty of room on the reef for everyone. The visibility was reduced by particulate matter. There was...More

Thank traveldoc65
Reviewed September 8, 2017

You need to rent a boat or take a charter to the Sombrero lighthouse. It is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. For the beginner diver, it is really nice since there are fingers of channels from the lighthouse outward. It isn't too deep...More

Thank Jane G
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Sombrero reef is a few miles away from Marathon and it is the perfect place for snorkeling and diving. The water is and the reef are beautiful, and the tropic fish abound. One can see lots of angelfish, yellowtail, parrot fish, snappers, barracuda, etc. The...More

Thank Germaine S
Reviewed August 28, 2017

What's to say!? I was like a kid in a candy store!! We saw a nurse shark, saw the most beautiful angel fish and parrot fish I have EVER seen, and the brightest colored purples in the sea fans. The fish were playful and curious,...More

Thank beckylaliberte
Reviewed August 17, 2017

My family took a charter out to Sombrero Reef (The Starfish Charter) and it was FANTASTIC! Tons of fish and coral to snorkel around. Everyone should come swim the reef at least once. My kids (14 & 6) really enjoyed it. I recommend taking a...More

2  Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Max depth 35 ft. Clear water; up to 40 ft viz Variety of tropical fish. Mammels include sting rays, leopard rays spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks, bull sharks,and lemon sharks. Moorings are provided.Sea waves can come in and resonate the boat. Fishing is prohibited. Pleasant...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed August 16, 2017

Do not leave the Keys without snorkeling at Sombrero Reef. It is as if you are dropped right into an aquarium. We saw nurse sharks, eels, barracuda, many tropical fish, sting rays and other sea life. It was amazing!

2  Thank dragon52017
Reviewed August 15, 2017

Snorkeled the reef. The current was a little strong in the beginning, but so worth it. The amount of life in the reef is amazing. So beautiful.

1  Thank somerevans
Reviewed August 14, 2017

This is a must do snorkel or dive if you are in Marathon. Gorgeous!!! Tildens runs a great trip to there.

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February 8, 2017|
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Response from kaymcclain3 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest a skin. If the sun is out it will be fine since you are on the surface. But don't risk ruining your trip by being cold!!
Arlene C
August 6, 2016|
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Response from UrbanNomadinLA | Reviewed this property |
It takes about 30 minutes to get there by boat.