Sunset over Key Largo, Florida (Florida Keys CVB)

Fishing in Key Largo, Florida (Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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What to do in Key Largo

Slipping beneath the Atlantic over Molasses Reef, you’d be forgiven for mistaking Key Largo’s bustling oceanic setting for the Caribbean. In John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, stands of elkhorn coral stretch their antler-like arms to the beating sun. Angelfish graze among the sponges and sea fans, framed above water by a mantle of clear-blue sea. Ubiquitous blue-striped grunts pack fins-to-gills beneath limestone ledges, bobbing and weaving with the currents. Despite similarities below the surface, Key Largo holds an ace over Caribbean dive hot-spots: accessibility. Just a short drive from Miami, the long, low rock island is the epicenter of scuba diving in the United States—an unassuming diver’s corridor where the main amenity is access to the water, and taking advantage is as simple as falling out of bed and onto a waiting dive boat.

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Lacy rates Key Largo
Although it's in Florida, Key Largo isn't the beach vacation that many have imagined. Scuba diving is king around here, that and drinking alcohol. Scuba diving companies line the one main road that leads you through this tiny laid-back town. Off roads are often gravel, and houses often have weathered boats parked in front of them. There are several little bars that you can go for a drink after a day on the water. A gourmet meal is hard to come by, but there are a couple ma and pa type restaurants that will grill up your day's catch. The anything goes attitude in Key Largo can be intoxicating to the outsider, though I found it a bit suffocating after a longer stay. If you're looking for a quiet getaway to get certified as a diver, and you don't need any of the fancy resorts, Key Largo is for you!
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  • What's the best dive shop in Key Largo?
    I'm looking to go on a dive trip to Key Largo. I'm wondering what the best dive shop is in town. I'm looking for a friendly crew that knows the best spots on the reef and wrecks to explore. I'm an experienced diver, but haven't explored the keys before.

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