Florida scuba diving: Unsure whether you should go to Key Largo or Key West or both? But, then again, maybe Miami or Palm Beach? It’s a big place with so many fascinating choices and different types of dive sites such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, caves and other areas to explore.
You know that Florida is hot, has clear blue skies and inviting, warm, crystal clear waters, but where are the best dive sites?
Imagine travelling to Florida and missing the opportunity to dive one of the most colorful and photographed coral reefs in the world such as Molasses Reef or wreck dive one of the largest ships ever deliberately sunk, the USS Spiegel Grove, because of poor planning or lack of local knowledge.
Here you will be able to explore the different areas such as Miami which has a large number of artificial reefs created as part of an ongoing program; or Key Largo with its natural reefs such as Molasses Reef. Depending on where you dive in Florida the reefs and wrecks present different scenery and challenges and there is something for everyone.
If you’re on a family vacation and not every member scuba dives what are they supposed to do while you’re enjoying yourself hand feeding barracuda or taking close up pictures of nurse sharks?
When you’re not diving where should you stay and eat, and how do you know your getting the best value for your dollars? Should you stay in a hotel or save money and stay in a hostel. Everything you need to know about planning a scuba diving trip in Florida is here.
Throughout this guide you will meet Terence the Turtle, your personal Florida scuba diving friend.
Terence will give you hot Florida scuba diving tips to ensure you get the best from your scuba dives..
With coral reefs washed by the Gulf Stream ablaze with color and life, and a multitude of wrecks waiting to be explored in crystal clear waters this is one diving experience you will want to plan carefully.
So, take a deep breath and relax. With the help of this free on line guide your Florida scuba diving experience will be one that you will never forget.
Scuba diving is a passion of mine. When my 12yr old daughter and I completed our Padi ‘open water’ dives in a 30ft deep reservoir with a water temperature of just 2 degrees, and a visibility of just 10ft, and still came up smiling; we knew we had been hooked!
Florida Places to Stay and Places to Eat
Over the years during our travels exploring some of the great dive sites around the Florida coast I have kept notes and logs of our experiences both in and out of the water.
If it’s your first trip to Florida, we suggest visiting Key Largo, the self-proclaimed diving capital of the world. This is a great place to begin your underwater and on-land exploration, and we can certainly recommend the best dive sites and restaurants as well as the best vacation hotels and inns.
Many Key Largo hotels offer on-site scuba instruction or equipment rentals so you can get the most out of your stay. If you’re like us, however, as soon as you leave you’ll begin planning your next trip to Florida to explore more of the state’s water and land attractions.
Now, to help you plan your Florida scuba diving trips we will share our discoveries, comment on places where we have been or stayed, recommend local dive centers and of course dive sites.
We will also suggest onshore topics such as the best places to buy a burger when you come ashore – top on my daughter’s list of priorities!
So, let’s buddy up and explore this site together…