Leaving Miami, you can travel down the beautiful Overseas Highway to Key Largo. Key Largo is the gateway to the breathtaking Florida Keys that end at the southernmost island, Key West. It’s surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and offers crystal clear aquamarine waters and pristine white sand beaches. Its beautiful beaches include national parks, a national marine sanctuary, and botanical gardens. Because of the gorgeous waters and abundant sea life, Key Largo is one of the USA's most popular destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Renowned for being the country's first undersea park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park includes 70 nautical square miles. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has earned its name. Here you will find entire ecosystems, including the coral and striking tropical fish, not far offshore. If you feel a bit more adventurous, there are ample opportunities for snorkeling and diving in these protected waters. Be sure to look into Silent World Dive Center, where you can schedule a snorkeling excursion on their beautiful boat, or if you want to explore further, you can book a dive excursion and check out the famous Christ of the Abyss. The Visitor Center of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a large saltwater aquarium where you can learn more about the local underwater ecosystem. There are several wonderful beaches to explore in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Cannon Beach is the second Beach in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. After a visit here, you will quickly learn why it has the name Cannon Beach. There are real 17th-century cannons along the sand. You can plan an entire day here and enjoy lunch at one of the shaded picnic tables, and there are places where you can rent a kayak or book a boat tour. Cannon Beach has shallow water with small waves, so it is a great place for even small children to swim and play safely and offers a roped-off swimming area. Water shoes are recommended as there can be rocky areas. These tropical waters have plenty of tropical fish, crabs, shrimp, and other creatures to view while snorkeling. Experienced divers have the opportunity to visit a Spanish shipwreck close to the Beach. If you want a break from water activities, you will find winding nature trails through the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, where you can spot wildlife like birds and iguanas. After a day of activities, you can head to the Lazy Lobster Seafood Restaurant, where you can feast on delicious seafood dishes, pasta, steaks, and vegetarian options. Chef Lupe will even cook your catch if you had a successful day fishing.
Harry Harris Park
Rowell's Waterfront Park
If you have a furry friend you would like to take on an adventure to Key Largo, Rowell's Waterfront Park is a must-visit. This 8-acre park is dog friendly and includes shaded picnic areas, a boat launch, and places to swim.