South of Miami, there is a whole string of islands called the Keys, connected by a road bridges all the way to Key West. Part of the lure of the Florida Keys is that it is the only Caribbean getaway that you can drive to (from the USA). Another plus is the wide varietey of diving from Shallow Reefs to deep wrecks. The diving industry is very well developed in the Keys and you will find dive shops to take you out everywhere.
Best Diving Destinations in Florida Keys
There is very good diving all over the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Many divers think the Florida Keys begin in Key Largo and end in Key West. North of Key Largo is Biscayne National Park, which includes a big strech of reef along the ocean side of Old Rhodes Key and Elliot Key. A deep wall, shallow reefs and some nice wrecks can be visited from the park’s headquarter, locted off Florida’s Turnpike between Miami and Key Largo. The Keys also have some interesting wrecks to explore.
When to Visit Florida Keys
There is diving year round. Just watch out for the occassional hurricanes. Water temperatures range from 74°F – 86°F on hot summer days when seas are typically flat. Visibility can vary day to day depending on the wind and the currents.