Why Snorkelers Love Key West

Key West Diving & Snorkeling by l_handman

In the middle of warm, shallow tropical waters on the sides, it’s really no surprise the Florida Keys certainly are a leading goal for dive and snorkel aficionadoes to visit any time of year.

Both those visiting the area and full-time residents enjoy snorkeling above the a huge number of coral outcroppings that comprise the Florida Reef system. The waters are incredibly clear, and the aquatic life is colorful and abundant. And the attraction is unique. The truth is, if you wish to dive a living barrier reef, the Florida Keys are your only option in North America.

And Key West is the jewel in the crown of the Florida Keys when it comes to snorkeling. Just how popular is snorkeling in Key West? Conchs and those visiting the area spend upwards of $150 million annually at reef-related businesses,helping to support literally thousands of local jobs.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the Florida Barrier Reef the the home of three dozen varieties of stony corals. And these corals–which are colorfully beautiful on their own–as a group provide homes for more than 500 tropical fish species, plus other interesting creatures, for example sea urchins, crabs and shrimp. With much to see, it is no wonder that men and women travel from halfway around the world to snorkel Key West.

There is a Key West snorkel or dive trip that’s great for you, no matter your level of experience (or lack of experience) or how deep you’d like to dive. Dive tour operators offer a variety of different snorkel and Deep-sea diving excursions. The majority are simply snorkeling trips, but other trips combine snorkeling with glass bottom boat trips, dolphin watching, sunset cruises and other watersports adventures.

This article was provided by FlowersKeyWest.com.

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