Grab a map of Florida and you’ll see why there are as many diving opportunities as there are gators in the glades. Looking much like a long finger pointing into the blue oceanic waters, many of the best dive sites are within a few short hours drive from just about anywhere in the state.

You could dive from spots at the top of the Panhandle to the bottom of the Florida Keys – and every place in between.

Best Place to Snorkel: Dry Tortugas National Park
Whether you are a beginner or expert, you’ll agree that some of the best snorkeling in North America is found on this coral island some 70 miles west of Key West. Under the massive ramparts of Fort Jefferson and lying on a carpet of brilliant white sand is a myriad of colorful tropical fish and living coral.

The shallow waters make this area perfect for first time snorkelers. You’ll see lots of colorful corals, several varieties of tropical fish, starfish, queen conchs and much more in this protected marine sanctuary. A great addition to your snorkel experience is a side trip to the Windjammer wreck. This 200-foot Schooner wreck, located just off Loggerhead Key, is home to thousands of tropical fish and spiny lobster.

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