Key Largo to Key West: Best of the Florida Keys Updated for 2024

Updated: June 5, 2024

Key Largo to Key West:

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Today we begin in Key Largo, and also make our way all the way down to Key West, as we share with you some of our finest memories. But first up, we take you on an undersea petting zoo experience, and go to Key Largo. You’re going to love it. One of the greatest dives in the place is Captain Slate’s Creature Feature. He and his pets that were underwater have entertained divers for over 30 years. Through the years, Captain Slate has formed a name for himself by his extreme, and some would say eccentric, process of feeding these creatures.

What an experience to be close to these spectacular fish. The key event of the creature feature could be seeing Captain Slate feed Psycho the barracuda. I do need to to stress as Captain Slate continues to be feeding in this place for more than 30 years to not try this on your own, and has developed a rapport with one of these creatures. The dive lasts about thirty minutes at 40 feet down. Therefore it’s a fantastic experience for beginning divers. Investigating marine life underwater, unquestionably among the most awesome ways to do Florida. Hey, next up it is back casting, with a bit of stripping, as we show you how to do fly fishing and line management. Our day would start early, with a 45-minute boat ride into the Everglades National Park.

[Larry] Good job, guy. Observe your line, keep it away from your own feet. And it’s the best fish, a snook, delightful. Writer Isaac Walton called fly fishing the contemplative man’s recreation. Well, Isaac was right, because I spent most of the day considering what the heck I was doing. This where you set your hand right here, Larry? A sport in all my life has never so humbled me. It was clearly one of the very intense and enjoyable fishing experiences I Have ever had.

As we show you the way to do lobstering to tickle a number of the most tasty bugs on this particular planet. Lobstering in the Florida Keys is a longstanding Florida convention. It’s as if Spanish gold is sprinkled all throughout the Keys every year. And the treasure hunt is on. Islamorada is one of the premier places to hunt lobster. It is lots of persistence and also fun, safe, and having a little luck, you’ll be feasting on among God’s best gifts to man, the Florida spiny lobster. The water is warm and wonderful. And more to the point, accessible to snorklers. And also you is able to see where they get their name, they are full of– – [Guide] Whoa. – They’re full of spines, and they are slick. Lobstering definitely gets into your blood.

Wish to test another spot? We are trying to find lobster, so we have got to keep looking. Whew! I found myself getting excited about bringing my family down here to have lobstering in the Florida Keys, which is really a unique Florida encounter. I’d encourage you to come down here and give it a go. And now, we’re taking the international highway to its final stop. That is right, the southernmost city, Key West, as we show you the way to do wreck diving in America.

Pete Johnson

This retired US Air Force missile tracking ship was deliberately sunk off the coast of Key West in May of 2009. With her final mission complete, the USS Vandenburg is now the second-largest artificial reef in the world. The superstructure is only 45 feet below the top, which makes it a simple, accessible dive, since this boat is really massive. Wreck diving does not compare to any other diving experience I’ve ever had. Descending into the depths, seeing the remains of a once-great military boat resting in peace, was mystical and exciting. The life that appeared from all was inspiring, mesmerizing, and unforgettable. The locals call the islands which make up the Florida Keys the Conch Republic. That is because, despite the fact that the Florida Keys is technically a part of Florida, it simply looks and feel like a whole other area down here. It is an absolute Mecca for water sports fishing, and also a cool, laid back lifestyle like in the Sunshine State. Experiencing the Florida Keys is certainly one of my personal favorite approaches to do Florida.


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