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Surrounded by water Florida is a mecca for snorkeling. The best places to snorkel are on coral reefs where you will see many kinds of fish and other marine life.
Florida has the largest barrier reef in North America. The barrier reef is 221 miles long and runs from the northern tip of Key Biscayne off Miami south down to Dry Tortugas. There are many excellent snorkeling and diving spots on the barrier reef.
There are small detached reefs called patch reefs starting off the coast of Stuart Florida and running south down the coast of Florida.
Snorkeling in Florida can be done year round because the water is relatively warm.
If you are going to snorkel or dive in Florida it’s critical that learn a very simple rule to help protect the Reefs.
Never touch the reef. It is alive and touching the reef, standing on the reef, or making any contact with reef kills it.
If you are taking your own boat to dive on a reef then do not anchor on the reef - look for a sandy area nearby to anchor. In some areas there are buoys that you can tie up to.
Snorkeling in the Florida Keys
The Keys have the absolute best snorkeling with crystal clear water and both the barrier reef and patch reefs everywhere.
To find a snorkel spot your best bet is to visit a local dive shop and get the locations.
Books about Diving and Dive Charts
There are many books about diving in Florida and Florida Reefs and most boating stores and dive shops sell charts, which are maps with diving locations.
Many dive charts such as Top Spots describe the types of fish and other marine animals you will find on at each snorkeling location.