A PADI 5-Star Resort Center, the dutiful divers at Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo have been helping beginner snorkelers hone their natatory know-how for more than 35 years. Prospective plungers will commence their salty sojourn with easy-to-grasp snorkeling instruction in safe, shallow water before moving on to the well-tended waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. While each trip's particular dive site is determined by that day's weather conditions and the status of Poseidon's zoning permits, possible destinations may include the azure eddies and bustling sea life of Molasses Reef or the reverent beauty of Key Largo Dry Rocks Reef––home to a replica of Italy's famous ¬Christ of the Abyss statue and colonies of brain coral, known for their grooved ridges and ability to control the market price of lobster with their thoughts.
Florida Keys Stand Up Paddleboards makes use of a private stretch of beach right in front of Marker 88, a popular restaurant and bar in Key Largo. Instructors Christi Allen and Lizzie Wood specialize in Pilates and yoga, respectively, and they often teach their classes on paddleboards. That's right?students actually stretch into the various poses as the water shifts slightly beneath them, lending an additional core exercise (not to mention some beautiful scenery) to each workout.
Of course, the paddleboards are also available to rent recreationally, as are a number of kayaks and fish-drawn chariots. Many a pleasant day can be spent paddling along the beach before retiring to Marker 88 for food, drinks, and live music. Christi and Lizzie even provide beach-side child care, keeping kids engaged with games and water sports.
Sail Fish Scuba owners Chris and Jennifer Kerr want their clients to be able to do it all, exploring the water above and below with the necessary equipment, skills, and know-how. Beginner and advanced scuba divers can begin or further their underwater educations, or head out on one of the guided reef and wreck dives in a number of locales. Snorkeling outings are ideal for more casual explorers, as no extensive training is needed for open-water dives, and guides snap photos of participants during the trip that they can show to all their envious camel friends. Other outings include guided kayak tours, or leisurely boat rides through the mangrove trees.
Most Popular Service: Sunset sailing
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Bring grub or grog; small coolers are welcome.