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"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
– Aristotle
 

The location provides direct ocean access in one of the finest diving and fishing areas anywhere. Incredible diving experiences are available at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park only minutes down the road. Fishing trips of all types are widely available, especially in nearby Islamorada.

UPPER KEYS CORAL REEF                                                     

                              CORAL REEF  YOU TUBE                         

The Upper Keys Coral Reef is a dive conservation marine habitat. John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park was founded in 1960. The Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary was created 1975. As a result, the reef has been protected. The reef is uniquely rich coral environment where the 600 species of tropical fish are numerous. This is a paradise for diver and snorkeler.

Florida is the only state in the continen tal United States to have coral reef formations near its coasts. The Florida reef tract is the most extensive living coral reef system in North American. The coral reef begins about 3 miles off-shore. This fantastic coral reef provides such a complete barrier against wave action and coastal erosion ( our sandy beach is under water at the reef ). Reefs are ecologically important ecosystems and have a high biodiversity. The reef is a complex intereaction of plants and animals.There are two types of corals,hard and soft coral. Hard corals are the core of the reef. It provides a habitat for countless inhabitants. It supplies them with an environment to carry out their daily functions.

            

The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys is an  ecosystems connected by surface and subsurface water movements. The South Florida hydroscape, is a series of ecosystems linked by hydrology in a region of intense human development and profound modifications to the natural environment.

Key Largo is abundant with charm. Please take your time and realize all Key Largo has to offer!

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THE CORAL REEF SYSTEM

The reef is effected by human and environmental factors .Some of these factors are biological competition, predation, disease, pollutants, temperature,salinity variation,and water clarity. The coral becomes sick, unhealthy and dies. The dead coral turns white, this process is called bleaching.


TYPES OF CORAL FOUND ON THE UPPER KEYS CORAL REEF  A LOOK AT CORALS  

  • STAGHORN CORAL
  • ELKHORN CORAL
  • BRAIN CORAL
  • STAR CORAL
  • PILLAR CORAL
  • BOULDER CORAL
  • FIRE CORAL
  • LEAFT STINGING CORAL

      MOLASSES REEF

      MOLASSES TOWER

       KEY LARGO

    SOFT CORAL ** GORGONIANS

    These coral are mistaken for plants. They are perimently attached to the bottom. But are flexible and move freely with the current and aid in the feeding web. From O feet to 30 feet the vertical corals and soft corals are in abundance. At 30 feet to 45 feet Large barrel sponges and tube sponges are abundant. With the abundance of sponges, green turtles and hawksbill turtles, as well as midnight parrotfish are often seen. Going down to 45 to 50 feet sponges and sea fans clearly dominate the sea floor. With the occasional giant heads or mounds of star coral.

  • SEA FAN CORAL
  • SEA ROD CORAL
  • SEA WHIP CORAL
  • SEA FEATHER CORAL

    SailingDIVE SITES OFF THE FLORIDA KEYS

    GRECIAN ROCKS

       Mile Marker: 106 Location: N 25 deg 06.70 min W 80 deg 18.55 min Markers: Mooring Buoys G1-G12; Wooden Marker Depth Range: 3 to 35 feet Grecian Rocks is a crescent-shaped patch reef located just south-southwest of Key Largo Dry Rocks and is marked by a wooden marker and 12 mooring buoys designated with the letter "G". The reef itself is half a mile long, running from north to south, and 150 yards wide. Grecian Rocks is a very interesting dive site because similar to that of most outer bank reefs in the area.Divers can explore the spur and groove system that is covered by a large variety of corals.Divers can enjoy the calm conditions of this inshore reefs. In the deep areas of Greican Rocks are boulders of giant star coral, star coral, starlet coral, and brain coral.Sea fans and a variety of sponges are abundent.It is home to stoplight parrotfish, princess parrotfish, queen parrotfish, and blue parrotfish, and the great barracuda.There is an old Spanish cannon 75 feet south of this area. At shallower waters, branching corals become more and abundant until they are completely dominate at the reef crest. Giant golden-brown elkhorn coral cover the reef crest.Grecian Rocks is the shallowest of all the reefs in the Upper Keys and is exposed at low tide.Behind the reef is a large white sand plateau that is partially overgrown by turtle grass.The plateau is only 3 to 6 feet deep and makes it ideal for snorkeling.

    The beautiful Florida Keys has the only living Coral Reef in the continental United States. It is your's for swimming, scuba, snorkel or a glass bottom boat tour. The reef starts just off Miami and continues to the dry Tortugas. For almost 200 miles,the Florida Keys strech across shallow, tropical waters. The Coral reef is a marine habitat that will dazzle you..

    The reef ecosystem is of great complexity.There are 40 species of coral that inhabit the reef, 650 fish species, assortment of sponges and other invertebrate life.

    Most coral reef coloies form in water at least 20 feet deep.Because the upper keys are high and generally long with few channels for water to flow through and impede coral growth. That is one reason there are many outer reefs in the Upper Keys.Also the Florida Current supplies the Atlantic side of the Keys with a constant flow of tropical waters.

    The Upper Keys are composed of a 120,000 year old fossil reef formation of Key Largo Limestone.

    Stony corals are the major reef architects. Polyps, the living portion of the coral, extract calcium from seawater and combine it with carbon dioxide to construct the elaborate limestone skeletons that form the reef backbone. Coral polyps are united into colonies. An individual colony grows one-half to seven inches a year, depending on the species. Corals start life as free-living larvae that later settle on the sea floor and develop into massive, sedentary limestone formations. 


        Coral reefs consist of many species of corals. Corals are made up of tiny organisms called polyps. A polyp is made up or two cell layers: the epidermis and the gastrodermis. The non-tissue layer between the gastrodermis and the epidermis is called the mesoglea. The polyp contains mesentery filaments, which contain nematocysts used in food capture, a pharynx, endothecal dissepiments (horizontal layers of skeletal material) and the columella (the central axis of the corallite found below the mouth). The corallite is the part of the skeleton deposited by one polyp. The skeletal wall around each polyp is called the theca. Other structures include the calice (the upper opening of the corallite), the coenosarc (the coral tissue that stretches over the surface of the coral between the polyps), the coenosteum (the skeletal material around the corallites), and the corallum, which is the skeleton of the coral. The coral anatomy also includes calcareous plate-like structure known as septa. The septa radiate from the wall to the center of the corallite. There are two types of septa: insert septa which lie below the corallite wall and exsert septa which protrude above the corallite wall. Corals are of two types: perforate and imperforate. Perforate corals have porous skeletons with connections between the polyps through the skeleton. Imperforate corals have solid skeletons. Many corals have different growth forms. They can be plocoid as in Tubastrea coccinea (orange cup coral) and Favia fragum (golf ball coral). They can also be meandroid in which corallites form a series within the same walls, as in the species Dendrogyra cylindrus (pillar coral). Other growth forms include cocoid, spherical shaped and phalecoid, as in Eusmilia fastigiata. 


    The Coral Reefs in the Key Largo area have many excellent dive spots. These patch reefs can be spotted from the surface or by putting your head in the water and trolling from behind a boat. Look for a spot  that has dense coral growth patterns and offers a variety of terrains.

    Key Largo is abundant with charming restaurants, and things to do. Please take your time and realize all Key Largo has to offer! Key Largo, has a warm, nostalgic feeling? It may be because you have memories of the Bogart and McCall movie KEY LARGO or because of the song by Bertie Higgins?

  • CORAL REEF  YOU TUBE

      01. Blue Tang
      02. Stoplight Parrotfish
      03. Yellowtail Snapper
      04. Bluehead
      05. Sergeant Major
      06. Bicolor Damselfish
      07. French Grunt
      08. Bluestriped Grunt
      09. Ocean Surgeonfish
      10. Foureye Butterflyfish


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    Key Largo is known as the "Diving Capital of the World" while Islamorada is called the "Sport Fishing Capital".
     
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    DIVE SITES KEY LARGO AND FLORIDA KEY'S DIVE SPOTS  Grecian dive spot,Turtle Reef, Spiegel Grove , Molasses Reef, Christ OF THE DEEP STATUE, Blue Hole, Bib and Duane dive wrecks, French Reef, Benwood wreck, Caryfort Reef, Elbow Reef,Key Largo Dry Rocks shipwrecks and coral reef
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    DIVE CHARTERS AND SHOPS OF THE UPPER KEYS

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    ADMIRAL DIVE, MM 105, Key Largo, 305-451-1114
    AMERICAN DIVING HEADQUARTERS, MM 105.8, Key Largo, 305-451-0037
    BUD N' MARY'S DIVE CENTER, MM 79.5, Islamorada, 305-664-2211
    CAPT. SLATE'S ATLANTIS DIVE CENTER, 51 Garden Cove Dr., Key Largo, 305-451-3020
    CARIBBEAN WATER SPORTS, 81808 O/S Hwy., Upper Matecumbe, 305-664-9547
    CONCH REPUBLIC DIVERS INC., MM 90.8, Tavernier, 305-852-1655
    DIVE SHOP AT OCEAN REEF CLUB, Sea Things Fishing Village Shopping Center, N. Key Largo, 305-367-3051
    DIVERS CITY USA, MM 104, Oceanside, Key Largo, 305-451-4554, 800-649-4659
    DIVERS DIRECT OUTLET STORE, MM 105.9, Key Largo, 305-451-0815, 800-DIVE USA
    DIXIE DIVERS OF KEY LARGO, MM 103.4, Pink Plaza, Key Largo, 305-453-9588
    DOLPHIN DIVERS, 200 Florida Ave., Tavernier, 305-852-3627
    DUAL PORPOISE, 510 Ocean Way, Key Largo, 305-394-0417
    FLORIDA KEYS DIVE CENTER, MM 90.5, Oceanside, Plantation Key, 305-852-4599
    H20 ADVENTURES, 139 Seaside Ave., Key Largo, 305-853-0600
    HMS MINNOW CHARTERS INC., Holiday Inn Marina, MM 100, Key Largo, 305-451-7834
    HOLIDAY DIVER, MM 105.9, Key Largo, 305-453-7260
    HOLIDAY ISLE DIVE SHOP, MM 84, Islamorada, 305-664-3483
    HORIZON DIVERS, 100 Ocean Dr., Key Largo, 305-453-3535
    ISLAND REEF DIVERS, 3 Seagate Blvd., Key Largo, 305-453-9456
    ISLAND VENTURES, Key Largo, 305-451-4957
    IT'S A DIVE, Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, MM 103.8,Key Largo, 305-453-9881, 800-809-9881
    JULES UNDERSEA LODGE, 51 Shoreland Dr., Key Largo, 305-451-2353
    KELLY'S ON THE BAY, MM 104 Bayside, Key Largo, 305-451-1622, 800-226-0415
    KEY LARGO DIVE & RESORT, PO Box 185, Key Largo, 305-852-5349
    KEY LARGO REEF DIVERS, MM 100.4, Key Largo, 305-451-2533
    KEYS DIVER SNORKEL TRIPS , 99698 O/S Hwy., Key Largo, 305-451-1177
    LADY CYANA DIVERS, MM 85.9, Islamorada, 305-664-8717
    LARGO BAY WATER ADVENTURES, Hideout Restaurant Marina, MM 103.2 Oceanside, Key Largo, 305-451-3839
    MARINERS CLUB RESORT, 97501 O/S Hwy., Key Largo, 305-853-9899
    OCEAN DIVERS, 522 Caribbean Dr., MM 100, Key Largo, 305-451-1113
    OCEAN QUEST DIVE CENTER, 85500 US Highway 1, Islamorada, 305-664-4401
    PARADISE CHARTERS OF KEY LARGO, 305-453-0909
    PENNEKAMP STATE PARK CONCESSION, MM 102.6, Key Largo, 305-451-1621
    QUICKSILVER CATAMARAN, Key Largo, 305-451-0105
    QUIESCENCE DIVING SERVICES INC., MM 103.5, Key Largo, 305-451-2440
    RAINBOW REEF DIVE CENTER, 84977 O/S Hwy., Oceanside, Islamorada, 305-664-4600
    SCUBA-DO CHARTERS, 522 Caribbean Dr., Key Largo, 305-451-3446
    SCUBA NETWORK, MM 106, Key Largo, 305-451-2225
    SEA DWELLERS DIVE CENTER, MM 99.8, Bayside, Key Largo, 305-451-3640
    SHARK'YS DIVE CENTER, 99701 O/S Hwy., Key Largo, 305-451-5533
    SILENT WORLD DIVE CENTER, Central Plaza, MM 103.2, Bayside, Key Largo, 305-451-3252
    SPLASH WATER SPORT RENTALS, 84457 Old O/S Hwy., Islamorada, 305-664-8892
    STARFISH CHARTERS, Mariners Club Resort, MM 97.5, Key Largo,305-853-9899, 305-394-0886
    SUNDIVER STATION, MM 102.8, Key Largo, 305-451-2220
    TAVERNIER DIVE CENTER, 90791 O/S Hwy., Tavernier, 305-852-4007
    WORLD DOWN UNDER, Hampton Inn & Suites, MM 80 Oceanside, Islamorada, 305-664-9312
    WORLD WATERSPORTS/KEY LARGO, 99621 O/S Hwy., Key Largo, 305-451-0118, 
    800-2-GET WET
    WRECK DIVER CHARTERS, 19 Coral Dr. (MM 103.2 Oceanside,) Key Largo, 305-451-3900

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    OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

    Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
    About 90 miles east of Key West.



    Rates (in US Dollars )
    Sep 01-Dec 15 ... $125/night .. $ 800/week. (3 night min)
    Dec 16-Aug 31 ... $150/night .. $ 950/week. (3 night min)
    Holidays ........ $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
    Special Events .. $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
    Special Events includes Mini + Open Lobster Season.
    20 % deposit required to make a reservation.
    Refundable up to 30 days before arrival date.
    
    Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
     

     
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