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Key Largo’s Best Water Sports

Enjoy some of Key Largo’s best water sports, right outside your front door when you stay at the Coconut Palm Inn. Stay close to world-class diving sites and must-see attractions like John Pennekamp State Park—just a short 20 minute drive away. Our beachfront location offers the perfect place to relax after a long day of fun in the sun.

World-Class Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Upper Keys offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the area, particularly off the coast of Key Largo. If you’re a seasoned snorkeler or certified scuba diver and prefer more of a self-guided experience, you can rent any necessary equipment at one of Key Largo’s many local dive shops. If you’re a beginner, looking to get certified or prefer a professional to show you the sites, visit the Key Largo Diving Directory for a list of nearby dive centers. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, you’re sure to see unforgettable sights. We’ve listed some of our must-see diving and snorkeling hot spots here but for a full list, check out ScubaDiving.com’s in-depth guide.

Key Largo Dry Rocks (10-25 ft. deep)

Extremely popular with scuba divers and snorkelers alike, this site is a Key Largo legend. Visitors will marvel at the famous Christ of the Abyss statue, beautiful brain coral formations and plenty of tropical sea life, like barracuda and snapper.

Molasses Reef (15-55 ft. deep)
Abundant with sea life, this reef is the dream for divers and snorkelers, alike. Visitors can observe grouper, snapper, angelfish and barracuda, as well as the occasional turtle, ray and even shark.

French Reef (25-100 ft. deep)
Truly a sight to be seen, this reef is characterized by mini-caves, overhangs and swim-throughs, where moray eels, snapper and grouper call home.

The Elbow (10-35 ft. deep)
Often called “Wreck Reef,” visitors can view the remains of the City of Washington ship wreck, as well as angelfish, snapper and tropical coral formations.

The Duane and Bibb (70-150 ft. deep) / Spiegel Grove (60-130 ft.) / Eagle Wreck (75-120 ft.)
Suitable for intermediate to advanced divers due to the depth and occasional stiff currents, wreck enthusiasts will love diving these artificial reefs born from planned ship sinkings. Observe large fish like amberjack, barracuda, goliath grouper and cobia. Some wrecks even permit advanced divers to go inside the vessels themselves.

Kayaking & Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Prefer to stay above water? Grab a kayak or stand-up paddle board and get up close and personal with the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary. Peer through the crystal clear water or observe the Florida mangroves and their booming eco system. Whether you choose to bring your own kayak or stand-up paddle board, or take advantage of ours, which are free for guest use, you can easily launch right off our beach and begin your adventure right here from our protected lagoon.

Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

Why not rent a boat or Jet Ski during your trip? Explore the Keys like a local, go fishing or snorkeling on your schedule and experience local gems like the famous Islamorada Sandbar. A1A Watersports & Boat Rentals offers a selection of boats to accommodate up to 14 passengers and Jet Skis from 1 to 3 people. Rentals are available for a little as a half-day all the way up to a weekly and monthly basis. Their Tavernier location (which rents boats only) is less than 5 minutes down the road from the Coconut Palm Inn and their main location in Islamorada (offering boat and Jet Ski rentals) is just 10 miles south of us at mile marker 82.7. They also rent fishing and snorkeling gear.

Guided Tours

If you’d rather let someone else do the driving, choose from a wide variety of guided tours offered throughout the Keys. A Family Fun Boat Tour Co. offers private guided snorkeling and sightseeing trips, eco tours and sunset cruises. Their main location is less than 10 miles south of the Coconut Palm Inn on Islamorada and tours depart just 10 minutes away from our location. Our friendly front desk would be happy to offer additional recommendations for you or your group based on your interests.

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