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Molasses Reef, Key Largo

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#3 of 13 in Parks in Key Largo
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Featuring colorful marine life, Molasses Reef is one of Florida's prime diving and snorkeling locations. The depths of this elaborate reef complex range from 3 m (10 ft) to 30 m (100 ft). While smaller depths allow you to enjoy underwater views with snorkeling equipment, the deeper sections are excellent for drift diving. The long-running protection and conservation programs have kept the reef a secure ecosystem. You can see brain coral, star coral, lobsters, eels, turtles, and a wide selection of fish, including nurse sharks, and rays. You also can see remnants of ships that sunk on the ocean floor. Be sure to follow the instructions of Coast Guard officers who patrol the area, and don't interfere with the wildlife. To visit Molasses Reef and get the most from your holiday in Key Largo, create itinerary details personal to you using our Key Largo vacation trip planner.
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  • It's nice to see a living, natural reef. I'm glad to see it begin protected. Absolutely worth a trip to dive the reef, or even take a glass bottom boat out to it on a calm day.  more »
  • I've dived in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Europe, but this is definitely on my top 5 dive sites of the world. Recommended.  more »
  • Fantastic wildlife! In addition to all the typical salt water variety of reef fish, we saw logger head turtles (one each day), two nurse sharks, and a sting ray partially buried in the sand. It is dee...  more »

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The 53 km (33 mi) island is home to a wide variety of accommodations to suit different tastes and budgets. An ocean-view hotel room can be on the expensive side, and inland motels are considerably cheaper. You can enjoy close proximity to bustling restaurants and bars by booking a room near the marina. A house or condominium rental provides privacy and enables you to enjoy many of the comforts of home while on vacation.
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