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Molasses Reef, 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. Put Molasses Reef on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Key Largo online travel route builder .
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  • Dove a couple of sites on Molasses Reef. Two notable sites were the Winch Hole and Northstar. Plenty of reef life The usual characters were there and plentiful. Parrot and Trigger fish abound in varie...  more »
  • have you never scuba dived or snorkeled? want to take the kids or pics? THIS IS THE SPOT! great for beginners, I prefer the middle of the day for the clearest views!  more »
  • Went to two different sites on this reef and saw many spectacular sights. It was like watching a Plant Earth or National Geographic video. Everywhere you look is just breath taking. Nothing like looki...  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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