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Key Largo (Florida Keys)

Key Largo (Florida Keys)

Characteristics

Description

Key Largo is the longest, largest and easternmost island of the Florida
Keys chain, South of Miami. To the north lies Florida Bay and to the south are the Florida Straits and the Atlantic Ocean.
There are no soft sand beaches. A large portion of the upper part of Key Largo is unsettled and protected land, including the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a
6800 acre hardwood hammock that is the primary breeding ground for the endangered American crocodile. This area is closed to the public.

Diving is big business in Key Largo and divers from all around the world are attracted to John Pennekamp
Coral Reef Park , the first underwater park in the United States.

20/08/2014
Update
Be very careful. There are many Coral patches that come up to just within a few inches of the surface. Make sure you anchor on one of the provided Ancorage bouys.
4/03/2014
Update
Coordinates to the Mosquito Banks Tri-Pod are N 25 4.382, W 80 23.567.  Be careful on the East side out about a 1 mile. 
4/03/2014
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Key
Largo est la plus longue, la plus grande et la plus orientale île de la chaîne Keys en Floride, au sud de Miami.
Au nord se trouve la Baie de Floride et au sud sont les détroits de la Floride et l'océan Atlantique.
Il n'y a pas de plages de sable fin. Une grande partie de la partie supérieure de Key Largo est instable et les terres sont protégées, notamment le National Lake
Crocodile
Wildlife Refuge, une zone de 6800 hectares de hamacs feuillus  qui sont le terreau fertile pour le crocodile d'Amérique en voie de disparition. Cette zone est fermée au public.
La plongée sous-marine est une activité importante à Key Largo et des plongeurs de partout dans le monde sont attirés à John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park, le premier parc sous-marin aux États-Unis.
16/04/2012
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Sites around Key Largo (Florida Keys)
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Elliot Key (Florida)

Elliott Key is the northernmost of the true Florida
Keys (those 'keys' which are ancient coral reefs lifted above the present sea level), and the largest key north of Key
Largo. It is located entirely within Biscayne National Park.
It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to ...
18 Apr 10

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo)

The first underwater park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State
Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles.
It is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park.
Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom ...
31 Mar 10

Pickles Reef (Key Largo)

Pickles Reef is located about five and a half nautical miles off the southern part of Key Largo. Visibility is usually 40 to 70 feet, and current isn't ever really too strong. Pickles Reef has no marker or mooring buoys. The depth of the water here ranges from 10' to 25'. It's located ...
1 Apr 10

Long Key (ou Rattlesnake key) (Florida Keys)

Long Key was called Cayo Vivora (Rattlesnake Key) by early Spanish explorers, a reference to the shape of the island, which resembles a snake with its jaws open, rather than to its denizens.
In the early 20th century, Long
Key was the site of a luxurious fishing resort that ...
5 Apr 10

White Bank Dry Rocks (Key largo)

Key Largo
Dry Rocks lies within the boundaries of the previous Key
Largo National Marine Sanctuary.Key Largo Dry Rocks is located seaward of White Banks and extends to an approximate depth of 30 feet. Dry Rocks SPA covers an area of approximately 0.05nm2, or about 16ha, and ...
1 Apr 10

Conch Reef (Key Largo)

Conch Reef has one of the best developed reef wall systems in the
Keys. Conch Reef contains stands of rare pillar coral and provides excellent habitat for conch. The seaward side has one of the best developed reef wall systems in the keys. Octocorals and basket sponges are also ...
1 Apr 10

Molasses Reef (Key Largo)




This is arguably the most beautiful collection of reefs in all of
Florida! Rather than a single site, Molasses is an extensive reef complex with diving depths from about 10 feet to more than 70. At depths ranging from 10-40 feet, Molasses Reef features high profile ...
1 Apr 10

Mosquito Bank (Key Largo)

In the Key Largo Area are Mosquito Banks, at a short distance from the Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Mosquito Bank overlies a concave low-elevation indentation or reentrant in the bedrock depression beneath Hawk Channel. Sediments in Mosquito Bank are mostly muddy sands with ...
31 Mar 10

Christ of the Abyss (Key Largo)

Christ of the Abyss is a 8 1/2 foot, 4,000 pound bronze sculpture of
Jesus Christ that stands in 25 feet of water off of Key Largo, Florida.
It is located near Dry Rocks, about six miles east-northeast of the Key
Largo Cut, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
This ...
7 Aug 14

Rodiguez Key (Key Largo)

Rodriguez Key is a nearshore mangrove island surrounded by a shallow mud bank. A branching-coral and coralline-algae zone protects the muddy surface and mangroves of the island.Northern anchorage is possible only when the weather is fair.
31 Mar 10

Rodriguez Key anchorage (Key Largo)

Lies to the north of Rodriguez Key, northwest of Hawk Channel's unlighted daybeacon #37.
Be careful, Rodriguez Key Watch out for very shallow water especially to the north of the key. Maximum depth: 6 feet.
Fair weather only anchorage.
16 Apr 12

Molasses Reef Marina (Key Largo)

Situated at mile marker 100 on the Atlantic Ocean.
Tel: (305) 451-9411
29 Mar 10
Local Area

The Keys ( Florida)

The Florida Keys are a chain-like cluster of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the ...
7 Apr 12

West Florida

The coast, for nearly 115 miles, from Key West to San Carlos Bay is low, sandy, and generally wooded. Innumerable small islands and keys, interlaced by many small rivers and bayous, make up Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands. From San Carlos Bay N to Tampa Bay the ...
6 Apr 12

Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world. The shape of its basin is roughly oval and approximately 810 nautical miles (1,500 km) wide and filled with sedimentary rocks and debris. Tidal ranges are extremely small due to the narrow connection with the ocean. Considered ...
6 Apr 12

NW Atlantic Ocean

Entre le Groenland et la mer du Nord, l'Atlantique est séparé de l'Océan Arctique par le seuil de Wyville-, zone relativement peu profonde (entre 300 et 1250 m) et de laquelle émerge l'Islande.
Au Nord, c'est-à-dire déjà dans l'océan Arctique, on trouve le bassin de Norvège, ...
19 Mar 15

Plantation Key (Florida Keys)

Across Tavernier Creek at MM#90 and running down to Snake Creek at MM#87 is Plantation Key, just Southern of Key Largo, between Key largo and Windley Key.
Plantation Key is separated from Key Largo by Tavernier Creek at its Northeast end, and from Windley Key by Snake Creek at ...
27 Mar 10

Biscayne National Park (Florida)

Biscayne National Park, a protected area, is between Mile
1097.0 and Mile 1119.2. The National Park Service has established an anchorage area off the northern end of Elliott Key, opposite Mile
1110.0. The anchorage is marked by buoys. A park ranger is stationed at
Elliott ...
18 Apr 10
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