FISHING, DIVING & WATERSPORTS IN BIG PINE KEY & THE LOWER KEYS

Looe Key reef is considered one of the foremost diving and snorkeling spots in the Keys. Just six miles offshore, it ranges in depth from a half-foot to nearly 30 feet, with a maze of underwater fingers to explore. But wait, there’s more. There are shipwrecks to dive, including the 220-food Adolphus Busch. Just beyond that are the rich waters of the Gulf Stream, where the giant marlin, mahi and tuna roam. On the other side of the road, there are hundreds of tiny mangrove islands and channels teeming with bonefish and tarpon. Everyone here has a couple of kayaks in their yard, and fishing charters abound. For exhilarating, speedy fun, rent a waverunner. Or tone it down a notch, with a peaceful paddleboard next to gliding rays and rambling conchs. There is no shortage of water to explore in the Lower Keys, but a good place to start are the listings below.

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