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Divers snorkeling over coral reef with school of fish at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Florida’s Coral Reef is located just offshore of Southeast Florida’s famous beaches, offering countless opportunities for Floridians and visitors alike to immerse themselves in this underwater treasure. Whether visitors snorkel among the shallows, enjoy some of the country’s best fishing or scuba dive to see the majestic wildlife found in the deeper sections, Florida’s Coral Reef is a destination not to be missed. 

Southeast Florida is one of the most popular ocean sporting destinations in the world, with nearly 30 million tourists visiting each year

On an average day, more than 41,000 people go fishing (recreational, charter and commercial), boating, diving (recreational, commercial and research) and snorkeling in Southeast Florida. Residents and visitors also enjoy kite boarding, paddleboarding, kayaking and other water sports. 

While we encourage and invite exploration, it is important that you help us take care of Florida’s Coral Reef by avoiding touching or standing on the reef, choosing mineral-based sunscreens, anchoring in sand or using designated mooring buoys to prevent anchoring on the reef, and recycling and disposing of waste properly.  

If you plan to charter a tour in the Keys, choosing a Blue Star operator will help ensure responsible and sustainable diving and fishing practices as you enjoy this world-class natural wonder.  

Learn more about responsible practices when visiting the reef. 

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