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The 8 Best Hotels for Snorkeling & Scuba in the Florida Keys

Jill Martin | December 27, 2017

The Florida Keys is blessed with having North America’s only living coral reef right off its coastline. It’s also the third largest coral reef system on the planet, which explains why divers and adventurers flock here from around the world. While many hotels can help you arrange dive and snorkel trips, these properties were chosen for their convenience, ease of getting to the boat, proximity to good dive sites, and expertise. Meaning, step out of your hotel room and step onto a boat with some of the best snorkeling instructors in the business.


Little Basin Villas

Why it made the list

This is the luxury edition of snorkel and dive trips because you get picked up right at the dock of your spectacular villa, and the boat is chartered just for you and your group.

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Hawks Cay Resort

Why it made the list

Dive Duck Key offers two trips a day for all levels of certified divers. Their team is highly trained and super friendly, too. For the non-certified crowd, SNUBA® lets you explore the reef and breathe underwater without tanks, and kids as young as 8-years old can go.

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Captain Pip’s Marina & Hideaway

Why it made the list

Walk from your room to their 34-foot catamaran for a day of amazing snorkeling on Sombrero Reef and their secret spot, Pirate’s Cove. Spirit Snorkeling specializes in first-timers, and the catamaran is wide so it’s stable and comfortable. An in-water guide is included.

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Looe Key Reef Resort & Center

Why it made the list

The reef at Looe Key Marine Sanctuary is a premier dive spot, and their proximity to it is a big bonus. Plus, the resort has its own full service dive center, just steps from your room, and the boats are right behind the building. Easy peasy.

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Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Why it made the list

Leave right from the resort’s pier for a snorkel trip to Cheeca Rocks, a gorgeous shallow reef teeming with fish, conch shells, and turtles. You’ll have a smooth ride on their specially built motor catamaran, and snorkel gear, wetsuits, and beverages are included.

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Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina at Holiday Isle

Why it made the list

The Islamorada Dive Center is onsite at the Postcard Inn. They have three boats just steps from your room and their full service dive shop is onsite, too. Private charters are offered as well and their staff is professional and courteous.

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Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort

Why it made the list

This entire resort is dedicated to diving and snorkeling, offering two trips every day. They have two private boats, an onsite dive shop, and their entire staff is certified (even the people at the front desk).

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Amara Cay Resort

Why it made the list

Sea Monkeys Scuba and Diving is onsite and they specialize in "6-pack" dives, meaning only six divers per boat. That translates to you getting personal attention and a more bespoke experience. For this reason, they capture the top spot.

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