Diving in Florida is one of the best in the Americas with famous diving spots such as the Florida Keys and famous dives such as Pennekamp coral reef state park in Key Largo and the Vandenberg shipwreck in Key West. The sunshine state is a great destination for scuba divers who love wreck diving and coral reefs. A little less known, you can also give a try at diving in the northern Florida springs and snorkelling with manatees in Crystal River.
The marine life in Florida is mostly about reef sharks, nurse sharks, stingrays, barracudas and manatees. It’s the right place to go for both beginners and experienced divers. Due to the water temperatures, regarding scuba gear, it is most common to scuba dive there in a 3 mm wetsuit. The best time of the year is often from October to May. The best dive sites can be reached by boat.
Below you will find all my best scuba diving stories from diving in Florida. I share my top tips on how to organise your trip, my favourites dives, what is the best itinerary or how to do it without breaking the bank. From a travel budget point of view, Florida is a higher budget destination, so save up accordingly.