First we have MOSQUITO BANK, one of the most popular places in the Florida keys. It is located 3 miles offshore of Key Largo, and here you will encounter beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters, just like the ones you will find in the aphrodisiac islands of the Caribbean. Like the word says, this is a bank, which means that unlike sandbars, which are partially submerged and visible, Mosquito Bank is not visible, and depending on the tide, the floor depth could sometimes reach 20ft. Given that said, you will need floating devices to be on the water for a prolonged period of time. During our visit to Mosquito Bank we stayed in a Key Largo hotel, which was very convenient for boaters since the boat ramp was right in front. They charged $35 per vehicle, but make sure to go early since they close the gates once the parking is full. Also, if you are up for an adventure before going to Mosquito Bank there are a couple of scuba diving sites surrounding Mosquito Bank. You can stop at the Christ underwater. You can find the location on google maps typing “Christ of the Abyss Statue”
TIP: If you don’t live in Miami and you would also like to know the city, then I would recommend staying in Miami since it is only 1 hour and half away from Key Largo. You will be able to enjoy Key Largo and its beautiful waters and at night you will get to explore Miami and its known nightlife.
The coordinates I used to get to Mosquito Bank:
25°04'18.47" N80°23'03.11" W
Then we have the famous Alligator Reef Lighthouse. Located just 4 nautical miles off the coast of Islamorada. This reef has more than 500 species of marine life, including sharks(although rarely), turtles, fish and even jellyfish,which makes it perfect to do scuba diving and snorkeling. Make sure to not touch or take anything from this reef since that is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. I loved this place, the color of the water was beautiful, it was almost blue neon. Similar to Mosquito Bank, the floor is about 20’ deep so you will need floating devices. This time we stayed in Miami and it was around a 2 hour drive with traffic. We were able to go visit Alligator Reef by boat, using the Freedom Boat Club membership. However, if you bring your own boat, make sure to get there early to find parking and avoid high parking fees (We paid that day $100 to use the ramp for the jetski). This is a must-see place to visit if you are going to the keys!
The coordinates that we used to get to Alligator reef: 24.8518° N, 80.6189° W