Until the famous movie, this town was known as Rock Harbor. You won't see
Bogie or Bacall here, but you can ride the African Queen and there are some
incredible attractions here - underwater parks, hotels and an underwater
The first underwater park in the USA, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park,
offers the easiest way to view the Florida reef. Ranger led programs, and
equipment rentals are available for snorkeling and diving. There are also
glass bottom boat trips, walking trails and canoe trails.
For diving and snorkeling the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary extends
for 20 miles. Elbow Reef is a popular dive site where three major wrecks are
located. The most famous site in the park is at Key Largo Dry Rocks - The
Christ of the Deep Statue, a 9 foot high, 4000 lb. bronze statue of Christ
installed as an underwater shrine.
The Key Largo Undersea Park is home to the steel and acrylic building
called Jules Undersea Lodge, only accessible by diving. It was originally a
research lab but now you can visit or stay overnight. (305) 451-2353
Ride the original African Queen- an antique steam-engined vessel used in
the movie. Call for reservations (800) 843-5397.
Swimming with dolphins requires education and Dolphin's Plus offers
structured and unstructured swims. For information, contact
www.pennekamp.com/dolphins-plus or call 305 451-1993.
For more information contact The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce at
http.florida-keys.fl.us/keylgcc.htm or call 800-822-1088.