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Key Largo at the end of the year or first of January
Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 2:01 pm by from Wilmington, United States (Permalink)
Howdy all,
Thinking about trying to get some diving done in the keys for the winter and was wondering if anybody had any suggestions for me. Probably a week is what I'm thinking. Not a fan of crowds so Key Largo looks like a better choice. Thanks for the suggestions and advice :)
Peace,
Curtis

Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 3:14 pm from Royal Oak, United States
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Posted December 3rd, 2012 - 4:01 pm by from Wilmington, United States (Permalink)
Hey Pam,
I never made it under the water down there, I was kayaking/canoeing mostly. If the seas don't cooperate I can at least go bay side and do that. I've googled the area and while nothing pops out at me I can't ever complain about getting under the water. Keep me in the loop and I'll keep you in the loop. I'm hoping some locals will chime in with hidden knowledge :)
Peace,
Curtis

Posted December 4th, 2012 - 3:03 pm by from Fort Lauderdale, United States (Permalink)
**Curtis:

As suggested, the seas this time of year are iffy... it could be flat for a week or for one day out of the month. That being said, it's tough to go wrong with water-related sports in the Keys.

I'm in Fort Lauderdale, but have dived in the Keys quite a bit. Here's what to expect...

Key Largo - fairly touristy as it is the first key in the chain. LOTS of dive shops, everyone runs trips whenever the seas cooperate. Pennekamp Park is a nice dive (sanctuary with the Statue of the Abyss, etc). Most of the dive shops are pretty easy to deal with.

Marathon - usually where I go for diving in the Keys - well-known for diving, but somewhat ignored in favor of Key West. Quite a few dive shops, but I usually use Middle Keys Scuba. Not sure they're running charters now, but they can point you in the right direction.

Key West - quintessential destination in the Keys. VERY touristy, but also more to do than any of the other Keys. Most of the dive shops here run cattle boats, though I believe there are some small charters available as well. Much of the typical cattle boat spots have been decimated by stupid tourists who nobody bothers to inform or correct. (standing on coral, taking souvenirs, etc) That being said, if you can find a small charter, there are some phenomenal reef, patch reef, and wreck dives in the Keys if you find a captain willing to take the time. A decent cattle boat service is Captain's Corner.

Sorry not to have more detailed information on charters, but I typically dive with private boats. You might try to coordinate your trip between CouchSurfing and DiveBuddy.com

If you look up Marathon, there's a super nice guy here on CS (Tony Law) who is also a diver and has his own boat. I was supposed to surf with him back in November, but my plans got blown out. I'd probably start with him unless you've already got your plans mapped out.

All the best,

--Branon

Posted December 6th, 2012 - 12:41 am by from Wilmington, United States (Permalink)
Hey Branon,
Thanks for the info! I will put it to good use.
Regards,
Curtis

Posted December 10th, 2012 - 12:32 am by from Fort Myers, United States (Permalink)
Curtis,

I highly recommend diving the Spiegel Grove while you're in Key Largo. Great wreck dive. I dove with Horizon Divers while I was there and they were great.

-Derek

Posted December 15th, 2012 - 12:16 am from Royal Oak, United States
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Posted December 15th, 2012 - 1:10 am by from Wilmington, United States (Permalink)
Thanks Derek for the dive site and the company recommendation!
Pam, I'm still sorting things out but I tentatively think I'll be down there at the beginning of the year.
Peace,
Curtis