Telling you that Florida has beautiful waters is like telling you that a basket full of puppy pugs are adorable. It is no secret that Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, springs and reefs. With more than 1,000 miles of coast, Florida is a diver’s paradise. Whether you are snorkeling or scuba diving, these five spots will take your breath away.
Blue Heron Bridge Riviera Beach
The Blue Heron Bridge is an ideal spot for new divers. The visibility is clear and the water is easily accessible. The bridge is home to many species of marine life such as barracuda, parrotfish, seahorse and nurse sharks. This site is popular for underwater photography because of its man-made reefs that include sunken shopping carts and boats.
Three Sisters Springs Crystal River
If you are looking to cuddle a manatee, look no further. Three Sisters Springs is one of the only areas where it is legal to interact with sea cows. The park offers river tours throughout the day that will bring you to play with them in their natural habitat. Though spring water remains at a constant temperature, manatees are more likely to be spotted during the winter months.
The Florida Keys
Home to the only living coral-barrier reef in the U.S., the Florida Keys are rich with colorful corals and fish. Boring dive spots do not exist here. There is more wildlife here than in any aquarium. The Keys are also a popular site for wreck dives and underwater statues.
Devils Den Williston
Not for the faint of heart, Devil’s Den will take you into the belly of the beast with some badass cave diving. If you do not have the certification for cave diving don’t freak. The open water dive is just as cool and a little less claustrophobic. This hidden gem is tucked in the middle of Florida, just outside of Ocala or Gainesville, depending on where you’re coming from.
The Tallahassee Sink Holes
These sinkholes are Tallahassee’s hidden gem, literally. For those not native to the area you may never know these existed. Tucked back in over 2 miles of forest the sinkholes are a hike to get to, but worth it. You can channel your inner Tarzan here, as the main entrance to the spring is a rope swing.
Whether you’re an experienced diver or simply trying something new, Florida waters have something for everyone. Cold or hot, salty or fresh, Florida has it all. Don’t forget, these natural beauties need to be protected! So, don’t take anything but pictures.