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shore dives in the keys ?
divingbear - 1/26/2012 7:12 PM
Category: Buddy Wanted
Replies: 7

We are going to largo in the end of feb. My daughter is frightened of a boat dive so I was hopping to find a shore dive, w/ something to see. Any sugestions wll be great. Also I am looking for a dive buddy for tues feb 28 weather permitting i key largo.
LatitudeAdjustment - 1/27/2012 7:12 AM
The only shore dive I have ever heard of in the Keys is down near KW in a harbour, not great. If she is not going to go on a boat then drive up tp Lauderdale by the Sea and enter just below Commercial Pier or my favorite, Phil Foster Park under the Blue Heron Bridge in WPB

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Lonefrogman - 1/27/2012 8:03 AM
Every time I ask the same question on another forum I get the same answer. No shore diving. When I want to shore dive around the Keys, I dive the bridge piers, I prefer the old bridge piers over the new. I find a lot of lobsters and some times see quite large fish. One word of advice is to know the tide times, the currents are more than one can handle.

But you can’t beat what Latitude Adjustment said, and don’t forget I’m from Georgia and I’ll dive in anything once.
LatitudeAdjustment - 1/27/2012 9:32 AM
I just remembered another one, not a shore dive as such but she probably would enjoy it. My daughter and I would go there when the boat got blown out.
divingbear - 1/29/2012 5:33 AM
thanks for the input. We are definitly going to check out the emrald lagoon.
blairsp - 2/17/2012 11:56 AM
I rented my own boat in Key Largo and went out to the reef at Pennekamp Park on our own. When we were done we cruised the coast a little before returning to the dock. Maybe she would feel better if you had the boat to yourselves.

By the way I’m always looking for shore diving buddies. I find shore dives are easier to schedule and cheaper which works better for me given scheduling difficulties with work.
rsh110 - 9/05/2012 1:49 PM
one place that is relatively deep and a shore dive is in the lower keys just below(heading south) Bahia Honda state park on the opposite side of the road. you can easily miss the turnoff to find it. the place is called "the horseshoe" because you can walk 3/4 of the way around it. it is where the dug out a lot of rock when they built US1 in the center its about 30 feet deep sort of like a minnie quarry. it is good for practicing your skills but not too much to see. I was there twice right after I was certified and used it to practice buoyancy skills and get used to some new equipment with my dive buddy. there was a few bigger fish but mostly small fish and very (corral) rocky when entering and exiting the water. It is a free place to get wet and some locals do hang out here in the shade drink beer and fish the outside of the horseshoe. when you pull in you will see a long driveway go to the end and a short path leads out to the "horseshoe" Bahia Honda is also a really great park with super nice beaches.