From Seaquarium in Miami’s amazing 300,000 gallon tropical reef to the crystal clear “snorkel-perfect” waters at Key Largo, here are ten ways to get wet and have fun on your next timeshare holiday in Florida
1. Miami Seaquarium Sea Trek Reef Encounter. Put on a special helmet and wander through a whole other-worldly oasis, Seaquarium’s amazing 300,000 gallon tropical reef!
2. Kayak your way out to Indian Key Historic State Park. Then while away the afternoon sunbathing and swimming by the seagrass.
3. Watch the fish at Key Largo’s famously crystal clear waters…it’s like underwater stress therapy and all you need is your snorkelling kit.
4. “Search” for underwater shipwrecks at the Maritime Heritage Trail (there are six and you won’t have to search too hard for them!)
5. Watch the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs – there’s something so ethereal about a slow motion version of The Little Mermaids – a fun outing for the kids.
6. Swim with the sealife at Coral Cove Park reef and marvel at the limestone rock formations, home to exotic sea life
7. Visit Christ of the Abyss. One of the most stunning statues of Jesus that you could find anywhere in the world is in Florida. The statue rests on the ocean bed at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – and it’s an amazing sight to behold. If you’re wondering how much the bronze sculpture weighs…4,000 lbs is about right! The park has 178 nautical sq. miles of coral reefs too.
8. Navigate the Devil’s Eye Cave System. You’ll need to be in a brave mood to visit these 30,000 feet of underwater caves. It’s full of dark, winding underwater tunnels and tight spaces (in fact you need to be certified by the National Association for Cave Diving to be able to tackle this one and if you’re with the children you might want to give this one a miss.)
9. Book yourself into an underwater hotel…
Tell the receptionist at the Jules Undersea Lodge www.jul.com you’d like a room with sea views (!) Totally unique and one for the scuba crowd, the hotel is 21 feet underwater.
10. Go on a fossil-finding mission along the cave walls of Jackson Blue. You’ll need to head for the little town of Marianna to find the Jackson Blue caves full of fossils. This is another adventure which requires a cave diving certification so it’s probably best left to the experts.