Best Loggerhead Key Snorkeling

The 27th most popular snorkel dive spot in the Florida Keys.


  May 11, 2017

West of Key West and just west of Dry Tortugas, the snorkeling at Loggerhead Key is known for its coral reefs. In addition, off the southwest side of Loggerhead Key, there is good snorkeling on the shallow Windjammer wreck (aka Avanti or French Wreck) in 18 foot deep waters. The wreck is covered in star coral and brain coral.

The Loggerhead Key snorkeling is located 3 miles west of Dry Tortugas and is accessible only via boat. The Dry Tortugas are located about 70 miles west of Key West. This archipelago is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. To access Dry Tortugas National Park from Key West, there is daily ferry that takes 2 hours each way. Alternately, there is a seaplane service that takes about 40 minutes. Both options are surprisingly expensive, so be prepared.You will need to setup your own boat transfer to Loggerhead Key.

There is a buoy marking the Windjammer dive site with the number #RNAMB1.

To reach the snorkeling in Key West, fly into Key West International Airport (EYW), which is served by several airlines including United/Silver Airways, Delta, USAir and Southwest. Alternately, there is also the regular Key West Express ferry service (4 hours) that runs from Ft Myers.

Overall, Loggerhead Key is the 27th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 40 snorkeling dives in the Florida Keys. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Loggerhead Key including Key West Marine Park, Dry Tortugas, Looe Key, Sand Key, Marquesas Keys and Cottrell Key.

Local Contacts:  Dry Tortugas National Park (305) 242-7700; Dry Tortugas Ferry Service (305) 294-7009; Seaplanes of Key West (305) 294-0709; Key West Chamber Of Commerce (305) 294-2587.

Best Season:  Mar. - Sep.

Base Camp:  Dry Tortugas National Park campground

Luxury Loding:  Casa Marina Resort; Eden House, Key West; Marquesa Hotel; Ocean Key Resort, Key West; Parrot Key Waterfront Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  None

GPS:  24.62357, -82.942534

Date Published:  12/31/2011

Date Updated:  5/11/2017

ID:  23498

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