East of Key Largo and southeast of Garden Cove, the snorkeling at Dry Rocks is known for its marine life. The Key Largo Dry Rocks is named for the dry rocks exposed at low tide. The snorkeling waters extend down to 30 feet deep. While snorkeling at Dry Rocks, you encounter spur and groove coral reef formations with sand grooves towards seaward and dense coral landward. The Key Largo Dry Rocks is the home of the popular Christ Of The Deep statue.
The Dry Rocks snorkeling is located 4.5 nautical miles southeast of Garden Cover and located north of Grecian Rocks. Of the 15 mooring buoys, the best snorkeling can be found at buoy D4 and buoy D5, which are closest to the statue. Many of the snorkelers prefer the North Dry Rocks area.
After a day snorkeling Dry Rocks, check out the Key Largo Conch House for some cold drinks.
While the snorkeling at Dry Rocks is possible year-round, most snorkelers usually shoot for March through September. There is usually some rolling surf at most snorkeling sites off Key Largo, while you can expect the flatest surf conditions from June through August.
When using a dive boat charter to reach the dive site, make sure to reconfirm the reservation the afternoon prior. Most dive boats select the site the afternoon prior or even the morning of the dive. Also, most dive boats have a minimum passenger requirement in order to leave dock meaning they may cancel at the last minute, so when reverifying the afternoon prior ask how many reservations they have.
To reach the snorkeling in the Florida Keys by air, there are several options. The most popular option is to fly into Miami International Airport (MIA), which is served by all major US and international airlines. Also nearby, a potentially lower cost option is to fly into Ft Lauderdale airport (FLL). From either of these airports, you can rent a car to drive south on the Florida Turnpike a couple hours to reach the Florida Keys (watch out for automated cash-less toll highways along the way). Alternately, you can fly into Key West International Airport (EYW) which is served by several airlines including United/Silver Airways, Delta, USAir and Southwest. If you don’t mind coming into Key West, there is also the regular Key West Express ferry service (4 hours) that runs from Ft Myers.
Overall, Key Largo Dry Rocks is the 19th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 40 snorkeling dives in the Florida Keys.