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Late last year, I spent some time in Florida and drove all up and down the state, as far north as Orlando and as far south as Miami then Key Largo. I was on a whirlwind trip, and didn’t expect to have a lot of time, so I had originally planned on going diving in Boca Raton where I was staying, but was convinced at the last minute to take the trip all the way down to the Keys. I’m glad I did—it was worth it.

I used an outfit called Sailfish SCUBA, and I definitely recommend you try them if you’re in the area. I went on a boat with just one other family, so it was a nice small boat dive (the best way to do it).

We got to see barracuda, a spiny lobster, jellyfish, squirrelfish, trumpetfish, a loggerhead sea turtle, tuna, and a lionfish (though I forgot to mention that to the captain so he could extract it).

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I’m glad I got to make this trip: I’ve now been able to dive in three distinctly different regions: the cold pacific waters in Catalina, the warm Caribbean waters of the US Virgin Islands, and now the Florida Keys. Next on my list: either night diving, or a big reef like the Great Barrier!

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