Especially when the snorkeling is through the pristine waters of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
True, it was hard to pull ourselves away from this:
But we had a full day of nothing planned when we first arrived in Key Largo, so we hopped on one of Pennekamp’s snorkel tours, which go out a couple times a day.
We didn’t get to see the famous underwater Christ statue, but we did see plenty of underwater friends.
The great thing about the snorkeling in Key Largo is that so much marine life—from manta rays to lobsters—lingers within snorkel reach, just 10 feet or so below the ocean’s surface.
One creature we should have taken more care to avoid was the moon jelly, which is one of the less poisonous of the jellyfish but still has some painful tentacles.
Something SVV found out firsthand as one floated right into his back as he was photographing me with another. (You can see above where I’m trying to yell (unsuccessfully) underwater “JELLYFISH!!!! WATCH OUT!!!!”)
The boat’s captain had warned us of the moons as it’s jellyfish season in Florida right now, but he said their sting is so docile, many people won’t feel it. Unfortunately, SVV was not one of those people.
It took days for the welts to subside and stop itching. But a little vinegar and this view on the way back in helped the pain subside quickly.