We finally got our chance to dive the Ancient Mariner wreck off Deerfield Beach. It was the perfect February day with lots of sunshine and flat seas. We love Florida winters, and even the 75-degree seas aren’t so bad with a 3mm suit and a hoodie 🙂
With 30-40 feet visibility and only a small current getting down the mooring line was easy enough. The wreck sits at a depth of 70 feet (to the sand) and is pretty big at 165 feet in length and 25 feet across. Continue reading Diving the Ancient Mariner off Deerfield Beach
The Everglades cover a large area of southern Florida and is a very unique ecosystem. Mostly made up of marshland and coastal mangroves, the environment attracts over 300 species of aquatic birds. Both alligators and crocodiles can also be found in the Everglades making it one of the only places in the world where these two species cohabit. The Everglades are thriving with wildlife and fortunately a large part of this expanse is protected as a national park. Continue reading Visiting the Everglades National Park
Tucked away behind the A1A across the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood is a little gem of a park that offers scenic waterfront trails. This park also has some great spots to launch kayaks and boats. Holland Park can be accessed from Johnson Street in Hollywood (801 Johnson St) and is open from dusk to dawn. Continue reading Local Scene: Holland Park
Located in Downtown Miami, next door to the Perez Art Museum is the newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. There was quite the buildup of anticipation for the May 2017 opening, and over 25,000 people came to visit the first week! This $305 Million dollar project in downtown Miami is comprised of four buildings, which span 250,000 square feet of exhibits and showrooms including a planetarium and a killer 500,000-gallon aquarium! Continue reading Diving into the Gulf Stream at the Frost Museum of Science
The Florida Keys have a lot of wrecks, and with our weekend trip we picked the two largest, and the two bookends of the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail. We’d been dreaming of doing these two world-famous wrecks for a while now, and could not resist. After our experience I can say that the sheer size of these two massive ships will take us many more dives to get fully acquainted with them. There are also many other interesting dive sites in between Key Largo and Key West. So in other words, we will be back for sure! What is the largest artificial reef in the world you ask?
Continue reading Diving the 2nd and 3rd largest artificial reefs in the world
Located in Tavernier, the sanctuary shelters over a hundred wild birds including hawks, owls, pelicans, and many more. We love to visit and make a small donation to help keep the sanctuary going. What we love is the way each bird has a small explanation of how it was found, why it cannot be released and how it’s adapting to life in the shelter. Continue reading Visiting the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary
Probably the hardest national park to get to, the Dry Tortugas is the location of Fort Jefferson which housed the motley crew accused of conspiring in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Originally built between 1846 and 1875 to try and contain and control trade in the area, the fort was plagued with disease and troubles and never fully finished. It’s the largest brick masonry structure ever built in the Americas and uses over 16 Million bricks! Continue reading Exploring Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas
It was our second visit to this wonderful museum and we always get a laugh and some new tidbit of information about one of our favorite subjects, diving! If you’ve never been, it’s definitely worth the trip and the 12$ adult entrance. The museum is well laid out taking you back to the 1500s with early attempts at diving and the various inventions that have come to be discovered. Continue reading Visiting the History of Diving Museum
The Keys are open, and they would welcome and appreciate our business!
On Sept 10th, Hurricane Irma, a storm the size of Texas barreled across the Keys and up the Florida Peninsula causing havoc and devastation. The eye crossed at Big Pine, Summerland and Cudjoe Key but there was major damage all the way from Key Largo to Key West Continue reading Florida Keys Update
This 249-acre park is located on the site of the old Ojus Rock quarry and is named after the owner A. O. Greynolds who donated most of the land making the park possible. This surprisingly large park can be found on West Dixie Highway and 180th St just south of Aventura in North Miami. Full of hammock and mangrove trees, the park is a natural preserve. Continue reading Local scene: Discovering Greynolds Park