Did you know that there is a place which is called the diving capital of the world? It has sunken ships, and coral reefs. It even has statues, like a 4500 lbs bronze statue called the “Christ of the Abyss”.
Amazing, right?
Do you know where we need to travel in order to dive here?
Frequently called the diving capital of the world, Key Largo, which runs from mile marker 90 to 112, has all the underwater flair you’d expect including sunken ships, statues and coral reefs you have to see to believe.
Hundreds of years ago Florida Keys became 200 smaller islands, of which Key Largo is the longest. This is how it was in the 1500s when Spanish explorers visited the region and named the island “Cayo Largo,” largo meaning long in Spanish.
Fortunately there was a corps of ecological pioneers in South Florida in the late 1950s who realized this underwater gem was in need of preservation.
On December 3, 1959 the control of the ocean bottom to the three mile limit was transferred to the Florida parks system, and on March 15, 1960 President Eisenhower placed the remaining waters beyond the three mile limit to the edge of the Continental Shelf under the control of the Department of the Interior. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was now a reality and spearfishing and coral collection were prohibited.

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