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Florida Dive Spots Voted Top in North America

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On: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 1:22PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

For avid divers who live in Florida, you probably already know where some of the top diving spots are, but for the newcomers, and some of the old timers as well, here are some must see dive spots that were voted top 10 most unique sites in the country to dive or snorkel;

The Dry Tortugas National Park is 70 miles west of Key West where a  group of seven Islands are located that are made up  of coral reefs and sand, called the Dry Tortugas. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters, the Islands comprise Dry Tortugas National Park. The area is well known for its famous bird and marine life, history of pirate tales and sunken gold.. Since 2007 the National Park was deemed a Research Natural Area (RNA), resulting in a 46 square mile area that is now protected as an ecologic preserve, a “no anchor” area that has become a sanctuary for wild life that cannot be affected by commercial fishing or boating.  According to America's Best Online; this area has been deemed some of the "very best offshore snorkeling in North America", with an abundance of bright tropical fish and living coral.  Fort Jefferson snorkeling area is the home of brilliant corals, conchs, startfish, and more, encompassed within a protected marine sanctuary.

Ginnie Spings is located in High Springs, Florida, with miles of underwater caves and caverns and 4 springs to dive in, each with a unique experience, it is said that if you can only dive in one spring location, you should experience this area. Ginnie Springs is a world-renowned dive resort & campground. PADI certification is offered for scuba diving enthusiasts.

There are seven crystal-clear, freshwater springs nestled in over 200 wooded acres along the banks of the Santa Fe River in Florida. Each day, the 7 separate springs of Ginnie Springs Outdoors discharge hundreds of millions of gallons of crystal-clear water that is 72 degrees year round. The cavern at Ginnie Springs is a must see with a “big ballroom” that inspired the name of the area. A quarter mile from Ginnie Springs is a sequence of springs named; Little Devil, Devil’s Eye, and Devil’s Ear which provide all aspects of an overhead environment that divers can take in at their own pace.

TheBlue Grotto was voted best place to cave dive, the largest clear water cavern dive in the state of Florida offers fabulous visibility with spectacular dive opportunities for those of all levels of diving experience. Descend down the first 70 feet of open water to view a variety of tropical fish, fossils in the limestone walls,ora sea turtle. Stop along the dive at 30 ft to check out the air bell that made the Blue Grotto famous. The bell is located at the ceiling of the cavern and is supplied with compressed air from the surface, you canactually stop and talk to your dive buddy while underwater. No special cavern diving training is required to explore this pristine area.

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