Canadian Geographic - - FLORIDA KEYS -

AF­TER YOU’VE carbo-loaded on key lime pie, leave the land be­hind for a while and ex­plore North Amer­ica’s only liv­ing coral bar­rier reef. Fury Water Ad­ven­tures of­fers half-day snorkellin­g ex­cur­sions by cata­ma­ran from Key West and they pro­vide all the nec­es­sary equip­ment, so all you have to do is jump in. Af­ter drop­ping an­chor at Sand Key, it’s a short swim to the reef, where you’ll en­counter yel­low­tail snap­pers, par­rot­fish and other colour­ful trop­i­cal fish, as well as a lo­cal land­mark, the 165-year-old cast-iron Sand Key Light­house. Sand Key is a favourite snorkellin­g lo­ca­tion that usu­ally of­fers calm con­di­tions and good un­der­wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity. But if you end up ven­tur­ing out in the wake of one of the re­gion’s no­to­ri­ous win­ter cold fronts, be pre­pared to feel a lit­tle like a sock in a wash­ing ma­chine. The up­side to a bit of hard swim­ming? You’ll work up a real ap­petite for your next meal.

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