Dives off Islamorada
Pickles Reef is named after some kegs that were once found on this reef. These kegs resembled pickle barrels, but they probably contained mortar for construction of buildings in the Lower Keys. This reef isn't marked by buoys or anything else, so it's less frequented by divers. Fish are plentiful here and you'll also have a chance to see the flamingo tongue snails, attached to purple sea fans, as they look for algae. Depths range from 10 to 90 feet, so it is a good area for novice divers and more experienced as well.
Pickles Reef is located about five and a half nautical miles off the southern part of Key Largo. Visibility is usually 40 to 70 feet, and current isn't ever really too strong. Good examples of pillar coral colonies here, some say the best in the Florida Keys.