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Key Largo: View from the top into coral reef

You don't have to snorkel or scuba dive to visit the famous coral reef three miles from the shores of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The turquoise sea, the green mangroves, and the brilliant colors of tropical fish and other marine life can all be experienced via a glass-bottom boat called the "Spirit of Pennekamp'' that departs from the park three times a day. Key Largo's reef is not exactly like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. But part of the attraction of Key Largo's reef is its accessibility. Snorkel and scuba trips to the reef are available from any of the local dive shops, but the glass-bottom boat was an affordable and easy alternative for me and my children. -- Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press See the full story.. PHOTO BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS