Middle Keys Dive Pictures
Sombrero Reef
Photos by Gail Culver

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Sombrero Reef is about 4 miles off Boot Key at the South
end of Marathon and is marked by several buoys and a 160
feet tall lighthouse.  The Sombrero Key Lighthouse was built
in the 1850's and was forecast by its building supervisor, US
Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, Lieutenant George
Gordon Meade, to last for 200 years.  It is still fully functional
and in service.  

Sombrero Reef is your classic "spur and groove" formation
with large fingers of hard coral, rimmed with sea fans and soft
corals separated by narrow sandy areas.  You'll find yellowtail
snappers, parrotfish, squirrelfish, nurse sharks and stingrays
all around the reef.  The best dive area is South of the
Lighthouse (oceanside).  

The depth ranges from 5 to 35 feet making this dive site
excellent for beginner to advanced divers and also snorkelers.
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