Florida, United States
Florida Springs Reviews
Florida is more than just disney land Jun 11, 2010
Florida's underground is a verytable maze of caves and sinkholes. Those are filled with ground water that is crystal clear.
Throughout central florida and the panhandle, one can find openings in those caves where water is pushed to the surface. Often in an amount of multiple million of gallons a day. Those springs are crystal clear and at around 21degrees celcius all year round. Those springs are beautiful. And the added sense of danger, as gators frequent those springs regularely, makes it a great outdoor adventure. (The gators are actualy not a big problem as long as you behave correctly) Most springs are in state parks with amenities like showers and food places.
Some springs however are hidden in the forest or can only be accessed by boat.
Diving or snorkeling and kanoying are the things to do in the springs. I added a few pictures to show you how beautiful those springs can be.
There are springs that are only accessible to cave divers. Cave diving is a seriouse sport and not without its danger. Year after year, people, even experienced divers, die while diving the caves. So do not go into the caves unless you are properly trained and have the right equipment.
But there are also a lot of springs that can be doven with a regular open water certification.
Some of my favourite springs are, Morrison Springs, Ponce de Leon, Alexander Springs, Ocala national forest and Paradise Springs, near Williston.
So next time you are in Florida, don't just go to Miami or the keys. Look up those springs and dive in.
A database with most of the springs can be found here: http://www.tampadiving.com/sections/diving/cave_systems.asp
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