On a pass through the middle keys on our way to Key West, I've read that Sombrero Reef is a great family snorkeling place. A little help please - I believe that I'm reading Sombrero Reef is different than Sombrero Beach. (One clear, one grassy, one north of Marathon, one south) Is this true? It looks like Key Colony Beach is the closest real place to Sombrero Reef.
Also, is it a place where you just rent snorkel gear somewhere and go out on your own or is there some local outfit that takes you out? Can someone clarify if you have to rent a boat and go out near a lighthouse or if it's just off the shore or what?
I think we're planning on staying in Key Colony Beach for one night before trying to get the snorkeling in and then down to Key West for a couple of nights. I know it's all so short, but it's post-DisneyWorld and we don't have that much time. I do have some good info on stops along the way from UNCMickey and others too!