Florida Beach Diving Sites

Updated , by Nancy

Florida Beach Diving Sites

Here are our favorite snorkeling and beach diving areas in Florida.

Palm Beach #

Details #

  • Advanced Snorkeling
  • Advanced Diving
  • Dive Flag Required

Phil Foster Park - I don't think anyone ever said "I'd like to go snorkeling or diving at Phil Foster Park". But, when the wind is howling in over the ocean, it's one of the few safe places in South Florida to finish a certification course or just get wet.

Caution: This site is on the intra-coastal waterway and can only be safely dove within one hour before or after high tide.

Note: Grim as this all sounds, I once had a chance to spend about five minutes with a Manatee at this site while certifying a student. Cool!

Directions #

Take I95 to Blue Heron Blvd. (Exit #55). Go East past US1 to the bridge over the intra-coastal waterway. Midway across the bridge, turn left into Phil Foster Park. Park in the South West corner of the park. Enter the water from the small beach under the bridge and swim West along the bridge piers.

Boynton Beach #

Details #

  • Advanced Snorkeling
  • Beginner Diving
  • Dive Flag Required

Gulf Stream Park - This life guard protected municipal site features an off-shore artificial reef dubbed "Barney Rubble Reef". The reef is located 400 feet due East of the beach and consists of small to large size rocks spread over an area 500 feet long and 40 to 90 feet wide. As the years go by, this site should become a major marine life attractor.

Directions: #

Take I95 to Atlantic Avenue (Exit #42). Go East to A1A. Then go North three miles. Turn right into the parking area.

Note: The walk from the parking lot goes over a small hill and then down a flight of steps to the beach. This is a real workout for divers with tanks.

Delray Beach #

Details #

  • Advanced Snorkeling
  • Beginner Diving
  • Dive Flag Required

Delray Wreck - The S.S. Inchulva sank at this site during a storm in 1903 in 20 feet of water. Little remains of the wreck except for the boiler and a debris field over 300 feet long. And what remains is mostly covered with sand. Still the wreckage is a great marine life attractor and it's not unusual to see large Tarpon at the site. Since winter storms tend to uncover the wreck, Spring is the best time to dive this site.

To find the wreck swim approximately 560 feet on a 110 degree heading off of the North light pole at the boat ramp entrance on A1A.

Caution: Diving is not permitted from the Delray City beach to the North of the boat ramp. And, the sailboat concession to the South of the boat ramp doesn't want you getting in the way of their operations. This means that your rightful entrance and exit at this site is limited to the area of the boat ramp path to the ocean.

Directions: #

Take I95 to Linton Blvd. (Exit #41). Go East to A1A. Then go North to Casuarina Road at the South end of the Delray Public Beach. Park on the East side of the street or in Anchor Park across the street.

Boca Raton #

Details #

  • Beginner Snorkeling
  • No Diving

Red Reef Park - A great place for snorkelers of all ages. This lifeguard protected site offers great snorkeling just feet from the beach in water you can still stand in. Most reef dwellers can be seen here including menacing looking, but harmless, Barracudas.

Directions: #

Take I95 to Palmetto Park Road (Exit #38) Go East to A1A. Then go North one mile to Red Reef Park on the East side of A1A. Enter the park and follow the signs to the beach.

Pompano Beach #

  • Advanced Snorkeling
  • Beginner Diving
  • Dive Flag Required

S.E. 8th Street - This is one of the best reef and rubble beach diving sites on the South East coast of Florida. The primary features are shallow water (15 feet) and a profusion of marine life that is attracted to the protection afforded by the rock rubble and patch reef structure.

To find the reef just swim East about 500 feet. You will know you have gone far enough when the bottom turns from sand to rock rubble. Swim a little farther and you will get to line of patch reefs in 15 feet that runs parallel to the shore.

Directions: #

Take I95 to Atlantic Blvd. (Exit #34A). Go East to A1A. Then go South less than a mile to S.E. 8th Street. Then go East to the end of S.E. 8th Street. The public beach is dead ahead. Park and enjoy!

Fort Lauderdale #

Details #

  • Advanced Snorkeling
  • Beginner Diving
  • Dive Flag Required

Vista Park - This is a great place for snorkeling and divers who are still learning.

Directions: #

Take I95 to Oakland Park Blvd. (Exit #xx). Go East to A1A (North Ocean Blvd.). Then go South on A1A to Bridge Side ---