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There’s tonnes of snorkelling to be done in Florida, and this section will cover everywhere but Destin and the Florida Keys. Head to their sections to read about the best snorkeling spots in each of those areas!
For those who are wanting to avoid the crowds of South Florida, the best place to snorkel is in the Gulf of Mexico, where you’ll find less people and cooler waters. Also known as the ‘Emerald Coast’, you can bet there’ll be crystal clear turquoise waters for awesome snorkelling.
Fish in Florida:
Corals in Florida:
Where: Riviera Beach
Details: This is a crystal-clear patch of water that’s always been a favourite amongst snorkelers – and now even more so thanks to a 240-metre long man-made reef and snorkelling trail that now exists just a few metres away from the beach. Super beginner-friendly, the waters here are calm and shallow with lifeguards available. Expect to see all kinds of rare and exotic marine life, from frogfish to seahorses and octopus!
Details: How about snorkelling deep inside a prehistoric cave? This sinkhole is a breathtaking spot that you don’t get to see just anywhere. Draped with fernery and plantlife with fossils of ancient fish embedded within the rocks, this is a truly unique snorkel site. Dive underwater and you’ll discover a series of tunnels brimming with numerous schools of fish.
Where: North Palm Beach
Details: A classic Floridian rock reef, this state park has plenty of beautiful sealife to explore from near the shore. You’ll find everything from sea turtles and stingrays to large groups of fish, with beautiful large rock formations that are just as nice to look at. Best of all, the beach is so long and expansive that you’ll feel truly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature only.
Where: Boca Raton
Details: This gem of a spot has an extensive natural coral reef that lies just off the shore in shallow waters. The reef grows off a series of red coral rocks which are teeming with sea and plant life. You’ll find many species of fish here, and maybe even barracuda.
Where: Lee County
Details: These artificial reefs are an amazing spot for snorkelers who love to explore wrecks, man-made reefs, and shells. Edison Reef sits on the rubble of an old bridge, Belton Johnson Reef is built over concrete, and Pegasus/Charlie’s Reef is a beautiful display over an old tugboat, crawling with barracuda, nurse sharks, amberjacks, moray eels, and cobias. While you’re here, go for a walk along the famous shelling beaches and discover lots of beautiful shells in pristine condition.
Where: Melbourne Beach
Details: Here you can find a shallow water lagoon that makes a great snorkel spot for beginners and kids, while the inlet is better for more advanced snorkelers due to the current. Pro-snorkellers can check out the Snorkel Monster Hole, which about 6-9 metres deep and located 30 metres or so from the jetty. The waters here are warm and the jetty juts out far into the ocean, where you might be lucky enough to see the rare manatee or dolphin.
Where: Fort Lauderdale
Details: This spectacular reef is just off the shores of popular Fort Lauderdale and crawling with corals, crevices, and brightly coloured sea life. Visibility is extremely high and on a good day you can expect to see French angelfish, pufferfish, lobster, and vibrant coral.