Top 6 Reasons to Go Snorkeling in Miami
Here are just a few of the many great reasons to explore the reefs and wrecks under Miami's waters.
The sunny and sandy shores of the Miami beaches are begging for you to leave it. Not because it doesn't want you there, it just wants you to dive deeper into one of Miami's biggest tourist pulls, the ocean. There's no better way to explore the fascinating blue gardens of the ocean than by trying your hand at snorkeling.
Most people do not see the necessity of leaving their beloved beach blankets and the comforts of the shoreline behind, but Miami beaches have something more to offer beneath the surface. You don't have to be a Marine Biologist or an Ocean Activist to appreciate what the ocean has to offer us. The beauty, serenity, and tranquility offered by the pull of the ocean is enough reason to give snorkeling a shot.
If you're about to embark on your first underwater adventure, there's no better place to do it than in Miami, Florida where the reefs are as colorful as the sun is bright and hot. Doesn't sound convincing enough yet? Continue reading and find out the best reasons to go snorkeling in Miami, beginning with some generalities, and then drilling down to specific places in Miami to check out.
Snorkeling is Easy to Learn
Snorkeling may seem like a daunting new activity seeing as you have to swim in the ocean, but it is in fact a very easy activity to learn. Using a mask and snorkel can feel weird and awkward at first, especially if you're not sure how to use them, but by simply asking for help someone can show you how to use your gear properly. A little practice and a little getting used to breathing through your mask and you'll be exploring the reefs with ease in no time.
The activity is so easy to learn that both kids and adults in the family can grab their snorkeling gear and give it a try at any of Miami's great beaches. Snorkeling is a family fun activity that everyone can enjoy and will remember long after the vacation is over.
Not only is snorkeling easy to learn, it's also a wonderful and harmless way to explore the what's under the surface of the water. Being a responsible snorkeler is also part of learning so make sure not to touch anything while you're exploring the coral reefs for the first time.
No Need for Tons of Gear
A mask, a snorkel, and optional fins and life jacket and you're ready to jump into the water. This is much different than going diving. The lack of extra gear and the ability to opt out on some gear makes snorkeling a cheaper and more accessible water sport compared to diving. Not to mention the fact the you won't need a license to give snorkeling a shot.
A vacation in Miami is not complete without spending time underwater. A trip to one of its famous beaches isn't enough to help you fully appreciate the beauty of Miami's oceans. Plus snorkeling tours are way more cheaper than diving tours because you don't need tanks and other equipment. If you've brought along your own mask and snorkel, you'll be able to cut costs even more!
More Snorkeling Equals More Adventures
The more experienced you get, you'll be that much better at spotting different marine life. You can document every snorkeling trip you have and compare the photos to see what are the different marine flora and fauna you can find during each snorkeling adventures.
The more you learn on every snorkeling outing, the more interesting your next trip will be. So each successive outing in Miami will make the next location that much more interesting!
The Best Snorkeling Sites in Miami
Aside from these general reasons to go snorkeling, Miami has its own specific appeal. The shores and beaches of Miami offers tourists, divers, and snorkelers a wonderfully beautiful experience due to the many spots you can discover beneath the surface of the water.
Here are 3 of the best places to snorkel in the clear and blue waters of Miami. The best part of visiting any of these spots is that they're totally free of charge!
Pompano Beach Dropoff
The coast of South Florida has many diving and snorkeling spots for tourists to explore. To get the best snorkeling experience without shelling out excessive amounts of money, find the snorkeling areas that are free of charge. One of these sites is the beautiful and popular Pompano Beach Drop Off.
The site can be found approximately half a mile south of Pompano Pier. The Pompano Beach Drop Off is a popular spot for both snorkelers and divers as it features amazing flat rock masses, some of which can stretch up to 100 meters wide. Over time some of the masses have collapsed and have formed small craters wherein marine animals have created a safe haven for themselves. Pompano Beach Drop Off has many underwater attractions like colorful corals and sponges and shipwrecks.
The entire drop off reaches to about 350 yards and the depth range is from 6 to 22 feet making it the optimal spot for recreational and beginner snorkelers.
The Pompano Drop Off
Directly off the Pompano Beach Club
Recreation Center, 100 Briny Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Yankee Clipper Rocks
Named as the Yankee Clipper Rocks due to its approximation to the former Yankee Clipper Hotel, now known as Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, the snorkeling spot has maintained is glory despite the change of its namesake. Staying true to its name, the Yankee Clipper Rocks is an enormous rocky area full of ledges, holes, and layers of soft corals as far as the eye can see.
The snorkeling/diving spot can be found 75 feet from the shore of the public beach, which is right beside a public parking space. A little caution before exploring this specific spot though, you must bring a dive flag to the location before jumping in as a precaution. The lifeguards are very strict on this rule and will not let guests enter the water without the flag as it will sever as your own protection.
Once in the water you won't regret taking that extra step as you will see the water is littered with tropical invertebrates, corals, and schools of fish. Depth of the water ranges from 6 - 14 feet making it a safe spot even for the most basic of swimmers.
Yankee Clipper Rocks
East of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel
(formerly the Yankee Clipper Hotel)
1140 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Vista Park Reef
Found at around 75 yards from the shore, Vista Park Reef can be reached by snorkelers by simply just swimming out from Vita Park's beach access. The wide reef has rock, cervices, and blocks which are the perfect hiding spots for lobsters and other marine invertebrates. The expanse of the reef reaches about 100 yards which you can explore to your hearts content.
Underneath the surface and within the reef you will be able to see a number of soft corals dancing along with current, different species of fish like the spadefish, damselfish, and a variety of snappers. Vista Park Reef is home to many creatures that will capture your attention that you will surely lose track of time while snorkeling. There are so many creatures to see underwater that you will come back to get another dose of underwater water action.
The depth of Vista Park Reef ranges from 6 - 18 feet which is still safe for beginners, but if you're a little hesitant on the depth you can always bring a life jacket just to be sure.
Vista Park Reef
Directly off Vista Park
South of Oakland Park Blvd in N. Ft. Lauderdale
Snorkeling in Miami is an adventure worth trying. Not only is it a fun and cheap way to see what lurks underwater, but it's also a good way to exercise while on vacation. If you haven't tried snorkeling during your travels yet and you are headed to Miami don't pass on the opportunity because the reefs and dropoffs are a sight to see and you won't regret taking the time to try it out at all.
Don't forget two simple rules when snorkeling. Safety first, if you're not confident in your swimming skills especially when the waters are deep always use a life vest. Ask for help when you are unsure of what to do and use the buddy system to ensure safety at all time. Second, only look and never touch. Sea critters should be left in their natural habitat and should not be taken out. Touching unknown creatures might also lead to dangerous situations as they might be poisonous. Take precaution and just watch or take photos.
Jump into the Miami waters and soak in the sights while you enjoy the sun. Try out snorkeling at least once when you visit Miami!
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