Miami’s proximity to the Atlantic’s blue waters makes the area great for ocean activities – snorkeling in Miami is one of them. The most popular places for this sport are the coral reefs and man-made ocean habitats in the area.
Biscayne National Park
This park has a shallow reef which provides excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving, being home to corals and other colorful marine life. Snorkelers off all age and skill levels will have a great experience here. In these waters, there is evidence of about 10 000 years of human history.
There are off shore snorkeling excursions organized from here to other spots like Half Moon preserve or Emerald Reef.
The Half Moon
It is a popular attraction for snorkeling http://www.withinthesea.com/snorkeling/snorkeling-in-miami/ in Miami due to its man-made ocean habitats, including the Half Moon ship that sank in 1930 and its remains make a home for colorful fish, coral and sponges.
The Jose Cuervo Margherita Bar
The bar was made for a promotion and donated to the artificial reef program in Miami. It was sunk in 2000 and, since then, it is one of the most unusual snorkeling sites in the area and home to colorful reef fish.
Hollywood North Beach Park
To reach this spot, you must swim a bit, as it is located 165 meters offshore. But the effort is worthy, because you can see a stunning marine landscape with beautiful tropical fish (barracuda, tarpon, nurse sharks etc.).
More Advanced Snorkeling in Miami – The Pompano Beach Dropoff
This spot is one of the most difficult to reach, as it is located 320 meters offshore, straight off the Beach Club Recreation Center. It is formed by wide, flat rocks, which are ideal for corals, seawhips and other marine life.
Vista Park Reef
This spot is situated about 90 meters offshore, straight out from Vista Park’s access point, and is no more than 18 meters deep, thus very friendly for beginners. You can find here a variety of corals, spade fish, damselfish, snapper and lobster holes.
Yankee Clipper Rocks
Yankee Clipper Rocks presents a variety of soft corals, seawhips, as well as swimming holes, so it is one of the best spots for snorkeling. In order to reach it, one must swim about 70 meters from the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach.
You can also book a Key West & Florida Keys tour, with snorkeling included, to make your snorkeling in Miami experience truly unforgettable.