Where to Find The Best Snorkeling Around Miami
Written by Hafeez Hussain
Miami is known for many things, but the fantastic beaches and adventure sports are always top the list. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From dive sites to island communities to bays, there are more than enough opportunities for beachgoers to dive into the water and explore all of its hidden treasures.
Snorkeling is a fun, easy, and affordable way to explore Miami's stunning, vibrant reefs and abundant marine life. All you need is a little bit of bravery and snorkel equipment, and you can experience the adrenaline rush that comes with seeing underwater wonders.
Here are the top four places to visit in Miami for snorkeling.
Biscayne National Park
If you want to go snorkeling in Miami, Biscayne National Park is the ultimate place to be. The blue and beautiful seawater will attract you like a magnet, and rest assured that it will be the best time of your life. Going out on a boat with 49 other people is a fantastic experience and the staff lets you enjoy everything that this amazing marine area has to offer. You're sure to encounter a wealth of colorful fish and sea creatures. Yellow snapper, colorful angelfish, parrotfish, hogfish, and more will swim alongside, and if you're lucky, some dolphins and manatees too! Snorkelers can explore Half Moon Reef or Emerald Reef for $40 to $45 per person.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Located at 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037 and with an area of almost 70 nautical miles, the first underwater park in the United States, Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is full of beautiful marine life and beautiful coral reefs. The unrivaled natural beauty of the area has garnered it a place on the National Register of Historic Places and lured Snorkelers and divers for a long time. You can explore the national park's colorful coral reefs, which are filled with hundreds of fish varieties. If you have one day to spend in the Keys and want to see sea life, it's well worth booking an entire day trip. It's $75 per person for all-inclusive trips to two different snorkeling locations.
Pompano Beach Drop Off
Finding a great beach in South Florida is easy. But if you're willing to go a little further north of Miami, the Pompano Beach Drop off is a must-visit. Half a mile south of the Pompano Pier, this area is a hot spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. Home to various fish and coral species, it boasts camouflaged rock formations and plenty of tiny holes and caves for marine life to reside in. Just 6 to 22 feet deep, the waters here are clear and calm. Here you can snorkel alongside nudibranchs, sponges, and all types of coral species.
Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center
Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center, located at 300 Alton Rd #110, Miami Beach, FL 33139, has got you covered for those who want to be more hands-on with the beach adventure. It offers both snorkeling and scuba diving excursions. The center provides coral reef tours in Miami Beach, Florida. With the help of a 46-foot custom Newton dive boat, Tarpon Lagoon visits Emerald Reef, Rainbow Reef, and Half Moon Underwater Archaeological Preserve. The tour costs $80 per person and includes wreck snorkeling. Tarpoon Lagoon offers reef trips during the week, but you should check the schedule to see when they depart before booking. They typically leave on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and a four-hour trip includes two stops.