Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the sea reef

by Carl
(Fort Lauderdale Florida)

Take Commercial Blvd east to the beach.

You will see a fishing pier there, just south of the pier about 200 yards off shore is a beautiful coral reef.

There are rays, parrot fish, sea turtles, and nurse sharks. You will also see several species of eels. You should be a good swimmer becuase it's a fair distance and the currents and surf can pick up fast.

From November to April you will need a wetsuit. There are a lot of nice restaurants right on the beach there as well.

Because of occasional boat traffic, to snorkel on this reef you need a dive flag. The Marine Patrol strictly enforces this for the safety of the divers.

All and all a nice place to snorkel.

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Looks good.
by: Reid

Hey, Carl, thanks for the submission.

I checked it out on Google Earth, following your directions right to the beach. I can see a dark patch south of the pier that looks like the reef you're talking about.

I'll have to put this on my list of places to go.
I'm guessing the depth is around 15 feet or so.

This looks like it may be similar to the snorkeling off Lantana Beach. Lantana has a rock reef offshore with lots of marine life. I think it's a guarded (i.e. lifeguards) beach, but I believe you can still snorkel out. Not sure though.

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