With its 47 miles of beachfront, the Palm Beaches have a lot of snorkeling spots to choose from. Here are a few of the best.
Phil Foster Park
Constructed as a part of Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resources Management’s Artificial Reef Program, Phil Foster Park was completed in August of 2013. The park is an 800-foot-long tract of artificial reef incorporates more than 600 tons of Anastasia rock boulders. Loosely strung together in easily accessible depths ranging from six to ten feet. Snorkelers will encounter a variety of species of fish, from colorful tropical-like angelfish and parrotfish to reef dwellers like snapper, grunts, and grouper. Lucky snorkelers may glimpse one or more of the six species of seahorses that have been observed in this small underwater habitat.
Remember, before you head to Phil Foster Park, check on the weather and tides. This is strictly a high-tide dive spot, so know before you go
Ocean Reef Park
Ocean Reef Park sits on Singer Island. Its beach is well-known for having first-rate water conditions, so the snorkeling is excellent. A little further up on A1A, exploring John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is a must. With big rock outcroppings forming a reef right at the water’s edge, find great sights without needing a boat or long swim. Also, from MacArthur, make time to canoe or kayak Lake Worth Lagoon
Coral Cove Park
Coral Cove Park is one of Palm Beach’s most beautiful northern beaches. If you enjoy a quieter beach but still want the benefit of great snorkeling and paddleboarding, this is the place. Right at the shore to several hundred yards out, there’s a lot to see under the water and a lot to do above it at Coral Cove Park.
The S.S. Inchulva
The S.S. Inchulva rests about 500 feet off the south end of Delray Beach’s Public Beach in 20 feet of water. Better known as the Delray Wreck, the ship sank in front of the beach on September 11, 1903, by a strong hurricane. The Delray Wreck! The Delray Wreck is great for snorkeling or beginner scuba divers.
The Blue Heron Bridge
The diversity of marine life and easy accessibility are just two of the many features that have made the Blue Heron Bridge a world-renowned underwater site. While the area is a favorite among scuba-divers it can also be enjoyed by snorkelers, as the area is only 20 feet at its deepest. Seahorses, pipefish, and octopus can be found here, along with sea robins, flying gurnards, batfish, frogfish, stargazers, and over 100 species of nudibranchs.