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The Florida Reef Tract is the third largest living reef in the world and the stretch of natural reefs in Palm Beach County is incredible. The reefs are composed of limestone creating a natural habitat for marine life. The area welcomes large fish due to its close proximity to the Gulf Stream. Palm Beach County has over 150 artificial reefs created by sunken vessels, concrete, limestone, and even luxury vehicles.

If you aren’t Scuba certified, not to worry, many local dive shops offer a weekend certification course meant for visitors. Here are some of the best places to go diving in Palm Beach County.

Red Reef Park in Boca Raton is perfect for beginners and children. The snorkel spot is right off the beach and is monitored by lifeguards. The reefs are

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Palm Beach County has some of the best scuba diving in the world. Here are a few unique spots that you may enjoy.

Turtle Mound

This dome-shaped patch reef rises 12 to 15 feet above the sand. On the west side sleeping and feeding turtles, large stingrays and cobia can almost always be found. Turtle Mound will usually be the last leg of your dive on Breakers Reef.

Fourth Windows

With a beautiful ledge and fingers that protrude inshore, divers find masses of tropical fish, sea turtles, moray eels, and nurse sharks. With depths of 45 to 59-feet, you explore deep undercuts as you approach the northern portion of Breaker’s Reef as it wraps northwest. Along Fourth Windows, you will come across a heavily encrusted communications cable.

The

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Force-E Scuba Center is hosting a night dive under the Blue Heron Bridge this coming Saturday.

Recommended equipment: primary light, back up light and tank light.

Required equipment: Each dive group must have a state legal dive flag with light mounted on top.

Blue Heron Bridge

Blue Heron Bridge has to be the best shore dive in Florida and the USA. With masses of marine life including Moray eels, Turtles, Seahorses, Frogfish, yellow sting rays, eagle rays, flying gurnards, batfish, angelfish and many more.

The relatively shallow depth makes this a great dive for all levels of diver and anyone that likes marine life. For photographers and videographers you have lots of natural light and great macro and super macro life.

The dive at

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Palm Beach County divers take a dive to a 60,000-pound mermaid sculpture reef. This area has many reefs to dive offshore. This underwater landmark honors a local three-time breast cancer survivor. “Andrea's Reef”, an enormous mermaid honoring the courageous woman.  “Andreas Reef” has is located just 3/4 miles east off the Lake Worth Inlet, submerged under 75 feet of water. The sculptures for the reef were deployed off Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island, August 11, 2016.

Thomas McDonald, a sculptor, found the motivation to model his mermaid after the local woman who has survived breast cancer. Susan G. Komen South Florida selected Andrea Torrente, a Palm Beach County resident, for the distinctive honor.  The sculptor started work on the project during

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