Places to Go Snorkeling in the Palm Beaches for Beginners

Gerald Lombardo
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The waters off of the coast of Palm Beach County are filled with fish, sea life and coral reefs. For those new to snorkeling but looking for an interesting place to snorkel, here are a couple of great places to get started. 

Phil Foster Park

Phil Foster Park snorkeling trail is made up reef rocks, beautiful statues, and manmade reef modules. The average depth of the trail is only about 8 feet, making it the perfect spot for those of us who do not have our scuba certification or beginning divers. The snorkeling trail spans 800 feet, winding its way around the Blue Heron Bridge. With such a great expanse of a protected reef, this snorkeling trail makes the perfect place to take beginning divers and youngsters. The waters are often calm and the inland reef not off the coast, meaning smaller fish and wildlife. 

The purpose of building this reef was to imitate a natural barrier reef. Some of the animals you will find as you snorkel along the Phil Foster Park snorkeling trail include seahorses, squid, starfish, snapper, grouper, eels and over 300 more kinds of sea creatures. For an extra memorable trip and a bit of an insider scoop, make sure to visit the three majestic reef shark statues at the western end of the snorkeling trail.  

Cato’s Bridge Beach

Cato’s Bridge is the small bridge that links Jupiter Island to the mainland. A beloved and cherished snorkeling spot for locals, Cato’s Bridge is home to a small beach, incredible underwater pillars and reefs just teaming with sea life. Surrounded by mangrove estuaries, and with a constant influx of seawater coming to and from the nearby Jupiter Inlet, grants exceptionally clear waters at high tide and all year round. The water below the bridge is home to manatees, stingrays, seahorse families, and schools of squid, snook and thousands of other species. What makes Cato’s so special is its location. Cato’s Bridge is just a mile or two from the Jupiter Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean, so snorkelers often had close encounters with dolphins and sea turtles. 

Surrounding sand bars and shallows create a nice resting place for new divers and early swimmers making Cato’s Bridge one of the most prized snorkeling spots in all of South Florida. 

Both Phil Foster Snorkeling Trail and Cato’s Bridge are beautiful and full of life. They are the epitome of why life in Jupiter is so unique. It is very important to be mindful and respect the boating lifestyle of our area which means always being cautious of boat traffic passing through the bridges! 

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