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Diving & Snorkeling in The Palm Beaches

Vibrant Reefs, Massive Shipwrecks and Amazing Sea Life

Ever wanted to splash around in an aquarium? That’s pretty much what it’s like to snorkel or scuba dive in The Palm Beaches. Just beyond our 47-mile coastline lies part of the only living barrier coral reef system in the continental United States, with lush coral and limestone formations, shipwrecks, and sea life ranging from tiny seahorses to goliath grouper. Thanks to our proximity to the Gulf Stream — closer than any other point in Florida, to be exact — our warm, clear waters boast one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the country.
From renowned snorkel spots located steps from the shore to only-in-Palm-Beaches sights, a vibrant world awaits you just beneath the waves.
Top Snorkeling Spots in The Palm Beaches
You don’t need to travel far to find underwater treasures in this part of South Florida. Phil Foster Park, located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach, is easily accessible and teeming with colorful critters. Wade into the clear-as-glass water to swim the Underwater Snorkel Trail, keeping your eyes peeled for sea turtles, manatees and schools of tropical fish gliding between the sculptures that make up this artificial reef.
Just over the bridge on Singer Island, rocky outcroppings and shallow water make John D. MacArthur Beach State Park a haven for spotting loggerheads and stingrays. Also nearby, the snorkeling lagoon at Peanut Island is perfect for beginners and children. More standout snorkel destinations include Red Reef Park in Boca Raton and Coral Cove Park in Jupiter, but you never know where you’ll discover your new favorite.

Ships to Shore-Diving
Calling all Cousteaus: The Palm Beaches are home to hundreds of spectacular dives for every skill level. Blue Heron Bridge at Phil Foster Park is widely considered one of the best shore-dive sites in the world, with honeycombed ledges housing a variety of sea life. Experienced drift divers shouldn’t miss Breakers Reef near Palm Beach, famous for its spectacular coral formations. Multiple shipwrecks lie just off our coast, many of which were sunk to create sustainable marine habitats. Sharks, goliath groupers and other jumbo-sized beasts gather at wrecks like the Ana Cecilia, a 170-foot freighter that was sunk in 2016.
Dive Shops & Tour Operators
With so many amazing underwater locations in The Palm Beaches, you may want to enlist the expertise of dive shops like Jupiter Dive Center for charters, lessons, gear rentals and tank fills. You can also visit the Palm Beach County Diving Association for more information about local reefs, shipwrecks and conditions. For guided snorkel trips to places like Singer Island and Peanut Island, check out tours from Visit Palm Beach.  And be sure to help protect our vibrant coral reefs by becoming a Coral Reef Ambassador.

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Visit Palm Beach

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226 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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1065 North Ocean Boulevard (A1A)
Jupiter, FL 33477

Jupiter Dive Center

1001 North Hwy A1A Alternate
Suite 113
Jupiter, FL 33477

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