Free Diving the Snorkel Trail

Snorkeling Sites

If putting on the whole diving apparatus isn’t really your thing, no worries. Because when you go snorkeling in The Palm Beaches, our panoramic underwater scene is clear as can be.

With 47 miles of beachfront, any day out on the water means it’s snorkeling time. Put on that mask to check out remarkable snorkel sites close to shore. Keep in mind you can go snorkeling at all our beaches, but we’ve created a list of 10 beautiful places to start exploring. Splash down into the waves right from the sand or take a boat tour and drop in.

Snorkeling Trail, Selfie Trail, Peanut & Singer Island

When it comes to snorkeling, the star of the show is Phil Foster Park in Rivera Beach, an 800-foot-long tract of artificial reef made with 600 tons of rock boulders. It’s all part of The Palm Beaches’ Snorkeling Trail, directly under Blue Heron Bridge where the water is unbelievably clear. Once in the water, make a stop on our Selfie Trail, and tag it with #thepalmbeaches.
Look up from the water to see Peanut Island. It’s across from Phil Foster Park and has an incredible history, including crazy Cold War presidential bunkers and a long-time Coast Guard base. Nowadays, you’ll find a surprising snorkeling lagoon. Don’t be alarmed if a sea cow goes by you, a manatee that is. These easy-going giants are attracted to warm water during winter months, and quite a few can be seen from viewing spots at Manatee Lagoon.
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 — it’s amazing.

See Natural and Artificial Reefs … then a Shipwreck

The South Inlet Park in Boca Raton has a superb natural reef about 175 feet off the beach. The reef starts in and around the park’s jetty, but be careful of passing boats. Just up the road from South Inlet is the Red Reef Park. The park has an artificial reef resting close to shore, a fine opportunity for beginners and kids alike. Ocean Inlet Park, near the mouth of the Boynton Beach Inlet, presents excellent snorkeling around various rock piles.
When it comes to wrecks, there's one about 500 feet off Delray Beach Municipal Beach. The S.S. Inchulva went down in a storm back in 1903, and the nearly-400-foot freighter rests only about 20 feet down.

Secluded Snorkeling

Two local beaches are a little more off the beaten path, Coral Cove Park in Jupiter and Gulfstream Park in the town of Gulf Stream. Both offer you smaller crowds and time to scout the tremendous rocks and reefs.

Snorkeling sites