You’ll never be amiss for snorkeling and diving hot spots in South Florida. From West Palm Beach to Boca Raton and beyond, here are five of the hottest spots.

BLUE HERON BRIDGE

Travel beneath the Blue Heron Bridge to find Phil Foster Park.  From the shore of the park, you can see a variety of sea creatures and fish.

Perfect for snorkeling novices, the depth isn’t more than 10’ and waters are calm during high tide allowing for clear water.  From the shore of the park, you can see a variety of sea creatures and fish.

Be sure to arrive early and display a dive flag at all times as there are fisherman and dive groups around.  Pack a lunch as there are a few picnic locations along the shore.

Blue Heron Bridge is one of the world’s premier dive sites. Photo Credit: Discover The Palm Beaches

CORRIDOR WRECK TREK

If you are looking to go face-to-face with some of the most amazing underwater creatures, you need to schedule a dive at the Corridor Wreck Trek in West Palm Beach.  Expect to hang out with sea turtles, stingrays, Goliath Groupers, corals, and sponges while you explore the many wrecks – Ana Cecilia, Amaryllis, and PC 1174 to name a few.

Come face-to-face with sea turtles in their natural habitat. Photo Credit: Richard Segal

BOYNTON LEDGES

Big schools of grunts, moray eels, and snapper can be found at the Boynton Ledges.  The dramatic ledges plunge at least 20 feet makes it a very popular dive.  You can find the ledges southeast of the Ocean Ridge natural area located off the city of Ocean Ridge.

GULFSTREAM BEACH PARK

If you are looking to ogle colorful reef fish, stingrays, and nurse sharks, check out Gulfstream Beach Park just south of Boynton Beach.

This park is perfect for families as it also offers a playground, bathrooms, BBQs, and lifeguards.  There are a handful of shallow reefs close to the shore – a great way to introduce your little ones to the wonders of the ocean.

THE SEA EMPEROR AND THE UNITED CARIBBEAN

Located one mile southeast of the Boca Raton Inlet, are the Sea Emperor and the United Caribbean wrecks.  The Sea Emperor is a barge about 171’ long and 45’ wide.  It settled upside down, but that doesn’t stop you from seeing Goliath groupers, nurse sharks, and hundreds of other fish.

The United Caribbean, a steel cargo ship, is 50 feet below sea level.  The fish are similar to that of the Sea Emperor.  It was deliberately sunk as part of the Palm Beach artificial reef program which makes it a great diving wreck.

Whether you enjoy exploring underwater wrecks in South Florida or swimming with sea turtles, there are amazing snorkeling and diving hot spots throughout Palm Beach County, regardless of which Hilton property you are staying at.

Locations for these sites and more can be found at the Palm Beach County Dive Association.

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