Does the Snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale Compare in Quality to the Keys?

By Dan
I am wondering if the snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida compares in quality to what you find in the Keys? I will be staying in Fort Lauderdale for a few days. It sounds like I can access some snorkeling from the beach there, or with a short boat ride (offered by a resort) to the local reef area.

But… will snorkeling there be comparable in quality to going down to the Keys and taking a boat out to a reef down there? Even close, in terms of the corals and fish I’ll see?

Thank you for any information.

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ATim – Mar 19, 2017 – Go South

I lived in south Florida for four years and am not aware of any snorkeling spots in Fort Lauderdale that could compare to the reefs in the Keys. There is not much coral growth near shore, and the Fort Lauderdale reefs accessible by boat are not in good snorkeling depths.

If you don’t want to go all the way down to Key Largo, maybe look into what snorkeling trips are offered off Key Biscayne in Miami area.

Susan – Mar 19, 2017 – Much More in the Keys

The Keys wins, especially Looe Key and Sombrero Reef. More fish, more hard and soft corals, more of everything.

Nicole & Galen – Apr 3, 2017 – A Guide to Southeast Florida Spots

Dan, don’t miss this post about the good snorkeling spots in southeast Florida, including Fort Lauderdale.

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