Top Ocean Recreation Activities in Fort Lauderdale

With more than 23 miles of beautiful sandy beaches and warm waters year-round, Fort Lauderdale truly is an ideal destination for fun aquatic pursuits one can enjoy solo, or with a big group. Here are the top ocean activities you can try in Fort Lauderdale.

Snorkeling and Diving

South Florida beaches are some of the most stunning sights you could feast your eyes on, but the views you get underwater are just as spectacular. Directly off of the Pompano Beach Club Recreation Center, located about half a mile south of the Pompano Pier, is a wonderful snorkeling spot where you can find flat rock masses, diverse coral reefs, sponges and sea whips. The site is approximately 350 yards offshore, with depths ranging from 6 to 22 feet.
Another site to explore is Vista Park Reef. About 175 yards offshore are two to four-foot ledges. When you swim right over them, you get to see a kaleidoscope of tropical fish, tarpon, barracudas, nurse sharks, and snook. Depth ranges between 13 and 20 feet.
Dive shops along the beach can help you organize your diving adventure. They offer scuba diving and glass bottom snorkeling trips that will take you to the best dive sites in Fort Lauderdale.


Woven with 300 miles of waterways and 40,000 resident yachts, the Venice of America is definitely a boater’s paradise.
If you don’t own a yacht, no problem. Rentals are readily available in Fort Lauderdale. Companies offer professionally crewed luxury yacht charters for individuals and groups of all sizes. A boat trip can, of course, include exploring the white sand beaches, snorkeling in the clear South Floridian waters and even feasting on a barbecue buffet while sailing the ocean.

Deep Sea Fishing

Try your hand at fishing with a thrilling excursion at Bahia Mar Marina in Fort Lauderdale. Cast your rod and catch some mangrove snapper, snook or crevalle jack while enjoying a picture-perfect Florida backdrop.
Take your yacht out for a trip or charter a boat that includes a licensed captain and a guide who will take you to the best fishing spots while giving you tips for making a catch. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or not, you’ll have a great time. 

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