A Week in Florida

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by iztok, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    I was hoping to stay about a week in Florida and wanted to do some dives. A mixture of shore, night, boat dives. So I was wondering where should I start looking? (I've only been to the Key Largo area in the past but there is no shore dives there.)

    What would you suggest? I absolutely love night/evening dives and shore night dives would be my preference.
     
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  2. OneFastEuro

    OneFastEuro Angel Fish

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    There some decent shore dives in the fort lauderdale / lauderdale by the sea area. And a plethora of boats... Key largo is definitely nice, down in FLL we use American Dream and Scubatyme as boats, definitely a lot to see.
     
  3. Garrobo

    Garrobo Great White

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    Fort Lauderdale, Pompano area.
     
  4. bilsant

    bilsant Regular of the Pub

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    Pretty much from the north end of Pompano Beach all the way down through Hollywood will provide some good shore diving. Don't forget Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach !!
     
  5. Scott L

    Scott L Giant Squid

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    West Palm Beach to Jupiter for boat dives...

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  6. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Thank you so much! I'll start looking at a Marriott property in Fort Lauderdale area then!
     
  7. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Would West Palm Beach be ok? Or is it too north from FLL? I can get a Courtyard stay at $59 a night at WPB!
     
  8. ft.lauderdale diver

    ft.lauderdale diver Barracuda

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    too far imo.... stay at the mariott and you be diving in minutes vs an hour!
     
  9. ft.lauderdale diver

    ft.lauderdale diver Barracuda

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    also google Gold Coast Scuba as they have daily shore dives planned and frequent charters organized on the weekends
     
  10. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Booked at Marriott Fort Lauderdale North. Better?
     
  11. idive2

    idive2 Manta Ray

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    West Palm Beach for the bridge is not to big of a drive during off rush hour. Rush hour is bad especially on
    I95 leaving and going into fort lauderdale. North Lauderdale is a good location. For a night shore dive I would
    highly recommend Lauderdale by the Sea from either hibiscus or datura street. A few more parking spots at datura
    than hibiscus but during the evening you should miss the beach goers and get a spot. The first reef comes in less
    than a piers length from the shore and probably a safe bet for night diving. The second reef comes in at about
    1.3 pier lengths and has a more pronounced inside ledge. A bit farther though and for night diving someone new to
    the site might be more comfortable with the first reef. Best reef diving from a charter going north is boynton beach, west palm
    beach and even farther north with deeper ledges is jupiter. All very good diving !
     
  12. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Well thank you everyone for this information it was really beneficial.

    I made a reservation at Marriott Fort Lauderdale North.

    Check-in: Sunday, December 25, 2011
    Check-out: Friday, December 30, 2011

    Anyone around that plans to dive any of those days (26-29th). As I said I prefer evening but would like mostly shore dives so not to limit on times too much.

    Are any local laws that I need to know? I would like to catch (or at least try to) some lobsters and/or pole spear some fish while at it (new to both).
     
  13. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    I did and I am in the process of joining their Meetup space. It looks like they have a morning 11:30a and two evening dives that will work for me during that time.
     
  14. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Which boat would you guys suggest if I want to see a wreck or two?

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  15. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny Buoyancy Babe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Personally, I like Capt. Tony with Diversity in Hillsboro. Easy access to a lot of wrecks, Sea Emperor is one of the most famous here. Shallow (70ft to the sand) and a lot of friendly critters. It's a bit cheezy for some, but I love the dive! Futher south, try SeaExperience. Never been out on them, but have hear nothing but good. And even further south is Capt. Todd with American Dream. Big boat, and closest to Tennaco Towers (100ft+).

    (I hope you are not staying at the Marriott Beach Resort on S. Ft. Lauderdale Beach. I don't think you are, but wanted to thow out that they are not turtle friendly despite advertising they are)

    I think the times you are here are good for a dive at Blue Heron Bridge. The manatees should be there by then. Only dive BHB on a high tide. If looking for beach dive buddies, give me a hollar...

    Lobstering.. you will need a salt water license and a lobster stamp. It is hit or miss on lobstering. It may be really good, it may be nary one in sight.

    Winter diving is very dependent on weather. Can get some really beautiful days or just dang blustery cold-- for us southern folk! LOL
     
  16. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Yes! Shore diving is what I am looking forward the most esp. night dives!

    BHB is on my list if I find a buddy yes!

    Staying at Marriott Ft. Lauderdale North (just off I-95)
     

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