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Snorkeling off the beach in John Pennekamp?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by alexlakeman, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. alexlakeman

    alexlakeman Angel Fish

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    I am looking to start exposing my kids to snorkeling and someone mentioned there is decent snorkeling off the "beach" area at john pennekamp... Is anyone familiar with the area? I know out in the ocen at John penekamp is good, but can't really go out on a boat every day...

    Any other areas in S FL with decent diving off the coast? ...can't be too far out, as it will be with a 9 and 11 year old.
     
  2. fisheyeview

    fisheyeview Divemaster

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    There is a snorkel trail off the beach at Pennicamp. They have an old canon, and some other stuff that the kids may enjoy seeing.
     
  3. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

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    At high tide, I occasionally see snorklers at blue heron bridge. I have heard the snorkling is good a McAurther Park in Palm Beach County (on Singer Island) as long as the surf is not rough. I snorkled around Carlin Park in Jupiter a few weeks ago. You snorkel over rocks and they are not all that interesting, like a reef would be, but I did see some tropicals, a squid and a fairly large southern sting ray swimming over said rocks. At all of these sites, you'll need to tow a dive flag.


    Carlin Park
    Main Page - John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Florida State Parks
    Blue Heron Bridge
     
  4. alexlakeman

    alexlakeman Angel Fish

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    Thanks for the info to both..
     
  5. OneRestlessNative

    OneRestlessNative Solo Diver

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    Google (bathtub beach) South Hutchinson Island. Webcam available, high tide dive and should be great for the kids if the swell is down.
     
  6. floridanewbe

    floridanewbe Loggerhead Turtle

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    John pennekamp is not worth it , the snorkel area is small and they wont see anything.If your going south then Bahia Honda is great , loads of fish , shallow ideal for your ages.
    If your in Key west Fort Zachary is even better. They have placed man made rock piles 20 yards of the coast , loads to see all around. Depth is about 15 foot on the backside and current can be strong so its a bit harder than Bahia Honda.
     
  7. John_B

    John_B Grasshopper

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    Snorkeling with non-divers can be fun at Bahia Honda. Here is a pdf of the Florida Parks guide to snorkeling Bahia Honda. Do not underestimate the current in the channel (easily avoided).
     
  8. alexlakeman

    alexlakeman Angel Fish

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    Thanks to both comments on bahia honda and all the other ones... I am going to start planning the trip this wknd... so will look into that... I was planning to staying in key largo, but if that's that good down there, I need it for them... I also want to go out on a charter snorkeling, so will just have to find one in Key west vs key largo.
     
  9. floridanewbe

    floridanewbe Loggerhead Turtle

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    I would recommend Captains Corner in Key West they take divers and snorkelers. Located in the port in front of Conch Republic, there is a booth right their .Do not book anything on Duval you will pay extra.
     
  10. lmorin

    lmorin Loggerhead Turtle

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    Where, exactly? I have been off the gulf side and off the beach in front of the northern campground (inside the marked swimming area) and have seen exactly 2 fish. Have not been in the area oceanside toward the old bridge. Is it better?
     

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