Location: Vista Park Reef located about 1000 feet from shore from Vista Park.
LAT/LONG 26.16313, -80.09574
Description: This is a secluded little gem mostly known only to locals. The reef is a short swim straight out from the beach area just past the no boats allowed buoy so you must have a dive flag. The water depth is from about 8 to 20 feet. Slack high tide will provide the clearest water but the water is also deeper. The reef itself is a mostly flat reef with patches of coral, lots of sea fans and scattered fish.
Notes For this Snorkel:
We pulled pool floaties along with our dive flag so that we could relax on them when we got tired. The ocean was flat but visibility was only decent unless you dived down close to the bottom.
Parking: Depending on the day, get there very early or be ready to spend sometime waiting for someone to leave freeing up a parking space. There is a central parking meter takes credit cards, change, paper money and pay by phone.
Amenities: One fresh water shower. Picnic tables, BBQ grills.
Critters spotted this snorkel:Sea urchins, French Angelfish, sea fans, sponges, some colorful soft and hard corals, a few large unknown fish, and a few dozen other small fish.