Location: Just a short drive north of Fort Lauderdale beach is the Lauderdale By The Sea Anglin’s Pier at the end of Commercial Blvd. After launching from there we paddled around the area to a couple of mooring buoys and then back to the more shallow reefs that are located parallel to the pier on the south side of it.
LAT/LONG 26.188233, -80.088000
Description: The water depth is from about 10 feet to 30 feet and at slack high tide the water is often crystal clear. On some days, like on this outing, it can get rather crowded with other people snorkeling and divers below towing dive flags.
Notes For this Snorkel: This is the second time taking our tandem kayak out. Last time we only were able to spend a few hours at this location and were anxious to revisit this area when we had more time. The weather has been rainy and windy for the past few weeks and even yesterday the seas were way too rough to snorkel but today the ocean was flat so headed out early this morning. A friend, an experienced free diver, brought his kayak and also joined us.
Parking: Depending on the day get there very early or be ready to spend sometime finding a parking space. There is metered parking all along the street that takes credit cards, change, paper money and pay by phone that costs $1.25 per hour or you can park at the pier for a flat fee of $10 for the day. There is also limited metered parking one block south at Datura Ave at $1.25 per hour and the meters there are quarters only. On this day we went for the $10 pier parking since it was closest to the ocean for launching our kayak.
Amenities: Fresh water showers, food and shopping.
Critters spotted this snorkel:Schools of assorted small fish, Angelfish, Puffers, crabs, a nurse shark, sea fans, colorful soft and hard corals, other small critters amongst the rocks and coral.