Location: Turtle Reef just north of the Deerfield Beach Pier about 150 feet from shore.
LAT/LONG 26.32334, -80.0725
Description: This reef is in about 6-12 feet of water and is a rocky artificial reef that is old enough to have a well established population of fish and invertebrates with some scattered corrals.
Notes For this Snorkel: The tide was going out so water clarity was less than perfect this day but with the water being very calm it was a relaxing snorkel. This reef is known for its turtle population but on this snorkel we did not spot any turtles.
We wanted to go snorkeling with the group from Tri-County Adventures but also wanted to kayak that day so we chose to kayak out to meet with the group. We launched our kayaks from under the Hillsboro bridge and paddled out the Boca Inlet to meet up with the group. Afterwards we paddled back into Lake Boca and hung out on the sand bar until in started getting dark. View Kayaking Track In Google Maps
Parking: Parking for us was free since we kayaked there but if you are snorkeling this reef from the beach you will need to park at the Deerfield parking garage which is a rather long walk from the beach. Parking is $10 or $7 if you print out the coupon on their site.
Amenities: There are fresh water showers and restroom located at the pier along with beach stores and places to eat.
Critters spotted this snorkel:Snails, Puffers, Trunkfish, schools of assorted small fish, sea fans, colorful soft and hard corals, other small critters amongst the rocks.