North of Fort Lauderdale, the snorkeling along the Datura Avenue Snorkel Trail (aka Shipwreck Snorkel Trail) is well known. The Datura shipwreck snorkeling trail is in 15 foot deep water, which is known to have up to 25 feet of visibility at high tide.
Also known as the Shipwreck Snorkel Trail, the start of this snorkeling route is marked by a white buoy about 200 feet offshore.
Along the trail, there is a recreated ship wreck with cannons, ballast pile and an anchor. While snorkeling the trail, keep on the look out for colorful reef fish, stingrays and nurse sharks.
After a long day of snorkeling at Datura Avenue, grab a cool drink at the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale.
To reach the Datura snorkeling from US95, use the Commercial Boulevard exit. Head east on Commercial Boulevard to A1A. Turn south on A1A to Datura Avenue. Head to east end of Datura Avenue and look for one of the very limited metered parking spots (time limit strickly enforced). To reach the snorkeling in southeast Florida by air, there are several options. The most popular option is to fly into Miami International Airport (MIA), which is served by all major US and international airlines. Also nearby, a potentially lower cost option is to fly into Ft Lauderdale airport (FLL). From either of these airports, you can rent a car to drive to the dive site, but watch out for automated cash-less toll highways along the way.
Overall, Datura Avenue Shipwreck Snorkel Trail is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Florida Southeast.