North of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the snorkeling off Pompano Beach Dropoff is known for its rock formations, corals and sponges that provide habitat for marine life. There is also remnants of the Copenhagen wreck. The best Pompano Beach snorkeling is about 1,000 feet offshore in depths from 10 to 20 feet. The snorkeling dive site is about a half mile south of the Pompano Pier offshore of 100 Briny Avenue and directly offshore of the Pompano Beach Club Recreation Center. When snorkeling off Pompano Beach Park, a diver-down flag is highly recommended due to the fast boat traffic moving up and down the coast.
Another snorkeling dive site close to shore is called Suzzanes Ledge. It is located about 500 feet north of the pier and about 400 feet offshore.
In the scuba diving community, Pompano Beach is known as the wreck capital of Florida. There are over 16 dive-able wrecks off-shore.
After a long morning of Pompano Beach snorkeling, try grabbing a cool drink at the Aruba Beach Cafe near the pier. And, in the evening, try the creative dinner at Diner-By-The Sea in Pompano Beach or Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale.
While in the Pompano Beach area, also check out the Datura Avenue Snorkel Trail.
To reach the Pompano Beach 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, Pompano Beach is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Florida Southeast.