North of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the snorkeling at Vista Park Reef is popular for the wide, rocky reef located 250 feet offshore in water from 10 to 20 feet deep.
The Vista Park Reef is located just south of Oakland Park Boulevard at 1A. Use the public beach access point and head offshore. The reef is about 300 feet wide and provides habitat for damselfish, grunts, black margate, spadefish and snapper.
When snorkeling off Hollywood North Beach Park, a diver-down flag is highly recommended due to the fast boat traffic moving up and down the coast.
After a long day of snorkeling at Vista Park Reef, grab a cool drink at the Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale. 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, Vista Park Reef is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Florida Southeast.