Blue Heron Bridge Snorkeling
The 21st most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Southeast.
Saturday 19 November 2016 06:54 GMT
North of Miami near Riviera Beach, the snorkeling at Blue Heron Bridge in Phil Foster Park is well known for its 800 foot long Underwater Snorkeling Trail with artificial reefs and hammerhead shark statues. Located halfway across the Blue Heron Bridge connecting the city of Riviera Beach to Singer Island, the south side of Phil Foster Park island has a sandy beach from which snorkelers head out to follow the marked Underwater Snorkeling Trail. Also known as the Phil Foster Park Artificial Reef and Snorkel Trail, the trail lies within a marked Boat Exclusion Area to protect swimmers and results in plenty of fish. While snorkeling Blue Heron, you may encounter lionfish, giant starfish, squid, octopus and spotted eagle rays among the prefabricated reef modules, discrete limestone boulders and the three hammerhead statues. The water depth ranges from 6 to 10 feet deep. The best time of day for snorkeling is in the morning about a half hour before high-slack-tide, which carries along clear Atlantic Ocean water for the best visibility. If you choose to go beyond the marked Boat Exclusion Area, it is required by law to have a diver-down flag. Keep in mind that the area is known for strong currents outside of high-slack-tide.
After a long day of snorkeling at Phil Foster Park, head on over to the Riviera Beach Marina for a cold drink and fresh fish.
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. Head north on US95 to Exit #76. Continue east on West Blue Heron Boulevard (SR708) through the city of Riviera Beach and across Blue Heron Bridge. The Phil Foster Park is located at 900 E. Blue Heron Boulevard. It is located to the north of Peanut Island.
Overall, Blue Heron Bridge is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Florida Southeast. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Blue Heron Bridge including Biscayne National Park, Half Moon Preserve, Hollywood North Beach Park, Crandon Park, Neptune Memorial Reef and Cape Florida State Park.