By Pat Ford

Summer is upon us and with the Coronavirus sweeping Florida, there’s not a lot of traveling going on.  Fortunately we are surrounded by some of the most beautiful water and reefs in the world so it’s time to break out the fins and masks and do a little snorkeling.

There are several national and state parks within an easy car/boat ride from Miami.  If you have your own boat you can go most anywhere.  All you need to do is find a few coral heads and you will be amazed at how beautiful they are and the fish life that surrounds them.  Many are use July to scout for lobster but you really should spend some time taking in the whole fantastic picture.  If you don’t have a boat, most every dive shop will be able to recommend a dive boat that will be able to take you out for either snorkel or scuba trips at a very reasonable price.

The easiest snorkeling depth is less than 20’ for most folks and visibility is always best if you dive on the incoming to high tide.  There are strict rules about spearfishing in all the park areas but the are no limitations on cameras…all you really need is a GoPro which will take either videos or stills.

If you’re really adventurous you can go on a shark dive out of Jupiter with Salty Divers…it’s very safe and very exciting.