Fort Lauderdale: Off into the water

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When I think back to my road trip through Florida a few years ago, I can't even turn off the cinema inside my head. Especially the sea with its thousands of shades of blues has impressed me. One of my stops on the trip was the coastal city Fort Lauderdale – also known as the Venice of America. In this blog story you'll find out why divers and snorkelers will like it here:

Fort Lauderdale: Something for every Water Sports enthusiast

In Greater Fort Lauderdale water enthusiasts get their money's worth. The coastal city not only has pleasant warm water temperatures all year round, but also offers a lot of variety in the water!

Scuba Diving in Greater Fort Lauderdale

What would a trip be without diving? Probably not one I would undertake any time soon. And that's why my first tip is: go scuba diving!

Fort Lauderdale has the nickname Shipwreck Capital of America because a few years ago a lot of ships were sunk here to create artificial reefs. The results are impressive! The wrecks are now covered with colorful corals and fish have found a new home.

Even if wrecks are not your thing, you can also find other dive sites in the Fort Lauderdale region. Some of them are also easy to reach without a boat. Grab your diving buddy and start exploring under the surface!


Especially popular with divers are the following dive sites, which feature especially colourful reefs and many fish:

  • Hammerhead Reef
  • Blue Heron Bridge
  • Hydro Atlantic
  • Jim Atria Wreck
  • Tenneco Towers

You can dive all year round with water temperatures between 22-28°C. However, I would advise you not to travel here in September as this is hurricane season.

Depending on the season, you can encounter different animal species in the water:

  • Spring: Hammerhead sharks (especially on the outer reefs)
  • Summer: Manta rays, various turtles, and sharks
  • Autumn: Lobsters
  • Winter: Bull sharks, sailfish, and possibly whale sharks as well

Snorkelling in Fort Lauderdale

The distinctive feature of Greater Fort Lauderdale is that there are some reefs that can be reached in a few minutes from the beach. So even non-divers can observe the beauty of the sea from the surface. At Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Hollywood the reefs are particularly close to the coast and are just waiting to be discovered by you – these include the following beautiful snorkeling spots:

  • Vista Park Reef
  • Pompano Beach
  • Hollywood North Beach Park

Water sports in Fort Lauderdale

In general, you can take part in various water sports in the Fort Lauderdale region, in addition to jet skiing you can also surf and go stand-up paddle boarding. But just let yourself be inspired and see what the locals are doing in the water!

Tips and helpful links

  • The price lists of the dive shops can sometimes be very confusing, as they break down the price for the boat, guide and equipment individually. In order to avoid misunderstandings, ask the dive shop for a total price – so you won't get any surprises like me back then.
  • Here you can find more information about the Greater Fort Lauderdale region, Fort Lauderdale as a destination and the USA in general.

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  • It’s been many years since I’ve been to Fort Lauderdale, but sadly, I did not try any of the water activities when I was there! It’s def something I should do, as you have many great reasons that you’ve listed!

  • I always enjoyed visiting Fort Lauderdale, moreso than Miami, but I never realized that diving was big there. We mostly ate and drank, lol!

  • So neat! My dad was a scuba instructor when I was growing up and I remember always going to Florida with him and swimming above the divers. It’s a great memory!

  • Fort Lauderdale seems like a great place for water sports! I don’t think I’d be brave enough to try them in the winter with all the sea creatures that you come across during that part of the year. haha

  • I had no idea that you could make an artificial reef! I’ll need to check out some of the near-beach sites (I have family a few miles away in Pompano) next time I’m down there – I love the water but can’t dive :/

  • I really loved Ft. Lauderdale, in fact, I liked it better than Miami when I visited. We missed diving there and would someday come back to experience that 🙂

  • First..I love love your blog!! I also love it that your post was not a marathon of long paragraphs..a girl after my own heart..Ha..I do not do long blog posts.!

    Also your drone pics are quite amazing..I want to learn drone photography, and now I want to go to Florida!


  • Wow, your photography is stunning. I especially love the shot looking down on the beach – you could sell it as a print. Oh do I miss the beach and Fort Lauder Dale looks epic.

  • Hello Viki! Your article on Fort Lauderdale is really amazing. Thanks for sharing. Artificial reefs are really beautiful. Keep posting such beautiful blogs.

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