Lauderdale By The Sea | Scuba Diving Beach Dive Site

Dive Site: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea + LBTS Shipwreck Snorkel Trail MAP IT!
City: Lauderdale-By-the-Sea, Florida
Type of Dive: South Florida Beach Dive | Great for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Depth: 12-16 Feet
Parking: Metered
Local Beach Cam: Commercial Pier Beach Cam
Last Updated: 5/10/2017

Lauderdale By The Sea Beach Dive:

The Lauderdale-By-the-Sea beach dive is one of the most visited dive sites in Broward County! This natural reef involves the shortest surface swim in the county, at only 100 yards from the beach. There’s a reason why Broward County declared Lauderdale-By-The-Sea the “Shore Dive Capital of South Florida” in 1997. This site is also a popular spot for lobstering.

The Lauderdale By The Sea Shipwreck Snorkel Trail:

The Lauderdale-By-the-Sea Shipwreck Snorkel Trail is an artificial reef which any pirate would love! The reef is made up of an anchor, five concrete cannons and a ballast pile. All of the shipwreck artifacts are located within a 100′ x 20′ area which is 200 feet offshore.

Both of these South Florida Beach dive locations are great for scuba diving, snorkeling and free diving.

You MUST use a dive flag when scuba diving and snorkeling at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Directions to the Lauderdale By The Sea Shipwreck Snorkel Trail:

From I-95, Take exit 32 for Commercial Blvd. and head east. Make a right onto A1A / N Ocean Blvd. Make a left onto Datura Ave. There are about 10 metered spots at the end of the road.

What You May See at the Lauderdale By The Sea Dive Site:

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! Lobster, Eel, Nurse Sharks, Sea Turtles, Rays, Sergeant Majors, Cuttlefish, Barracuda, Trumpet Fish, French Angels, Blue Angels, Parrotfish, Doctorfish, Blue Headed Wrasse, Tarpon. An anchor, cannons and ballast pile. The now defunct Biorock Project.

Explored the Lauderdale By The Sea Dive Site Before?

Write your own review by leaving a reply on the bottom of this page!

Have photos of the Lauderdale By The Sea Dive Site?

Submit your photos to and we’ll make sure you receive proper credit!

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling The Lauderdale By The Sea Reef

  1. My son and daughter in law are coming down from ct. The would like to do some diving, so I was looking to what we have to offer. They were looking to go to the keys but may want to dive here also.


    • Hi Don,

      Thanks for checking out our site!

      LBS is a popular and fun spot to dive. Will they be snorkeling or scuba diving while down in South Florida? If Scuba diving, they may want to also check out the plant life at Vista Park Reef in FTL.

  2. Lauderdale-by-the-sea is currently my favorite beach dive due to the variety of fish, sharks and coral so close to shore.

    Its very close to home and affordable.

  3. I dive Datura Ave 3-4 times per week. Alone, with a buddy or with the family. It’s a great place that always has lots to see for every interest. We average 90 – 130 minutes per dive. Great for night dives too.

  4. Interesting dive site really nice place to do some scuba diving.

  5. Can you rent snorkeling equipment there and is there a place to lock your stuff?

    • Hi Matthias sorry for the delay with getting back to you. There are 2 dive shops that are walking distance from here. Deep Blue is on A1A (about 1 block from the portal) and Gold Coast Scuba is ON Commercial BLVD. about a 5-10 minute walk from the portal. they both rent gear.

  6. How does using a dive flag work here? I was hoping to drop by and do a little snorkeling as I live close by. But I don’t have a flag. Do you have to rent one for the reefs? Any guidance is appreciated.

  7. Hello, Where is the reef in relation to the peer? Going to be there this weekend. Trying to figure our where to enter from the beach. Thanks, Bill

  8. Hello, am planning a trip next year for my 12yo (and the rest of the family) who has asked to go snorkeling and see coral reefs. We don’t scuba dive- Could we see much by just renting snorkeling gear? Would you recommend LBTS over the keys? I know he’s going to want to snorkel daily, and I don’t want to pay boat fees daily. Also, I’ve read that jellyfish can be a problem in August in the keys. How about in LBTS? (I can only take my vacation in August.) Any tips would be appreciated! Although it’s our family vacation, I want to make sure he gets his “dream” snorkeling trip. TIA!

    • Hi Gail,

      Sorry for the delay with getting back to you. YES! many many people snorkel LBTS. you guys will see plenty. Peanut Island is another great snorkeling spot in Palm Beach.

  9. Which pier for the Lauderdale by the sea point is better to enter at from the beach by foot? We were hoping to go right from the beach and snorkel some to see some beautiful reefs and fish. I saw from the Q & A’s that you can start at a peer and go out for 200ft along the reef. Is it all reef or breaks into the reefs from the pier reef?

    • Hi Cindy,

      when you enter from the beach (most people enter on the SOUTH side of the pier), the reef starts a few hundred feet from the beach. it will then fade to sand. If you keep swimming east, you’ll reach a much prettier reef that has much more life.

  10. Hi there!

    I’d like to check LBTS this weekend. Is it necessary to take into account tides/currents at this spot? I would assume high-slack would be best for clarity but unfortunately that is at 4am. Does it really make a difference here?


  11. Can you walk down the pier and jump off? Or is that not allowed/preferred? Is there a current that may push us toward/away from the pier? Are the natural reef areas too deep to snorkel? Thank you!

  12. we are coming down for the weekend and planning on snorkeling. do you have to use a guide or are you allowed to just snorkle out to reefs from the beach

Leave a Reply

Latest Posts

Support Sink, Florida, Sink!

Additional Information