Lauderdale By The Sea | Fort Lauderdale Scuba Diving Beach Dive Site

Dive Site: Lauderdale-By-The-Sea + LBS Shipwreck Snorkel Trail MAP IT!
City: Lauderdale-By-the-Sea (Fort Lauderdale), 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: 6/10/2013

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 LBS Shipwreck Snorkel Trail Beach Dive:
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 LBS Shipwreck Snorkel Trail Beach Dive Location:
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:
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, ballast pile.

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Lauderdale By The Sea | Fort Lauderdale
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling Beach Dive Site

9 comments on “Lauderdale By The Sea | Fort Lauderdale Scuba Diving Beach Dive Site

  1. Donald Weeks

    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. Dan

    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. Jose Muniz

    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. Matthias

    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.

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