South Inlet Park | Boca Raton Snorkeling Beach Dive Site

Dive Site: South Inlet Park MAP IT!
City: Boca Raton, Florida
Type of Dive: South Florida Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Beach Dive
Depth: 8-15 Feet
Parking: Parking Lot ($3/hr on the weekends) Accepts Cash, Visa, Discover, Master Card.
Local Beach Cam: South Inlet Park Beach Cam + Deerfield Beach Pier Beach Cam
Last Updated: 9/8/2013

Snorkeling + Scuba Diving South Inlet Park:

Snorkeling South Inlet Park | Boca Raton MapThe South Inlet Park reefs are both natural (west & north) and artificial (east). Located on the south side of the Boca Raton Inlet, these reefs are in about 12 feet of water. You can spend a lot of time here as the reefs are close and expansive.

The natural reef starts about 175 feet offshore and runs from the jetty to beyond South Inlet Park. The natural reef is covered in sand, but has sea grass growing on it. Many non-fish marine creatures can be found here.  The artificial reef is 325 feet off shore and runs from the main walkway of South Inlet Park to the south side of the building south of the park. Pay attention to the current to determine the best entry point.

>Do not swim around the jetty!

Like most of South Florida, you MUST use a dive flag when scuba diving and snorkeling at South Inlet Park.

Driving Directions To South Inlet Park In Boca Raton:

From I-95, take Hillsboro Blvd. (exit 42A) east. Make a left onto NE 20th Ave. Follow the road to the right and then make a left onto NE 21st Ave. / A1A / N. Ocean Blvd. You will take this road for about 1.5 miles. South Inlet Park will be on your right.

What You May See At Boca Raton South Inlet Park:

Sergeant Majors, Trumpetfish, Cowfish, Blueheads, Pufferfish, Parrotfish, French Angelfish, Flounder, Eel, Small Sea Snakes, Squid, Octopus, Spotted Eagle Rays, Fire Coral.

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Boca Raton’s South Inlet Park

  1. Great reef for a short or long snorkel trip. I dive here constantly and its a very calm and relaxed place to practice freediving. Since hurricane Sandy the rocks have had some extra sand built up but that is starting to fade and the reef should be back to complete normality in about another month. The reef has a plentiful supply of medium sized snapper and some occasional Yellow Tail Jack. perfect for the novice spearfisherman. A great reef for all types of divers.

  2. Hello!
    I have recently just moved to Boca and am about 10 min. from the park.

    What are some rules for snorkeling South Inlet Park? Do I just walk into the water with a dive flag and swim out? If I go before 9 to avoid the life guards will they bug me while I am out there once they arrive?

    • Hey Chris,

      You must have a flag at South Inlet Park. This is a known spot. So you just walk into the water with a dive flag and swim out. Easy!

      The lifeguards we spoke with here were all chill. One informed us that you can scuba here, but you have to enter the water to the south…so you’re NOT entering the water where they patrol.

  3. Which is a better snorkel spot, red reef or here?

    • Hi John,

      We haven’t done Reef Reef in a few years, but we like South Inlet Park 100% more. It’s a bigger, more enjoyable reef. The benefit to Red Reef is that you don’t need a dive flag.

  4. do you have to pay to get in here?

  5. Want to take 4 year old snorkeling. She swims but not strong swimmer yet. Would this be a good place? Any suggestions would be appreciated. This site best I have seen! Thanks

    • Kathleen,
      Thank you! We’re glad you like our website! It’s hard for us to judge 4 years old. Ocean Reef Park might be a better snorkeling spot to gauge the child’s comfort in the water. It’s very shallow and you must go at high tide.
      If she’s comfortable there, then South Inlet Park would be a spot to explore. South Inlet is a little deeper and further out.

    • Jupiter Island is the best snorkeling reef for children and toddlers. The reef comes out of the water, so all your child has to do is bend down to see fish.

  6. will be visiting florida soon. Where do I get a flag, in order to snorkel?

  7. 1. Amazing site. Are you an Against Me fan?
    2. Are there any worries about currents? I want to start snorkeling but am worried about being swept out. I grew up in FL so i’m very familiar with rips, but swimming over 100 ft out without a watercraft worries me.

    • Glad you like our website. We redid it over the weekend… Still making small tweaks.

      Haha- yes! We’re Against Me! fans. As you probably guessed, that’s where the name and stylization of the name came from (Against Me!).

      At times there’s a mild current, but we’ve never encountered a strong one here that worried us.
      to give you an idea on distance out, from the shore to the end of the Deerfield Beach Pier is 660ish FT. I’ve snorkeled here before and saw elementary kids with their parents. Make sure you have a flag and DO NOT swim around the jetty.

      • I love that band, too.

        Thanks for the advice. Yeah, currents just worry me. But I’ve never swam with fins and I hear they make worlds of difference in terms of mobility and power.
        Do y’all have an opinion on the full faced snorkel masks V traditional?
        Thanks again.

        • Hi John,
          the fullface snorkeling masks are becoming more and more popular for snorkeling as it allows the user to breathe from their nose (traditional mask/snorkel, you breathe from your mouth). We’d say: if you don’t plan on diving down or getting scuba certified, full face would be a good fit. If you’re interested in scuba, we’d recommend the traditional mask and snorkel set up.

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  8. Forget doing anything at boca inlet, go to Lauderdale by the Sea. WAY more reef.

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