Dive Site: Turtle Reef aka County Line Reef MAP IT!
City: Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach, Florida
Type of Dive: South Florida Beach Dive
Depth: 13-18 Feet
Parking: Metered & Garage
Local Beach Cam: Deerfield Beach Pier
Last Updated: 5/27/2014
**As of 5/26/2014, Turtle Reef is covered in sand due to winter ocean conditions.
The Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Turtle Reef Beach Dive:
The Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Turtle Reef, also known as County Line Reef, is an artificial reef constructed of giant boulders. This dive site is a 5-minute walk north of the pier, in front of the Whitehall South condo building. To spot the condo from the beach, look for three similar white/off white high-rises which are next to each other. Entering the water in front of the north edge of the center building is recommended. The reef is about 600 feet out, nearly parallel to the end of the Deerfield Beach Pier.
From April to August, countless turtles come here!
The reef is a busy boating area and you MUST use a dive flag when scuba diving and snorkeling.
Directions to the Turtle Reef Beach Dive Location In Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach:
For Scuba Diving: 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. Take this road north for 1/3 of a mile and drop your scuba diving gear and buddy off at the bus stop bench, which will be on the right. The beach walkway/entrance is footsteps away from the drop off spot (view above link to map). Park your car in one of the designated parking areas and walk back to where you dropped off your buddy and gear.
For Snorkeling: From I-95, take Hillsboro Blvd. (42A) east. Make a left onto NE 20th Ave. for two blocks. Making a left when you see Island Water Sports will bring you to a parking garage which will be on your left. Making a right will bring you closer to the pier and to metered parking. Typically for snorkeling, metered parking is the cheaper route.
What You May See At The Boca Raton / Deerfield Beach Turtle Reef:
Turtles, Yellow Rays, Southern Stingrays, Eels, Nurse Sharks, Sergeant Majors, Sand Divers, Stonefish, Porcupine Fish, Grunts, Octopus.
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