Florida is an incredibly diverse state when it comes to scuba diving. It’s hard to compile a comprehensive list of the best dive sites in Florida, because that depends so much on what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re a novice diver who wants to see as much as they can while staying as close to the surface as possible, or a grizzled tech pro looking to explore insides of the largest artificial reef in the world, the Florida peninsula offers ample opportunities for every experience level. Florida is famous for its coastline, but it also contains some of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world. Fish, birds, and turtles are as common here as in marine environments, but that’s where the familiarity stops. If you want a truly unique dive experience that emphasizes a diverse ecosystem in an atypical diving environment, then fresh water spring diving is a great way to experience it.
The ocean surrounding Fort Lauderdale is one of the few areas in the world where both freshwater and saltwater fishing are available within 20 minutes of one another. Deep-sea fishing can be enjoyed off the coasts of Deerfield, Pompano Beach, and Dania Beach. Each of these spots features excellent fishing conditions! There are many fishing charter operators departing from a variety of locations. Fishing boat charter range from large group boats to private high speed offshore yachts.
The best way to see Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood! Hop on & hop off at any of the15 stops all day for one low price. Enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s restaurants, bars, beaches and shopping while traveling by the magnificent mansions and yachts of the rich and famous. Experience Hollywood by hopping on the Margaritaville Express, that travels through Port Everglades and brings you directly to the 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar at the Margaritaville Resort. Hollywood offers one of the top beaches in the country and there is plenty to see and do along the world famous Broadwalk. Hop-on hop-off Fort Lauderdale water taxi valid for 12 hours Float along the waterways that give Fort Lauderdale its nickname the 'Venice of America' Get on and off at any of the stops in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood to visit shops, bars, eateries, and more Select the Happy Hour ticket when booking if you prefer an evening water taxi
Fort Lauderdale is the boating and yachting capital of the world. The intracoastal and side canals are lined with beautiful mega mansions. Along the main canal are many bars and restaurants that offer valet parking docks. Sipping on a drink or enjoying some appetizers while cruising will make your experience even more delightful. There is a great variety of yachts available for charter from 30' to 100' accommodating up to 20 guests. Half day prices range from approximately $400 for a 23' boat, or $1,500 for a 50' ten passenger yacht. There are even 13 passenger party pontoon boats available for up to 13 guests for $750 half day rate.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the greatest boat show on the seven seas. Owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) and produced by Informa Markets, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is recognized as the largest in-water boat show in the world.
Located steps from the beach in sunny South Florida, FLIBS spans nearly 90 acres across three million square feet of exhibit space that is connected by an intricate network of water and ground transportation services. The five-day show attracted over 100,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors representing 52 countries with more than 1,300 boats on display in 2019. Products range from sunglasses to superyachts and everything in between.
Butterfly World is located in Tradewinds Park Coconut Creek, It opened in 1988, and is the largest butterfly park in the world, and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The facility houses around 20,000 live butterflies. The Paradise Adventure Aviary includes fountains with ponds, and butterflies. The Hanging Garden & Butterfly Emerging Area has display cases with hanging pupa and emerging butterflies. The Tropical Rain Forest Aviary includes a waterfall, tropical plants, free flying birds, and butterflies.
Grace Gardens is an outdoor botanical garden with flowering tropical plants. The Wings of the World Secret Garden has one of the largest collections of flowering passionflower vines in the world. The Jewels of the Sky Aviary is where exotic birds can be seen.
The Museum/Insectarium features exhibits of mounted specimens of beetles, scorpions, moths and other insects, The Bug Zoo displays live insects including water bugs, spiders, wasps, walking sticks and mantids. Visitors can view the laboratory where the butterflies are raised and can see the different stages including eggs, caterpillars, and pupae.