Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Florida is without a doubt one of the most popular places in the world to scuba dive and snorkel. Unlike the Florida Keys, where the coral reefs are 5 miles offshore, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s coral reefs are just 100 yards off the beach. The Datura Avenue beach entrance is one of the most popular spots for divers and snorkelers in Broward County. There is a Shipwreck Snorkel Trail off Datura in 10 feet of water. The Town is also home to the SS Copenhagen, a British shipwreck and Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve. Because of our popularity with divers, the Town is known as Florida’s Beach Diving Capital.
Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea oozes with Old Florida charm and celebrates its amazing sea life. Visitors entering the Town on Commercial Boulevard are welcomed by an 18-foot tall sculpture of a coral reef. With reef-themed artwork dotting our downtown district, casual restaurants with lots of live music, and hotels right on the beach, divers will feel right at home when staying here.
To celebrate Florida’s lobster mini-season, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea annually sponsors BugFest-By-The-Sea in July, when scuba divers can win thousands in cash and prizes. Featuring the Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest, a mini-season kickoff party, lobster chef competition, and reef clean-up, there’s plenty of opportunities for divers to get wet!
Dive/Snorkel Area Guide Downloads
Dive Site Map (1707 KB)
Beach Diving (4354 KB)
The Town is home to SS Copenhagen, a 19th Century British steamship that wrecked in May 1900, less than a mile offshore in 25 feet of water. Florida designated the wreck as an Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 1994. With an estimated 10,000 annual visitors, SS Copenhagen is the most popular underwater preserve in Florida. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Underwater wreck maps are available at our two dive shops, Town Hall and at the Chamber of Commerce.
South of Anglin’s Pier, there are two unique spots beach divers can explore: Shipwreck Snorkel Trail: Dedicated in 2002 by explorer Jean-Michele Cousteau, the site was built by the Marine Archaeological Council to promote Broward County’s rich maritime heritage. The trail has an anchor, five concrete cannons and a ballast pile.