Among South Beach’s many splendid attractions diving heads the top of a few lists. Florida is the center of scuba diving in the USA, and Florida diving rules. South Beach finds itself smack dab in this divers’ paradise. Its turquoise waters offer some of the most beautiful diving in the world, with teeming marine life, shipwrecks, and reefs. The Gulf Stream gives the area warm water year round with excellent visibility and some of the best drift diving in the United States. In addition to unparalleled diving and snorkeling (and an underwater photographer’s dream site) lobstering and spear-fishing are also popular among locals and tourists alike.
Spear-fishing is legal in Florida, as is lobstering from late July through March. Imagine snatching your own gourmet meal on a dive. You’ll need a Florida saltwater fishing license to do it, and don’t forget to follow the laws. If you prefer the more tranquil activity of photographing, or even filming, Florida’s limpid blue waters, mangled wrecks, abundant marine life, dramatic reef formations and stirring depths will make you shutter-happy. Goliath groupers, stingrays, sharks, moray eels, urchins and turtles, soft and hard corals: you’ll run out of film before you run out of subjects.
South Beach Divers, a PADI 5-Star facility located in the heart of South Beach, offers a wide array of services for diving enthusiasts, as well as a comprehensive selection of quality merchandise. South Beach Divers professional instructors provide expert dive lessons and scuba instruction, and have certified thousands of new divers. Take a diving class or two, or indulge in a one-day dive-and-snorkel trip to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary for an unforgettable wreck-diving adventure.
South Beach Dive and Surf Center. 850 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 531-6110 Mon.- Sat.: 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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