Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach
The heart of SoFla’s hyper-developed coastline isn’t the obvious choice for a shore dive, but don’t overlook this gem off ritzy Singer Island, north of West Palm Beach. The shallow-water site has diversity to spare, with the potential for seeing everything from frogfish and sea robins to octopuses and tiny seahorses. (For more on diving Blue Heron Bridge, click here.)
USS Spiegel Grove, Key Largo
Marine life wasted no time in claiming this 510-foot artificial reef off Key Largo. It’s been only 10 years since it was sunk, landing on its starboard side — three years later, Hurricane Dennis shifted it upright onto its keel. This former loading ship dock is blanketed in vibrant coral and frequented by all sorts of fish.
Davis Reef, Islamorada
Nestled among the gorgonians and sometimes hidden behind a moving wall of fish is a small Buddha figure that makes this site unique. You can rub its head or belly for luck, but if you’re diving this riotously beautiful ledge, you probably don’t need it. Keep an eye out for moray eels and nurse sharks.