It is no surprise that snorkeling and South Florida have always been a perfect match. It's a recreational activity that showcases the beauty of our water and its diverse native wildlife while providing an escape from the oppressive heat. Here are a handful of areas perfect for enthusiasts of all ages.
Coral Cove Park is home to a two acre, 12,500-ton, limestone-boulder artificial reef designed to attract a plethora of fish, and it works almost too well. That's because along with the large tropical game fish, migrating sharks have on occasion stopped by. Thankfully something the park is abundant in -- water visibility -- is also the one of the greatest deterrents to shark attacks since a bite is most likely to happen if the water is murky. Of course, the greatest protection against injury is the rescue staff, who evacuate the water at the first sighting of a shark until at least 30 minutes after the last sighting. Like the tourists of South Florida, sharks may make a habit of showing up but not usually for long. Don May, chief of ocean rescue, said sometimes his staff will go months without a report of one.