From the bottom of this bridge lies an underwater trail with shipwrecks, sea creatures and coral reefs that will transport you to the Little Mermaid's land. Phil Foster Park at Blue Heron Bridge is a snorkeling trail featuring lots of fish in a 14.7-acre beach park.
This is a popular snorkeling and muck diving site featuring a muddy environment with clear water during high tides. It is recommended to snorkel around high tide so divers have good visibility underwater.
Even though there is no signage of where the snorkeling trail starts, most divers around the area will direct you to it. The maximum depth is 20 feet which makes it great for beginner and advanced divers.
The snorkel trail runs parallel to the beach just inside the boat exclusion zone. The trail features three hammerhead shark statues, brick structures, and marine life including grunts, frogfish, sea horses, and octopi.
It is important to review the tide tables before going on a dive. The best time to snorkel and dive is 30 minutes prior to and after slack high tide.
Dive can last from 60 to 90 minutes during high slack tide. According to a Trip Advisor user, "This is an absolute delight to dive the Heron bridge during high tide. There were lots of creatures out for both my dives. It is a big area."
Live Free Diving is an underwater sports business that provides guests the opportunity to free dive at Phil Foster Park. If you want your scuba certification and explore marine life, Live Free Diving have the right instructors. Their mission is to provide meditation and relaxation through underwater activities.
The diverse marine life, numerous shipwrecks and clear environment make this spot one of the best dive sites in the world. If you are looking for a peaceful underwater adventure, pack a picnic basket and get your snorkel gear prepared. It is a world to be discovered.
Phil Foster Park at Blue Heron Bridge
Location: 900 E. Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Hours: Sunrise until 10 p.m.
Price: Parking is free but limited
Why you need to go: This is a great snorkeling trail for beginner divers with clear water and lots of fish.
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