Dania Beach Snorkeling
If your in Fort Lauderdale or just happen to be in the area check out the Dania Jaxs. Its artificial reef located 300 feet from shore. The Jaxs stretches 1,500 feet until the first reef edge. The reef is located inside Dr, Von D Mitzell Johnson State Park. Once you enter the park drive until the first parking lot on your right. Get your gear and walk towards the beach, a bathroom and outside shower are located on your left after you cross the bridge. The bridge goes over Whiskey Creek. Whiskey Creek is great for paddle boards and kayaks. I do suggest wearing long sleeves to avoid the mosquitoes and noseeums if you decide to paddle here in the afternoon.
Once you have reached the starting point to the Dania Jax marked with a white stone pillar. The Jacks are located 300 feet straight out. Make sure that your clothing is out of reach from the tide before going snorkeling. Things you can expect to see here are Fish”:)”, ells, turtles, nurse sharks, star fish honestly its a big list and I wanna keep this short.
Hopefully you had a great day snorkeling here since your car is already parked, The Dania
Pier has Quarterdeck Restaurant located on top its a quick walk south along the beach. If you decide to stay inside the Park plenty of options are available. If you walk a little north BC whiskey Creek hideout is located inside the parking offering refreshments, kayaks and paddle board rentals.
” Whether you swim, snorkel, scuba, or freedive; please help protect Florida reefs. Corals are colonies of very small animals which may take hundreds of years to form the structures visible today. Please don’t walk upon or stand on coral, as this can kill the living coral polyps that are the builders of the reef structure”
“Be Safe Dive flag is mandatory for this snorkeling site”
- Best option is to park in Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson state park and walk south to the Jacks
- Snorkeling gear and dive flag
- Beach towels
- Bring water
- Don’t leave valuables on the beach or exposed in your car!
Park Information Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
Fees: Admission Fee
$6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
$2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Boat Launch Fee $9.00