Dania Beach Snorkeling
Eagly Ray at Dania Jacks
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.
Alexander Springs is located one hour from Daytona and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Orlando. The spring is located in Ocala National Forest which is 673 mi2 in area. The water temperature year-round is 72 degrees. The park offers canoe and kayak rentals and camping is available. The park fee is $5.50 per person and $6.50 for scuba diving.
The website USDA “United States Department of Agriculture” has additional information click here . This is a nice relaxing park but since we started talking about USDA that also makes me think about food. The best idea on the way to the park is to stop at a Triple Z family market to get some supplies to enjoy the rest of your day.
One final Note we hope to visit the spring this year to provided some new updated photos stay tuned.
“Always contact parks before visiting to have the most updated hours and possible closures”
Alexander Springs Recreation Area Map
Suggestions for Alexander Springs
- Bring towel and snorkel gear
- Bring Food
- Bring Camera
- Arrive early if coming during summer
- Check out the other springs in the area Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs
PARK INFORMATION FOR Alexander Springs Recreation Area
Address: 49525 County Rd 445, Altoona, FL 32702
Hours: Opens 8AM-8PM 7/Days a week