The Breakers of Palm Beach

You MUST HAVE FINS (no short little pool exercise fins) FOR THIS SNORKEL!!! - There is almost always a kick ass current at this site (though lately it hasn't been that bad).

Please read all the directions because this site is not easy to get to and there are TWO totally different ways to access it.

We will be snorkeling the remains of a old wrecked pier located at the Breakers Hotel. There is also a natural reef you can explore but all the life is really at the remains of the pier.



First the bad news. You cannot park at the Breakers hotel and access this site unless you have a room at the hotel, are a club member, or are a guest of a club member. Valet is $20.00 a car. FYI the nearest shower is a 20 minute walk south of the beach from where we will be meeting.



I've posted two different ways to get to this reef. The first is from the South which is a pain in the butt, the second is from the North which I haven't actually done but you can supposedly park for free in a few locations and then walk to the beach and walk directly down to the reef.



Now for the good news. This site is one of the most life filled reefs I've ever seen. There are Barracuda, schools of giant tarpon, reef squid, and tons and tons of fish, eels and even the occasional octopus. While we were there a local dive boat that charges $50.00 a head dropped anchor and let it's passengers off to snorkel the site.



!!!DIRECTIONS!!!

It's a long walk to this dive site (15-20 minutes) so please think about that when you leave to join us.

PART I From South of the Breakers

Take I-95 to Okeechobee Blvd East (like you were going to City Place). Follow Okeechobee all the way to east till it ends at the ocean. Turn left. You are now at the beach. Park on the north end of the beach. Each spot is numbered and you pay at one of the parking meters by entering your spot number. You can pay with coins, or Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. IF YOU PARK ON A SIDE STREET IT COSTS LESS THAN PARKING RIGHT ON THE BEACH It's $2.00/hour on a side street $5.00/hour on the beach for a difference of about 40 feet. I recommend 3 1/2 hours ($7.00). We are starting this snorkel a little early because this is a very popular beach and parking fills up very quickly. Parking on most of the side streets is PERMIT ONLY!!! But there are 2 or 3 3 hour only free parking spots. You may want to carpool and DON'T BE LATE!!! At the beach, you are going to walk to the north end of the beach where there is a white house that juts out till it hits the water. Walk past this house to the Breakers hotel. We will meet on the beach below where the pool and the hotle intersect. This is the reef. It is about 50 ft past the end of the Breakers Hotel Beach. We will meet there.

The reef is located directly between the Breakers hotel and the Breakers Hotel Pool.



ALTERNATIVE PARKING OPTION TO THE NORTH OF THE BREAKERS PART II

Directions: Sunset Beach is a public access beach, sunset Ave. has only street 2 hour parking, 1 hour parking and the church and paramount building have free parking as well as the Publix, I've been told you can park at the Flagler Museum on the weekends. All the roads Sunset Ave and north have beach access.



As usual, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or email me. (561) 351-4102. Chad



For rentals, you need to RENT the day before in the afternoon from a local shop. There are NO local shops open until 9:30 am or 10am. But most will let you rent in the afternoon and bring back the following day.

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  • Chad

    Despite the iffy looking weather, waves and current it turned out to pretty well. Anytime we can see barracuda, tarpon, squid, octopus, moray and snake eels plus hang out for a long while with a friendly turtle, it is a good day in the water. It was a great group of people.

    5 · July 6

    • lisa

      HI Chad, I wanted to see your pictures from the dive.

      July 9

    • Chad

      Unfortunately I couldn't get the pictures from the SD card. I would have loved to see how the pictures of the octopus turned out.

      July 9

  • Schuyler T.

    Been at this for almost an hour between parking & walking. "Navigating the sea wall" is quite an understatement. It's thundering, lightening, sprinkling, and waves are crashing on said sea wall. Making my way back to the car. Maybe next time, guys!

    July 6

    • Schuyler T.

      Thanks, guys! I'm sure next time will be easier w all the tips and just by me seeing it once now.

      1 · July 6

    • ScubaDiverMike

      Just so everyone knows, and this applies to all beaches in the state if Florida…. it is illegal for anyone to chase /keep you from below the high water mark. It is NOT private property. I have had many tried, but when I remind them I am not ignorant, and they will be sued for false arrest (if it goes that far), they realize who isn't a dummy :)

      July 6

  • Sigrid

    Hey there Schuyler - I didn't go either but hope to see you at the next meetup. It's a great group and when the weather, (lack of) waves and visibility conspire in our favor it's awesome :)

    1 · July 6

  • Schuyler T.

    On my way up from Delray. This will be my first snorkel w you guys! See you all soon!

    July 6

  • Chad

    There is a seawall you have to navigate when parking south of the breakers. If you don't want to do that try parking north of the Breakers.

    July 6

  • Sigrid

    Hey Dave.... As chads secretary right now he says "okeechobee becomes royal palm way so try to park on that just before the beach then walk N on beach and look for group"

    July 6

  • Sigrid

    Hi everyone... Chad is at the beach and gives the all clear for snorkeling the breakers today with the caveat that there is a two foot chop so it's not the flat calm we've been spoiled with lately!!! ( he called me cuz no internet svc!)

    July 6

  • Dave

    Two Questions about the directions that I cannot figure out from looking at Google earth.

    After you hit the ocean on Okeechobee and turn left do you park right away or go further north?

    The second is about the white house before the Breakers. When walking to the dive site are you walking behind the house on the beach or do you follow the road around it.

    July 6

  • Linda

    Changed RSVP to a No but may be able to come anyway. Will look forward to the 8am beach report

    July 5

  • mila

    will you send report at 8am, if ok to go? thanks

    July 5

    • Chad

      Absolutely. Right now it is looking a little iffy with 2 ft waves but I will be on the beach at 8:00 tomorrow and send out a report.

      July 5

  • Michael E.

    Anyone interested in going to snorkel in Ft. Lauderdale or somewhere closer in the morning on July 5th? I was thinking of doing some rock climbing / bouldering afterwards. Daj ZnaC

    July 3

    • mila

      i wold like, but i prefer singer island, if you would like

      July 4

    • Chad

      We may have a small group going Saturday, I'll let you know later.

      July 4

  • Greg

    Hey Chad! Hope all is well with you. I love the Breakers Reef, but I have other plans on Sunday :(. I'll meetup with you guys soon. Here's the video from last time I joined you guys:
    http://youtu.be/SlxYNBu6PsY

    July 3

  • Licia S.

    I'm out of town till next week.
    I'll join you all next Sunday.

    July 3

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