Just off the southern end of Siesta Key’s Crescent Beach is an area known as Point of Rocks, home to the island’s best snorkeling. With correct preparation, you can explore the reef and tropical fish as they dart in and out of interesting formations of coral rock and caves.

Equipment & Suggestions

Equipment varies depending on your preference, but should include a snorkel, mask, fins and a diver down flag. The warmest water conditions occur between June and September. If you snorkel in the winter, plan to wear a 3/2 wetsuit. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Leave early in the morning to ensure a parking spot at beach access No. 12, between Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar and the Siesta Breakers. Parking spots are limited and are usually filled by mid-morning.

Enter the water and send up your diver down flag. This will help other snorkelers or scuba divers know you are under the water in that location.

Depending on the tide, you should expect to be in 15 to 18 feet of water. Look for the reef and tropical reef fish. TIDES.

Do not disturb, remove or excavate anything you find while snorkeling. This is a violation of Florida law you can face fines, even arrest.

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