One of the last vacation days was quickly consumed by strolling through Miami South Beach and snorkeling on the coral reef just outside Ft Lauderdale. The Ft Lauderdale reef is no comparison to John Pennekamp park, but still quite much to see just with a small swim from the beach. Weather is still hot and humid – with occasional quick thundery showers. Between 11 and 16 walking in sunshine is sweaty business – and really easy to get sunburn. Early morning and late evenings again are wonderful – recharging the heat after the cold winter.
The South Beach seemed to be quite a busy place with a lot of people sun bathing – and bathing. A bit too busy to my taste – unless you are into more of party mood with a lot of people. Definitely worth seeing the beach – and the people, though.
The Ft Lauderdale beach can be accessed from near the pier – but not between the large (and expensive…) hotels. There is a small coral reef just outside the beach – perhaps 100-200m swim – and in approximately 5 meters depth. A lot of people seemed to be scuba diving and snorkeling there. Much more quiet beach, but still with a lot of things to see. Albeit with murkier water, cocoa beach (with surfing ops) is still the favorite.
One boat had grown wheels and was traveling on the streets of south beach.