Diving In and Around The Florida East Coast

The upper east coast is known for its white sandy beaches and big waves. It’s a surfing area and has produced its share of champions. Daytona Beach is famous for racing and it all started with automobiles racing on the hard packed sand beaches. Diving along the coast from Jacksonville south to Indian River County is varied and interesting. The dive sites offshore range from a diverse assortment of artificial reefs, WWII and other natural historical wrecks to natural ledges and reefs. The treacherous coastline has seen its share of tragedies and the “Treasure Coast” to the south is the final resting place of several Spanish Galleons along with their hoards of gold silver and gems. Be sure to visit the McLarty Treasure Museum and Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum in Sebastian.

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Florida’s temperate climate made Florida an ideal training area for the military during WWII and all branches of the Military trained here. The remains of WWII aircraft are still being discovered in Florida waters. We all know of the famous Navy SEALS but the SEALS evolved from the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team or UDT. These brave men trained in the area during the war and the National Navy UDT-SEAL Team Museum in Ft. Pierce recognizes their heroism and sacrifices. All along the coast spearfishing is popular and rewarding and the Daytona Beach area is famous for its 10 pound plus Spiny Lobsters. The upper east coast offers exciting diving opportunities and is home to many fine dive operations to satisfy all needs.

 

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