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Red Reef Park

Red Reef Park is located on 67 acres along State Road A1A, one of Florida’s most picturesque roads. Along with swimming, snorkeling, and surf fishing, the park has the Red Reef Executive Golf Course, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, and vast picnic areas.

Almost unanimously, reviewers agreed that the simple swim to the reef, excellent snorkeling, and stunning coastline make the trip worthwhile, dubbing Red Reef “one of Boca Raton’s best hidden secrets.” Those visiting with children liked the opportunity for children to observe colorful parrot fish near the coast or hunt for shark teeth. Another perk for parents: The beach is patrolled year-round by lifeguards from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., the park is open. While there is no entrance price, there is a $16 weekday and $18 weekend car entry fee. Numerous recent visitors suggested saving money by parking at the metered lot across the street from the park. However, metered parking rates, which are $2 on weekdays and $3 on weekends, may rapidly mount up.

New Snorkel Reef Installed at Red Reef Park

A new recreational snorkel reef has been built at Red Reef Park, extending the park’s existing reef into an expanded snorkeling route for beachgoers.

Red Reef Park already has a snorkeling area of six (6) man-made reef modules located close offshore near the park’s southern end. The new reef included over (14) extra modules – built with 12-18 limestone stones – to expand the snorkeling space. The City’s contractor placed the artificial reef modules in the same location close offshore using a barge and crane.

Once inhabited, the new reef is projected to attract fish species similar to those found in the region now, including Sergeant Majory, Parrotfish, Bar Jack, Spottail Pinfish, and Molly Miller.

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