Boynton Beach, Florida
Airports: Boca Raton is accessible by flying into either PBI (Palm Beach International Airport (PBI, 30 Min North), Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL, 20 Min South), or Miami International Airport (MIA, 90 Min South). Orlando International Airport (MCO 3 hours Northwest).
Currency: Boynton Beach is part of the United States, and therefore uses the US Dollar.
Climate: Boynton Beach enjoys year round warm weather with average winter highs in the mid 70s, and average lows in the mid 60s. The normal water temperatures are from the mid 80s to the mid 70s. The coldest months will average in the low 70s.
Language: English is the official language of the United States.
Paul’s Reef/Sloan’s Curve- The north/south ledge starts at 54 ft and rises to 42ft. The ledge turns west before making a sharp cut back to the east (Paul’s Cut). Goliaths, turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, deep water gorgonians, tube and barrel sponges and many species of coral cover the ledge.
Horseshoe Reef- A very popular dive site starting around 60ft sloping to 42ft. The inner ledge has many undercuts. Huge schools of fish and often goliaths gather in the “horseshoe” which ends the dive. Some divers spend the much of the dive in the horseshoe which is carpeted with sponges and gorgonians.
The Fish Bowl- The name describes this dive site. Species intermingle in massive schools so thick they often obscure the ledge. Lots of holes for bug hunters.
The Football Field- A popular dive site for spearfishing and bug hunting. Mostly a shallow dive in the low 40′s with many 5ft depressions where the fish like to hang. If you make it to the end of the reef, a 100yd jump to the NE will test your navigation skills (ok, so it is pretty easy) to the reef to the north.
North End (Boynton Overhangs)- 15ft ledges from east to west and much to see in the scatter off the main ledge. A very popular site for the 2nd dive after Briny Breezes or Boynton Ledge.
Briny Breezes- Low profile reefs with lots of cracks and crevices for all types of creatures to hide with lots of morays and nurse sharks under the ledges.
Boynton Ledge- a dramatic ledge of nearly 20ft makes this another popular dive. Holes and undercuts often filled with eels, nurse sharks and the occasional big black or goliath grouper. This is also a very popular night dive.
Gulf Stream Ledge- a 200yd 15ft ledge is the main profile here. The outside reef fingers extend 100ft seaward and between them the sand is 80-100ft deep. Sea whips, sea fans & corals cover the walls.
M/V Castor- a 258ft wreck in 90 ft of water, but the wheelhouse is only 60ft. Home to many goliaths and bait balls and a large colony of blue bulb tunicates.
Capt. Tony- 195ft ship christened Beck lies in 80ft of water. Another spot to see goliaths and many other species of fish and corals.
Budweiser Bar Wreck- 167ft coastal freighter placed in 1987 as part of the Palm Beach Artificial Reef Program. She lies in 87ft of water and regarded as an excellent wreck dive.
Delray Beach Ledge- This mile long ledge is the most pronounced reef we dive. Plenty of hiding spots for many species of fish and a great inner reef for hunting. Loaded with sponges and gorgonians. The caves and overhangs are awesome.
The Seagate- Lots of twists and turns and a parallel inner reef makes this another spot for those elusive bugs and hogfish. Several large fingers point seaward and reach 85ft.
The Catacombs- Another parallel reef and our southernmost dive site. Spectacular topography and a unique ledge system.