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Point-of-Rocks, Siesta Key, Florida - Video Clips
|Above is part 1 of one of my trips to Point of Rocks showing how to find the parking spot and some nice views of the beach, and a dolphin fishing for lunch. Click on the video control "play" button to watch. The play button is the middle of the three buttons on the lower left of the video. It is a triangle shape.|
|Above is part 2 of the trip to
Point of Rocks showing views of snorkelers among the rocks and a
good overall view of the beach and water. Point-of-Rocks is, as far
as I know, the best beach snorkeling available on the peninsular
Gulf coast of Florida. The rocks have lots of ledges and
crevices and you will see a wider variety of fish and other marine
life here than in any other easily accessible location. You don't
need a boat to snorkel here. Just take your snorkeling gear down to
the water and wade right out to the rocks. If you don't snorkel, you
can come here on a really low tide and explore the rocks.
The main issue here is water clarity. Some years it is very clear, some not so clear. The best time, in my opinion, to snorkel here would be in April / May / early June. You might need a "shorty" wetsuit in April unless you are accustomed to swimming in cool water. In April the water temps would be between 70 and 76 degrees F. By May the temp usually climbs to 78 - 80 degrees, and by June the water is usually 82 - 85.
Most of the rocks are in water from 0 to 5 feet deep.
There are no restroom facilities at Point-of-Rocks, and no food or water on the beach. There is however plenty to eat and drink on Midnight Pass Road, just a 10 or 15 minute walk away (that's a long way on a really hot summer day). So be sure to bring your cold drinks down to the beach, and some snacks too. If you are staying in a condo or other rental nearby, you've got that covered already.
|Above is a video I appeared in for VISITFLORIDA.com, Florida's official tourism promotion website. We filmed it on Siesta Key and I had a great time doing it. It was a really hot day. The video crew from Miles Media was great and I think it came out great!|
|Below is a list of other great snorkeling beaches in Florida:|
Snorkeling in the Florida Panhandle
Snorkeling in Southwest Florida
Southeast Florida Snorkeling