I live here in the area as an OWSI and can tell you just what it is like to dive here. Datura/Commercial Ave in Lauderdale by the Sea is the closest shore diving to reef there is. I have seen nurse sharks, turtles, morays, rays and abundance of marine life and tropical fish. If you don't dive, at least snorkel. The only cost is parking and the gear if you need to rent. Gold Coast Scuba is nearby on Commercial Ave within walking distance and can help with all your needs. Don't miss a vacation treasure the whole family would enjoy!