The crown jewel of the Indian River lagoon is undoubtedly Hutchinson Island. This place has it all- clear, shallow waters for paddling and deep channels for boating. As the most biodiverse estuary in North America, you're bound to make some manatee or dolphin friends.
Who needs the Keys now that the local secret of Peanut Island is out? Fed by the Palm Beach inlet, this tropical escape is known for having the clearest inshore water around. Once you've had your fair share of viewing the water from above, get in and swim with the colorful reef fish at the Phil Foster Park snorkel trail.
Don't let the urban sprawl of northern Broward County scare you off- in the middle of the hustle and bustle lies Deerfield Island park, an urban nature preserve accessible only by water. After paddling around the island or boating up and down the Intracoastal, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants The Cove has to offer.