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The Weight of Water

The sun rises off the Florida coast behind Anglins Fishing Pier in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The swirls of orange and yellow skyline are shrouded by summer storm clouds.

When the South Florida heat is unrelenting, pools make for a great sanctuary to cool down. The W Fort Lauderdale offers “Salvation Sunday” public pool parties, where guests are fascinated by the pool’s unique feature: a staircase that goes right through the middle of the pool.

South Florida has many special spots for snorkeling, including South Beach Inlet and Red Reef Park in Boca Raton. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea offers a unique feature – it’s one of the only spots where the reef is close enough for visitors to swim to from the shore.

A colorful umbrella shields South Florida beach-goers from our intense UV rays.

Kite surfers take advantage of the steady winds just south of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

Snorkelers along South Florida’s coast encounter colorful coral reefs, bright fish and plant life in their natural habitat and even larger creatures such as starfish and turtles.

Sea turtles have been in Earth’s waters since the days of the dinosaurs. Three species nest on South Florida beaches from April through September: the loggerhead sea turtle, the leatherback sea turtle and the green sea turtle. These majestic creatures are endangered and are protected through Florida statutes, as well as the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973.

Swimmer Mercedes Perier makes laps during the master class at the International Swimming Hall of Fame pool in Fort Lauderdale.