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This beautiful series of islands is lucky to have beaches with some of the healthiest and least spoiled coral life in the world, making for truly exceptional snorkelling. While the main island of Puerto Rico itself has lots of snorkeling to do, the best snorkel sites are on the beaches of its offshore islands.
It seems like other Caribbean are reefs are slowly losing their vibrance, but Puerto Rico is still home to a colourful healthy reef, crystal clear waters, and excellent visibility for snorkeling. If you find yourself in Puerto Rico, here are the best places to go snorkelling.
Fish in Puerto Rico:
Corals in Puerto Rico:
Bahia de la Chiva
Details: One of the Spanish Virgin Islands prime snorkel destinations, the water on Vieques is much clearer and calmer than in Culebra. Bahia de la Chiva is the best snorkel site on this island, with excellent visibility and a diverse range of fish life to explore. The tropical reef is bustling with spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, parrot fish, angelfish, brain coral, gorgonian coral forests, and more, and you can snorkel to the reef from any spot on the beach.
Balneario El Escambron
Where: San Juan
Details: Not the most outstanding snorkeling spot, but definitely one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches of Puerto Rico. We thought this spot should be pointed out since most travellers will be sure to spend some time in San Juan, and if you fancy snorkeling while there then this is where to go. A sprawling and stunning beach lined with coconut palms, you’ll have the chance to swim with turtles and diverse populations of fish life.
Carlos Rosario Beach
Details: Culebra is one of the world’s best snorkeling islands, and Carlos Rosario is one of its most heavenly snorkel sites. Less developed than other islands, Culebra is preserved and protected with a huge healthy reef that can be explored for days on end. The reefs at Carlos Rosario are the standout selection in Culebra, with snorkeling right off the beach, and some of the most beautiful formations and marine life to explore. The waters here are calm and clear and you’ll be swimming with a variety of fish life, small and large!
Details: Consistently on the list of the world’s best beaches, this spot is perfect for more than just snorkeling. Sparkling waters, soft white sands, and an untouched vibe that makes you feel as though you’ve stumbled upon a piece of paradise, this spot is made better only by the fact that there’s snorkeling to be done! The coral reefs are just below the surface of the shallow waters next to the stone bridge, letting you get up close and personal with barracuda, manta rays, turtles, and lots of other tropical fish and sea life.
Isla de Mona
Details: One for the adventurous who are willing to travel far and wide for the best snorkel spots, this secluded island is known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean. You’ll find untouched beauty home to iguanas and unspoiled coral reefs, and an abundance of marine life to discover. This island paradise has crystal clear warm waters, complete privacy away from the tourist bustle, and rich underwater scenery to explore. A truly unique experience for more than just snorkeling.
La Parguera Nature Reserve
Where: La Parguera
Details: If you love snorkeling off the beaten track, this is your spot. The Nature Reserve makes up a group of mangrove islands, coral reefs, natural pools, salt marshes, and an underwater playground of dolphins, turtles, barracuda, manatees, and scores of other fish and sea life. Best of all, La Parguera itself is a small fishing village where you can enjoy freshly caught fish (after you’ve just enjoyed swimming with them!)
Details: This is one of the best snorkeling spots on the west coast of Rincon and part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. Only accessible throughout the summer months when surf is less and water is calmer, you have the chance to snorkel above one of the largest Elk Horn coral gardens of the Caribbean, amongst other live coral, sea turtles, huge schools of tropical fish, and more.
Loved the complete set. I even used the waterproof phone pouch to take photos and videos underwater. It made my Fiji experience so much better than using the free snorkel set that hurt your face after 2hours and leaving a sun/mask mark. The ninja leaves no marks and gives great vision under water in comparison. It did take some getting used to but it definitely paid off! Only frustration is that the tightening straps are quite basic; they should be much simpler to loosen and tighten both in and out of water.” – Jock