Best Snorkeling Spots in the Caribbean

by kthypryn

Those prospecting the market for a Caribbean vacation should know that the underwater treasures of these tropical islands are just as numerous as the palm trees or the beautiful beaches from above. It would be a shame to leave the Caribbean without taking the chance to explore the azurean depths of this mysterious sea. Sunk pirate ships, dense banks of tropical fish and colorful corals are only some of the treasures one might expect to find underwater. And the great news is that, considering the shallow, crystal clear waters in this part of the world, you won’t even have to pay for expensive diving lessons.
Snorkeling is a great option for those interesting in the less seen beauties of the Caribbean. This popular watersport requires little if no training and minimal equipment, so once you’ve taken care of these logistic aspects all you have to do is decide where to head for. The following destinations are regarded as some of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean, so you might want to check them out:

Cayman Islands

by Mr.Thomas

The Caymans are well known for their tranquil waters and the abundant marine life nestled by its reefs. Cayman is very popular with snorkelers due to the presence of numerous stingrays (Stingray City), but also due to the accessibility of most snorkel spots (Cemetery Reef is a classic example).

Aruba

Aruba makes a great destination for snorkelers, as most of the island’s western coast consists of slowly descending beaches and coral reefs. Waters are generally shallow near the coast and the currents weak, which means that you’ll have the optimal environment for observing the interestingly shaped corals, various fish, turtles and crustaceans living undersea.

Antiles

by Mr.Thomas

The Dutch Antiles, and particularly Bonaire, represent a first class diving and snorkeling destination in the Caribbean. Bonaire is home to impressive coral colonies, which is why much of its snorkeling places are part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. The clear and warm waters will allow you to see everything just like in an aquarium for as deep as 150 ft above sea level.

St. Croix

The US Virgin Islands are well known among snorkelers of all categories for their amazing biodiversity. The reefs of St. Croix are now protected by US laws, but this doesn’t forbid the practice of snorkeling. Two of the most sought-after destinations include the Cane Bay and Buck Island – the former is also great for taking diving lessons.

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