Knowing that Aguadilla is one of the best towns on the island for surfing typically causes snorkelers to overlook it without a second thought. That is a mistake. When the waves die down, this town is a snorkeler's paradise as well.
In the summer, the waves begin to calm and the underwater world of Aguadilla sits, waiting to be explored. Some of the best beaches begin to feature smooth, calm waters during this time, and in fact, the island's best-known artificial underwater kingdom is located around the old dock at . You can walk in here right from the shore and explore sponges in every color of the rainbow, plus marvel at how the seahorses move in an out of the habitat, or how the feather dusters sway in time with the waters movement.
If you are still concerned about snorkeling alone, there are plenty of tours that offer excursions in the waters surrounding the area, so you can pay somewhere between $40 and $100(USD) for a fun, guided tour of some of the best underwater sites. Most people feel confident enough during the warmer months to go it alone, and the local surf and dive shops will rent out gear to them for between $15 and $20(USD) a day.
If you're looking forward to exploring what's down below you might want to check out. This site is great not only because of the healthy, vibrant reef, but because if you swim out about 30 feet as the sand begins to slope, manatees can be seen. This snorkeling site is located within northern Aguadilla.
Crash Boat Beach is another place you might enjoy. Located at a very family-friendly beach, it is often crowded on weekends. Avoid the crowds and come during the week where you'll find a friendly bunch of angelfish living under the old pier.
The following table lists more details concerning 3 of the most popular places to go snorkeling in this area.
|6.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Aguadilla|
|Crash Boat Beach||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Aguadilla|
|2.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Aguadilla|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this comprehensive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
While snorkeling is not a great idea during the winter when the surf is rough and sometimes even dangerous, the summer months open up a world of possibilities for snorkelers in Aguadilla. Don't miss out on a chance to see the wondrous underwater landscape of this surf town.
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