Snorkeling Around Condado

Although Condado is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the greater San Juan area, it is not always pegged as a top snorkeling destination. If you love the sport, however, you don't have to skip this luxury getaway because there is plenty of opportunity to get out and explore underneath the sea. 

Most people try for some snorkeling on Condado Beach, but you must proceed with caution. There are lifeguard out on occasion, but it is not a constant, and the conditions can be dangerous.  You'll find calmer waters in front of the Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Casino, but in both areas the snorkeling is not especially good.  There will be a few beds of sea grass with little fish here and there, but your best option will be to sign up for a snorkeling tour and head out of town.  Many local hotels even offer them as a part of your stay. 

If you have your own snorkeling gear with you, it may be worth poking around, but seasoned snorkelers would recommend against renting a kit from a local dive shop unless your plans will take you elsewhere, such as Fajardo which is just about an hour away and known for its great snorkeling sites. 

Snorkeling Sites

Check out the following table for a quick overview of one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Condado
Site Location Island
Escambrion Beach Viejo San Juan, 1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Condado Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with Castillo Tours. Aside from the variety of land excursions offered by Castillo Tours, they feature boat tours upon their Barefoot IV Catamaran, sunset cruises through San Juan Bay Harbor, and private charters to the Spanish Virgin Islands. Scuba diving, kayak tours, and fishing charters are additionally available.

Look through the following table to read more about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Condado
Name Type Phone Location Island
Castillo Tours Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (787) 791-6195 2.3 mi. East of Central Condado Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with Aqua Adventure. Offering both half day and full day snorkeling tours, your underwater adventure is easily achieved with this popular watersports operator. They are located in Miramar, a short distance away West of central Condado.

A second place catering to snorkelers is Scuba Dogs San Juan. As a dog is man's best friend, Scuba Dog's is the diver's best friend -- but they do more than dive. In addition to their scuba diving training and excursions, they also offer snorkeling trips throughout the island and to neighboring islands.

Some details concerning two companies that provide snorkeling related services are summarized down below.

Snorkeling Services Near Condado
Name Phone Location
Aqua Adventure (787) 729-2626 Miramar, 0.9 mi. West of Central Condado
Scuba Dogs San Juan (787) 977-0000 Viejo San Juan, 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Condado

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Visiting Puerto Rico without making plans to snorkel is a mistake.  There are so many beautiful underwater sites to marvel at and the pay-off is so great that even if you have to make plans to travel outside of Condado it will be worth your efforts.

 

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