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

Be sure to look at the following table for a summary list 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 located off shore.

If you want to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you can check with Castillo Tours. Castillo Tours has maintained a reputation as a one stop shop in Puerto Rico for over 40 years, and they feature activities such as boat trips, fishing charters, and more.

Be sure to look through the following table to see 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 someone that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out 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. They are found within Viejo San Juan, a short distance away Northwest of central Condado.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services is Aqua Adventure. The full day snorkeling tour takes guests to the Caja de Muerto Nature Reserve where they will snorkel then have lunch. After lunch is a hiking tour. The entire trip takes between eight and nine hours.

The following table summarizes information regarding two places that provide snorkeling related services.

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 about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive 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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