Snorkeling Around Condado

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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

Take a moment to read this table for information concerning one of the best places to enjoy 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

Some people believe the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you should consider 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.

Check out the following table for information concerning 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're looking for a place that offers snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact 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 situated on Viejo San Juan, a short distance away Northwest of central Condado.

Another place catering to snorkelers 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.

Be sure to look through the following table to see 2 companies 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

For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling page.

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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