Not only is some of the best snorkeling of Puerto Rico located in the waters of Fajardo, but because this is such a popular ferry port, visitors have easy access to both Culebra and Vieques which are equally as popular among snorkelers.
Perhaps it is because the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea converge nearby, but Fajardo's seascape is phenomenal. Even those staying in tend to make a day trip to Fajardo simply to spend some time exploring under the sea. The shallow reef systems feature several coral varieties, limestone, sea fans, sea rods, and of course, a huge variety of fish and sea turtles.
These sites are accessible directly from most public beaches, so you can rent snorkeling gear from a dive shop for around $15 to $20(USD) and spend your day rotating between relaxing in the sand and spending time in the peaceful world under the surface. There is also a marine park and several islets and cays that are accessible from Fajardo that you might consider visiting. The best way to go about this will be to sign up for a snorkeling tour, which you can also do through many local dive shops or one of the tour guide services that specializes in snorkeling.
If you'd like to experience what's down below you might want to visit. Here, the reef itself is not in the best condition because it is so popularly visited by snorkeling tours; however, if you head just outside the reef you'll encounter a nice array of marine life that includes octopus, sting rays, and several different schools of fish. This snorkeling site is found on Cayo Icacos, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Fajardo.
is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. A white sand beach leads out to clear waters that are home to coral forests just teeming with active tropical fish.
A third location to consider is Playa Escondida. This beach is one that is sometimes noted as a great snorkeling site, but that is far from the truth. In fact, swimming is not even permitted by the DNRA. Conditions may appear calm at first, but in an instant the current can pick up and make the waters unsafe.
A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. Located within a nature reserve, this protected cove is the site of some great snorkeling. The area is so calm that it is often the site of educational activities for children. If you want to check it out, you'll find this site located in Fajardo.
Take a moment to read the following chart to learn more about 5 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.
|2.0 mi. East of Central Fajardo||Puerto Rico|
|2.8 mi. North of Central Fajardo||Puerto Rico|
|Playa Escondida||3.1 mi. North of Central Fajardo||Puerto Rico|
|Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve||3.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Fajardo||Puerto Rico|
|Cayo Icacos, 5.0 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo||Cayo Icacos|
For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.
If you're hoping to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Serenity Sea Tours. Their 3 hour tours will lead you to some of the best snorkeling spots in the area as well as an introduction to the Cordillera del Este Islands. Drinks, snacks, beach toys, and snorkeling gear are provided.
Another option to consider is Catamaran Getaway. Avoid crowds and embark on a private adventure with Catamaran Getaway. The beautiful waters of Fajardo await you. They're located in the heart of Fajardo.
A third good option is Salty Dog. Salty Dog Boat Charters will take you to some of the best spots around Puerto Rico, from the favorite hangout of tropical fish to secret beaches.
Check out this table to see boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities.
|Catamaran Getaway||(787) 550-3138||Central Fajardo|
|Salty Dog||(787) 717-6378||0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo|
|Serenity Sea Tours||(787) 435-1358||1.2 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo|
|Spread Eagle II||(787) 887-8821||Central Fajardo|
If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Casa del Mar. Spend a relaxed day of sailing, snorkeling, and swimming when you sign up for a tour with this popular luxury charter company. They are located in the heart of Fajardo.
A second place worth knowing about is Pure Adventure. The Reef Garden Adventure is for tourists who enjoy kayaking and snorkeling. They take you to Seven Seas in Fajardo where you can snorkel a beautiful reef with the guidance of a marine biologist. The trip is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and lasts for three hours. They also have a 3-in-1 Adventure that takes place over five hours and includes two snorkeling stops along with kayaking, beach combing, and the guidance of a marine biologist. These trips are available from Tuesday to Friday.
Information regarding 3 companies that provide services related to snorkeling are displayed in the following chart.
|Casa del Mar||(787) 860-3483||Central Fajardo|
|Pure Adventure||(787) 202-6551||Ceiba, 4.8 mi. South of Central Fajardo|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.
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