The truth is, Isla Verde is not one of the places in Puerto Rico where snorkeling is recommended – but don't count it out as your next vacation destination just yet. You don't have to travel far to find one of the island's best underwater landscapes.
Isla Verde is located along Puerto Rico's north coast. Here, the waters can be rough at times, and visibility is rarely over 20 feet. Although water temperatures of between 75 and 85 degrees may be tempting, you'll need to head elsewhere to find the best snorkeling opportunities.
Most tourists staying in Isla Verde will sign up for a snorkeling tour that takes them about an hour away to Fajardo. This town is on the east coast and very near where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet to create unique conditions that result in a world under the sea that must be seen to believed. Water conditions are often smooth and calm, visibility can go up to 100 feet, and sea life is very active.
If you sign up for a tour, they'll provide you with your gear; however, if you choose to drive yourself and hit the beach for some snorkeling, you'll need to rent your snorkel and mask. You can do this from a kiosk on the beach or a local dive shop for about $15 to $20(USD).
The following table lists more details regarding one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area.
|Escambrion Beach||Viejo San Juan, 5.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
For some people, the best snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to 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.
Some information about the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling can be found here:
|Castillo Tours||Boating and Day-Sailing Provider||(787) 791-6195||Condado District, 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Verde||Puerto Rico|
If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to contact Aqua Adventure. Offering both half day and full day snorkeling tours, your underwater adventure is easily achieved with this popular watersports operator. They are situated in Miramar, easily reached by taxi West-Northwest of central Isla Verde.
A second company that offers snorkeling related services 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.
Review the following table to learn more with regard to 2 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Aqua Adventure||(787) 729-2626||Miramar, 4.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde|
|Scuba Dogs San Juan||(787) 977-0000||Viejo San Juan, 5.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.
With only an hour of travel time standing between Isla Verde and some of the island's best snorkeling, there is no reason to skip a stay here just because the local water conditions are not so good. There are plenty of options that will get you under the sea – all you have to do is set your plans in motion.
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