Snorkeling Around Isla Verde

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).

Snorkeling Sites

The chart directly below offers some key facts concerning one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Isla Verde
Site Location Island
Escambrion Beach Viejo San Juan, 5.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isla Verde Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Boat Trips

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

If you'd like to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, 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.

A few details with regard to the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling are displayed in the table below.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Isla Verde
Name Type Phone Location Island
Castillo Tours Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (787) 791-6195 Condado District, 1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Isla Verde Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, 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 located on Viejo San Juan, within taxi range West-Northwest of central Isla Verde.

Another place 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.

Take a minute to read this table for information about 2 companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services Near Isla Verde
Name Phone Location
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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read our extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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