Snorkeling Around La Parguera

One of the easiest and most fulfilling snorkeling experiences you'll have when you're visiting Puerto Rico can be found from the beaches of La Parguera.  You don't even need to bring your gear along with you – you can pick it up from a kiosk in the sand.

Turquoise waters typify the offshore world of La Parguera which experience such great visibility that it is a rare day snorkeling along the beach when you can't see straight to the bottom.  In addition to reef beds, there area mangroves to explore, and near each colorful and active fish spend their days exploring. 

In addition to snorkeling right along the beach, there are dozens of cays to visit, and because they are popular retreats among sail boats you can easily find a tour guide to take you out.  Several dive shops in the area also offer snorkelers the opportunity to travel with their dive groups to these locales where you'll have the chance to interact with sea turtles, barracudas, and even dolphins. 

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to see below the water's surface you might want to visit La Parguera Nature Reserve. This area within a nature reserve is a collection of mangrove islands, salt marshes, natural pools, and small cays protected by coral reefs. Not only is the snorkeling great for these reasons alone, but this is also the location of many dolphin sightings. This snorkeling site is situated easily reached by taxi East of central La Parguera.

Check the following table for information concerning 2 of the most popular places where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near La Parguera
Site Location
Cayo Caracoles 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central La Parguera
La Parguera Nature Reserve 3.7 mi. East of Central La Parguera

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to check with Fondo de Cristal. Fondo de Cristal offers tours of Puerto Rico's Southwestern coast and excursions to La Parguera, Caracoles, Cayo Enrique, and Isla Mata la Gata.

Another option to consider is Coastal Marine Boat Tours. Coastal Marine specializes in customized eco tours, snorkeling trips, and offshore fishing charters. With them you are able to explore the clear waters of southwest Puerto Rico for a day full of relaxation and fun. They're found within the heart of La Parguera.

Take a moment to read the following table for a listing of boat trip providers that offer snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In La Parguera
Name Phone Location
Coastal Marine Boat Tours (787) 310-8458 Central La Parguera
Fondo de Cristal (787) 899-5891 Central La Parguera

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out Paradise Scuba Puerto Rico. In addition to daily snorkeling trips to a shallow reef, their most popular option is the nighttime bioluminescent bay snorkeling tour. They are situated in the heart of La Parguera.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services is West Divers. The day snorkeling trip is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and includes snorkeling gear, while their Sunset Snorkeling Trip is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Check the following table for a summary of 2 companies that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In And Around La Parguera
Name Type Phone Location
Paradise Scuba Puerto Rico Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (787) 899-7611 Central La Parguera
West Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (787) 899-3223 Lajas, 5.1 mi. North of Central La Parguera

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Snorkeling along the south coast of Puerto Rico is always good, but if you want your experience to be great, La Parguera is where you should head. 

 

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