Snorkeling Around La Parguera

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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're ready to experience below the water's surface you might enjoy visiting 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 located easily reached by taxi East of central La Parguera.

The chart just below lists a few details regarding 2 of the best locations where you can experience 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're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you should consider 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 investigate 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 situated in the heart of La Parguera.

Be sure to look through the table just below for information concerning boat trips and day sails that provide 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 that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with 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 located in the heart of La Parguera.

A second company worth knowing about 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.

The table below lists a few details with regard to two firms that provide services related to snorkeling.

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

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

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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