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 explore what's down below you might want to check out 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.

Some basic details about 2 of the best places where you can enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed below.

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 most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can check with Fondo de Cristal. On board this glass bottom boat you will have the opportunity to see the underwater world, all while staying dry.

Another option to investigate is Coastal Marine Boat Tours. Each of the tours include snorkeling gear, drinks, snacks, and the option of lunch. The tours can accommodate up to 6 passengers. They're found within the heart of La Parguera.

Take a look at the following table for a list of boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling opportunities.

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 someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other 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 located in the heart of La Parguera.

A second place catering to snorkelers is West Divers. There are more than 40 dive sites that this center takes its guests to, and many are great for snorkelers as well. You can ride along and see the amazing underwater world when you sign up with them.

Check out the chart below to see 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

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" 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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