Snorkeling Around La Parguera

Photo Credit: © NOAA

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 want 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 following table enables you to get a few details regarding 2 of the best places where you can enjoy 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 located off shore.

If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to 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 worth investigating 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 located in the heart of La Parguera.

A few details with regard to boat trip providers that provide snorkeling can be found here:

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 looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to 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 within the heart of La Parguera.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services 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.

Be sure to look through the chart below to learn more about 2 firms that provide 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 concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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. 


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.