While there are plenty of reasons that Old San Juan is the most popularly visited spot in Puerto Rico among tourists, the snorkeling opportunities is not one of them. Fortunately, those who love the sport will not have to put too much effort into finding a nearby beach to snorkel from.
Old San Juan is located along the island's north coast, which means Atlantic Ocean waters and strong currents. You can swim at many nearby beaches with caution, and although you can find some snorkeling in Condado, the most recommended course of action is to rent a car and drive, or sign up for a snorkeling tour that will take you over to Fajardo.
The conditions here are much more ideal, with calm surf and great visibility being the norm on a daily basis, plus an underwater world that is peaceful and breathtaking. Sights you might see include numerous coral reef species, barracuda, octopus, rays, sea turtles, and even dolphins. Fajardo is also a great launching point to get to Culebra and Vieques, which are two more great snorkeling destinations.
Some details concerning one of the best places to go snorkeling in this area are listed in the following table.
|Escambrion Beach||1.8 mi. East of Central Old San Juan||Puerto Rico|
If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other 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 in Old San Juan.
Another company worth knowing about is Aqua Adventure. Offering both half day and full day snorkeling tours, your underwater adventure is easily achieved with this popular watersports operator.
Some key facts concerning a couple of firms that provide snorkeling related services can be seen here:
|Aqua Adventure||(787) 729-2626||1.9 mi. East of Central Old San Juan|
|Scuba Dogs San Juan||(787) 977-0000||1.7 mi. East of Central Old San Juan|
To learn more concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
A trip to Old San Juan is a cultural experience, but you can expand on that and make it an adventure by planning to head out of town for some snorkeling. It will not be a choice you live to regret.
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