Snorkeling Around Old San Juan

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.

Snorkeling Sites

Details concerning one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the following chart.

Snorkeling Sites Near Old San Juan
Site Location Island
Escambrion Beach 1.8 mi. East of Central Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar 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.

A second place that offers snorkeling related services is Aqua Adventure. The full day snorkeling tour takes guests to the Caja de Muerto Nature Reserve where they will snorkel then have lunch. After lunch is a hiking tour. The entire trip takes between eight and nine hours.

The following table offers some details with regard to two firms that provide snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services Near Old San Juan
Name Phone Location
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

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our comprehensive guide to 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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