Patillas may not necessarily be noted as the top snorkeling destination on the island of Puerto Rico, but there is at least one beach in town where snorkeling can be done, and off-shore excursions mean you are just minutes away from some of the top snorkeling around.
The beaches of Patillas are clean and clear, not to mention calm. All of this adds up to great conditions for snorkeling. Fortunately, there are also several reef beds and patches of sea grass where you'll be able to glimpse brightly colored juvenile fish. Many of the villas and near the shore offer their guests snorkeling gear free of charge, but if you need to rent a kit from a local you'll spend between $15 and $20(USD).
A very common option among tourists visiting Patillas is to sign up for a or snorkeling excursion that takes them to some of the best snorkeling available in . This just happens to be off the coast of the islands of Vieques and Culebra, which are less than an hour away by boat. These waters feature up to 100 feet of visibility and conditions so calm that even families with young children can participate.
The chart directly below lists more information on the one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.
|Pesquera Beach||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Patillas||Puerto Rico|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Whether you stick close to the beach or sign up for an island excursion for your snorkeling adventure, Patillas is the gateway for some great underwater exploration in .
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