Snorkeling Around Port Antonio

Port Antonio is a great snorkeling destination, and in fact one of the most recommended for those who like to stick close to the beach – but snorkelers must proceed with caution.  Snorkeling is not advisable at every beach along the coast because of large waves that are more attractive to surfers than snorkelers. 

Boston Bay perfectly exemplifies the need to keep your eyes open and carefully note the water's conditions.  This is a popular beach for surfers, but also for snorkelers as well.  How can this be?  While the waves can get high, there are some little out of the waves coves of water that offer great underwater sites and remain calm enough for snorkelers to take advantage of.  Winnifred Beach and Dragon Bay are two spots that you can typically trust to be calm enough, plus they have active reefs to explore.  

Some of the best snorkeling sites in the area can be accessible as part of a boat trip further away from the shore.  If you head down to the Port Antonio Marina and Boatyard, you'll find a few different dive shops that offer snorkeling excursions as well as rent snorkeling kits for around $20(USD).  

Snorkeling Sites

If you'd like to explore what's below the surface you might want to check out San San Beach. The shallow, protected waters of this beach are thanks to a healthy reef that blocks rough waters and promotes a healthy marine habitat. Nearby, snorkelers may also have access to Princess Island. This snorkeling site is situated easily reached by taxi East of central Port Antonio.

Check out the following chart for a quick overview of one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Port Antonio
Site Location Island
San San Beach 4.0 mi. East of Central Port Antonio Jamaica

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling page.

If you make sure to check the conditions for your desired snorkeling location on a daily basis, there is no reason why your trip to Port Antonio shouldn't be filled with as many snorkeling excursions as you can fit in.  


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