Snorkeling Around San Juan

San Juan offers its visitors culture, history, shopping, and nightlife, but snorkeling is one activity that has tourists looking elsewhere.  If you love snorkeling, don't discount a vacation here just yet.  

San Juan is located along the north coast and its beaches welcome waters from the Atlantic Ocean.  This means rough waters, tip-tides, and otherwise unfavorable conditions.  Add on the overpopulation of beachgoers roughing up the landscape and you can see why snorkeling is not a top attraction here.  

Tourists staying in San Juan and the surrounding area needn't worry.  Less than an hour away is Fajardo, which is home to some of the best snorkeling on the island.  This town is located on the east coast and its coastal area touches the Caribbean Sea, making for clear, calm conditions and a beautiful underwater world that includes healthy coral reef, a huge variety of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, rays, and much more.

The offshore islands of Vieques and Culebra are also very popular snorkeling destinations, and accessible by ferry from Fajardo.  Many snorkeling tours offered by dive shops and adventure tours bring San Juan's visitors to these sites, but you can also rent a car and drive yourself then rent a snorkeling kit when you arrive.

Snorkeling Sites

Be sure to look at this table for a quick overview of one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.

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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you'd like to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Castillo Tours. Aside from the variety of land excursions offered by Castillo Tours, they feature boat tours upon their Barefoot IV Catamaran, sunset cruises through San Juan Bay Harbor, and private charters to the Spanish Virgin Islands. Scuba diving, kayak tours, and fishing charters are additionally available.

A few details regarding the opportunity to take a boat ride that includes snorkeling are provided here:

Day Sails and Boat Trips In San Juan
Name Type Phone Location Island
Castillo Tours Boating and Day-Sailing Provider (787) 791-6195 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central San Juan Puerto Rico

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you should check out 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 found on Viejo San Juan, in the northwestern part of San Juan.

Another place catering to snorkelers is Aqua Adventure. Offering both half day and full day snorkeling tours, your underwater adventure is easily achieved with this popular watersports operator.

The table right below provides some details with regard to two places that provide services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In San Juan
Name Phone Location
Aqua Adventure (787) 729-2626 1.9 mi. East of Old San Juan
Scuba Dogs San Juan (787) 977-0000 1.7 mi. East of Old San Juan

For more information concerning snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

You already know all of the reasons you should visit San Juan on your next getaway, and now you also know that there is no reason to count this city out just because the local snorkeling is not ideal.  


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