Read On For a Guide To The Best Snorkeling In The Caribbean
A Caribbean snorkeling adventure is a great way to see and learn things not possible by land. I always come away with a different perspective from above and below the sea. In my opinion the best views of a island is from the deck of a snorkel boat. Take a look at three of the best snorkeling islands in Caribbean.
The Cayman Islands
My number one destination for Caribbean snorkeling that the whole family will remember for life would be a trip to Stingray City located in the east bay of Grand Cayman. My wife and i took our two boys age 4 and 7 took on this unforgettable trip leaving from Run Point at 6:30 in the morning. We choose red Sail tours for its location and the early morning departure time great for missing the crowds and photography. Their where 8 people on our modern speed boat with plenty of room to move around and the captain was very knowledgeable and friendly. It took us only 20 minutes to arrive to the shallow calm waters of Stingray city, once there we were given squid to feed to the hungry Stingrays. I must say at first it was a bit scary being surrounded by 50 large stingrays but once we felt their velvet skin on ours we instantly fell in love with our new friends. Before long my young sons where petting and kissing the Rays and my wife took many pictures holding a Ray just out of the water and appearing to smile. We stayed in the warm waters for over a hour and snorkeled over the reef marveling at the coral formations and many colorful fish. We then said goodbye to our stingray friends and enjoyed the leisurely boat ride back to Rum Point.
Every once in awhile you find a excursion that is so good you want to tell family and friends that it’s a must when visiting Aruba. I found the Jolly Pirate Sail, snorkel and lunch to be a great time and value. Step onboard the classic sail ship that resembles the swashbuckling past complete with rum, music and even a rope swing (my favorite). Your first stop is WWII shipwreck in shallow water, the view is great for a leisurely snorkeling over the wreck and photography is a must. Second stop is a coral reef great for kids and beginners to learn how to snorkel in a shallow safe environment. finally you drop anchor for a beach swim, taste BBQ and open bar. Keep the party going on the way back with music dancing and rum drinks. I Recommend this trip for the whole family they will love the festive environment, swimming, rope swing , and good food.
Antigua has 365 beaches one for every day of the year so it’s a bit difficult to pick the best Caribbean snorkeling beach. The beaches are known for their powdery white sand and clear warm water perfect for a great day of snorkeling. but If i had to pick only one i would go with a trip to Galleon beach. Choose a catamaran tour to take you to this crescent shaped beach with sand so fine you will think you are walking on sugar. Once there swim out just past the rocks where you will come across a few small ship wrecks, continue to the shallows to view the many fish such as Tangs, snapper and even Barracuda. What also makes Galleon beach special is the rocky trail located on the far side of the beach. Once you have made the short hike you will come across the ruins of Fort Charlotte and a great view of English Harbor.
Snorkeling in the Caribbean has become one of the most popular excursion for tourist and for good reason, you get to enjoy the view from the sea as well as bonding with the sea life below. My family is always thrilled to enjoy a day at sea and now our travel goal is to find the best Caribbean island for snorkeling. No matter where you decide to travel book a snorkeling trip it will change the way you enjoy your vacation.