Explore cays, reefs, and mangrove coves around the Island. Swim from the beach or take a boat to where sea turtles, tropical fish, and colorful reefs await you just below the surface.

The archipelago of Puerto Rico offers wonderful places to snorkel in calm waters with a diversity of marine life. Some reefs are easy to swim from shore, while others are just a boat ride away – the perfect excuse for a day of sailing and snorkeling!

If you don't have a team, don't worry. Dive shops, equipment rental facilities, and charter boats are widely available throughout the Island.

Two people enjoying Fajardo's crystal-clear waters.

Fajardo's crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling. 

Fajardo

The best way to explore the keys near Fajardo on the east coast of Puerto Rico is on a catamaran! These day trips include snorkel gear and a light lunch, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. During the morning and early afternoon, you will sail to several atolls, reefs, and islands where you can enjoy swimming among reefs and tropical fish, then rest on the sandy beaches of Icacos or Culebrita. Numerous operators offer day sailings from Fajardo, including East Island Excursions, Salty Dog Catamaran, Spread Eagle II Catamaran, Aqua Adventures, among others.

Visitors lay in the clear water in La Parguera

Visitors relax in the clear water in La Parguera.

La Parguera

Part of the town of Lajas in the south of the Island, La Parguera Nature Reserve is perfect for diving in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. This area is known for having small mangrove-laden coves with shallow peaceful channels, as well as a bioluminescent bay. Operators include West Divers and Paradise Scuba, both of which offer daytime and sunset snorkeling in the bioluminescent bay, reefs, and coves around La Parguera.

 

A girl snorkels beneath the water in Puerto Rico.

There's a whole other world to see beneath the water in Puerto Rico.

Rincón

On the west coast of the island is the surf town of Rincón. You can snorkel right off of Steps Beach in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. For a guided snorkeling tour, book Rincón Diving and Snorkeling's Rincón Snorkeling Adventure that leaves directly from the shore. For the more advanced, Taíno Divers offers diving and snorkeling excursions to Desecheo Island, where dolphins, sharks, and even humpback whales can often be spotted.

San Juan

A popular snorkeling destination in San Juan is Escambrón Beach, right next to the Caribe Hilton Hotel. This beach has several rock formations that protect it from the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, since the beach is frequented by snorkelers and divers, the fish that live around the shore are used to people and you can get up close. Scuba Dogs offers equipment rentals and snorkeling and diving tours and is located right on the beach. Aqua Adventures also offers snorkeling excursions at this beach, including equipment rental.

Woman enjoying the clear waters at La Esperanza Beach in Vieques.

La Esperanza Beach is a great place to snorkel in Vieques. 

Vieques

The island municipality of Vieques is largely undeveloped. Pristine beaches are home to coral reef forests where fish, turtles, rays, and nurse sharks are easy to spot. Some of the best beaches to visit include Blue Beach and the small island of Isla Chiva, Esperanza Beach, Mosquito Bay, Pata Prieta Beach, and many others.

Some operators offer snorkel tours from Vieques and Fajardo, including Black Beard Sports, Pure Adventure, Isla Nena Scuba, Abe's Snorkeling & Biobay, Melaya's Tours, Bieque Eco Trips, and Fin Time Adventures.

 

Waves crash along a beach in Culebra.

Waves crash along Zoni Beach in Culebra. 

Culebra

The shores and cays around the island of Culebra are some of the best snorkeling spots in Puerto Rico. Tamarindo, FlamencoCarlos Rosario beaches, and Luis Peña and Culebrita keys are all surrounded by coral reefs teeming with fish, sea turtles, and rays just offshore. For snorkel gear and tours, visit Culebra Snorkeling and Dive Center, Culebra Divers, or Culebra Island Adventures.

Departing from Fajardo, you can also take a snorkel tour to Culebra through Pure Adventure, SS Tobias Snorkel, and Beach Tour, or Culebra Island Kayak and Snorkeling Adventure, or rent a private boat with Culebra VIP & East.

 

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