Snorkeling is one of the most popular activities to try when visiting the Caribbean. Diving just beneath the clear waters to observe untouched marine life is a great activity to try solo or with the whole family. While all islands offer a unique underwater adventure, here are the best Caribbean snorkeling destinations to visit.
Saint Martin – French Side
Saint Martin’s French side is a very special place for snorkeling. The government carefully protects the marine life and preserves areas like the northeastern underwater nature reserve. There are tons of little coves to explore, each filled with beautiful fish and coral. The shores and shallow and the water is warm, making Saint Martin a great place for the whole family to snorkel.
Buck Island – St. Croix
Buck Island in St. Croix, USVI is an exceptional area to view Caribbean Sea life. The area is strictly protected by the US National Park Service, allowing only snorkelers and divers to explore the local underwater species. Over 250 species of fish, coral and crustaceans are located just beneath the surface, so dive in and prepare to be amazed.
St. John – USVI
Visitors in St. John, USVI are delighted to learn that every spot in the area is a great place to snorkel. The locals say that you can see up to 50 species of fish in just half an hour. Trunk Bay is one of the most popular beaches for snorkeling in St. John – the beach features underwater signs that guide snorkelers to exciting species. Outdoor showers, equipment rentals, and a lifeguard on duty make it a safe place to bring the kids.
Virgin Gorda – BVI
A wide variety is what makes the Virgin Gorda one of the best Caribbean snorkeling destinations. Each snorkeling site offers a new underwater adventure. The Baths Hill is home to rock life instead of coral, allowing snorkelers to explore nooks and crannies filled with tropical fish. A popular spot for families is Mahoe Bay where the reef begins just off shore from the beach.
Anse Chastanet – St. Lucia
Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia is a preserved slice of underwater heaven. The site contains a marine reserve which protects over 150 species of beautiful fish. The waters are calm and warm, making it easy to make your way from the north to south shore of the bay.
Antigua – Antigua & Barbuda
With a total of 365 beaches on the twin islands of Antigua & Barbuda, there’s a different beach to visit every day of the year. The local vibe in Antigua is laid back and friendly, attracting tons of visitors year round. The best part of snorkelling here is the ability to beach hop and explore what each area has in store. A beautiful variety of tropical rainbow fish and coral are easy to see through clear, still waters.