Snorkeling, which used to be considered as one of the unusual underwater activities that only the daring (read: slightly daft) would choose to do, has thankfully and rightfully emerged into the mainstream of fun tourist activities.
It is a much welcome development, especially for places like Puerto Rico where marine flora and fauna are present with such voluminous diversity. Tourists and locals alike have fun snorkeling in these recommended beaches. Join in the fun when you visit Puerto Rico.
Peñón Brusi Beach
Camuy is home to the Peñón Brusi Beach. Although sometimes thought of as not really worth visiting because of its rustic façade, the interiors of the resort are actually tantalizing.
A very scenic tourist spot, it is also well maintained and provides basic amenities such as a shower by the entrance. You can get your fill of the sun by spending time at this beach.
The one thing a lot of tourists fail to realize is that this place has one of the richest ecosystems in Puerto Rico. There are many dunes and mangroves, along with snorkeling channels.
Caja de Muertos
If you’re game for an offbeat adventure, go to Caja de Muertos or Coffin Island. The spookily named snorkeling spot off the coast of Ponce may intimidate at first, but in reality, there’s nothing scary about it. It’s just named that way because a fanciful French writer of long ago thought that shape of the island seemed to be like that of someone’s reposing remains inside a coffin.
Although snorkeling is perfect in such a distant place, there are times when the creepy folktales attached to the island have become more popular than the actual underwater sport itself.
Another distant island off the west coast of Puerto Rico, Mona Island is also a favorite among the snorkeling crowd because it is as close to being virginal as reefs can get. For the most part unmarred by underwater human exploration, the reefs of Mona Island holds a stunning array of aquatic life, ranging from octopus to turtles, clownfish to eels and pufferfish.
Downside: you need to bring your own gear. There are no rentals.
Blue Hole Beach
Blue Hole Beach in Isabela, also goes by the names of Kiquebrado and Shacks. The fact that there are no showers in this dive spot should not deter you. After all, with a reef spanning more or less 300 meters, it’s easy to come across the most graceful of fish varieties darting in between the corals.
The colorful aquarium fish provide a stunning counterpoint to the clear waters beneath, simply ideal for both diving and snorkeling. The reef is also home to at least three sea cows. These imposing and highly intelligent sea dwellers can swim at an average of 3 to 5 mph and if you are in good shape, it’s fun to frolic with these curious, aquatic herbivores.
Crash Boat Beach
Puerto Rico seems to have a penchant for strangely naming their tourist spots. Aguadilla’s Crash Boat Beach is one of them. There are, thankfully, no boat crash remains littering this beautiful dive and snorkeling spot. In fact, Crash Boat Beach is clean and good for surfing, kayaking, and swimming, as well.
What’s more, it comes complete with toilets, showers, picnic kiosks, and ample parking. For something named after a marine disaster, this beach is highly popular and enjoys a lot of tourist traffic, particularly on holidays and weekends.