By any measure, it’s one of the most popular activities for travelers to the Caribbean: snorkeling. And it’s not hard to see why: it’s accessible, easy to do, and a tremendous way to experience the natural beauty of the Caribbean.
In recent years, snorkeling has become even more popular, in large part thanks to the debut of full-face snorkeling masks, which have redefined the experience for many snorkelers.
And while many of the Caribbean’s best dive destinations also boast great snorkeling, great diving destinations are not instantly great snorkeling spots.
So where are the best places to snorkel in the Caribbean? They’re places where snorkeling is both easy to access and abundant; where you don’t always have to get on a boat to enjoy it; and where the island and its resort properties make a point of emphasizing it.
So where are the best places to snorkel in the region?
Here are our picks.
Bonaire Nowhere in the Caribbean is there a greater surfeit of high-level snorkeling directly offshore, meaning you can just about park by the side of the road and quickly find a great place to explore. Bonaire is an island that’s all about the water, and with its meticulously well-run STINAPA marine park, it’s the perfect Caribbean snorkeling destination, whether you’re at a luxury resort like the lovely Harbour Village or the ultra-cool Delfins Beach Resort.