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Family Snorkeling Resort/Hotel

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Hi, I know this question gets asked quite a bit but I havent really found a satisfactory answer. We need some snorkeling in our lives, we have young kids, we want to go in early June, and we've never been to the Caribbean. Please Help!

I love to snorkel shallow reefs - under 10 ft. Something about not having to haul a bunch of gear and really just get in and swim is my idea of heaven.

That said, I have growing kids now, 2,5,7, and I know, especially the older 2, that they would go nuts if I could get them on a beach with some reef features.

The best off beach snorkeling I've ever encountered is on Belize's barrier reef. While this would be an amazing experience, its hard to get to, accommodations are very basic, and being a dad, I'd be really on guard given that security is a concern in this part of the world.

I have found that some resorts, like the Barcelo south of Playa Del Carmen (which I've been to), create jetties, artificial reefs or have actual reefs right at the shore. Again, security in Mexico is a concern, and, quite frankly, we've been there more times than I can count (before kids) so we're ready for something new.

In general we're really very active and adventurous, but security and health are not gambles we're willing to take with our kids despite doing some pretty crazy things prior to having them.

I've never been to any of the Caribbean islands. I would like to find a resort or hotel with a nice beach and accessible reef or reeflike structure - something that attracts fish and is shallow.

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