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snorkelfamily Dec 29th, 2006 07:01 PM

Favorite off beach snorkel spot???
 
I would love to hear everyone's VOTE on their favorite Caribean island for off the beach snorkeling?
...and in that island, their top snorkel spot???
Thanks.

xkenx Dec 29th, 2006 07:15 PM

It's St.John, and it's any of the 7 beaches at Caneel Bay.

A_Traveller Dec 29th, 2006 08:00 PM

#1 - Mahoe Bay, Virgin Gorda.
#2 - a second vote for the beaches at Caneel Bay on St. John plus other St. John beaches.
#3 - Loblolly Beach, Anegada

Almost any other place pales in comparison to the above.

StanKase Dec 29th, 2006 08:04 PM

Despite the coral dying throughout the V.I.'s 2 couples were just at Caneel and confirmed off 6 of the 7 beaches the snorkeling is still first rate. It was great for us on 6-7 visits in the 1980's and 1990's. Our last visit in 2001 was still great off all 7 beaches.
The folks we met in B.V.I.'s were comparing it to the B.V.I.'s. We met them 2 weeks ago while at Biras Creek on VG.
But go fast if snorkeling is high on your list of activities on a vacation. It beats GC, Bonaire, Cozemal, St. Lucia and T&C's. But with the global warming, pollution, etc. you might want to get to Caneel in 2007.

virginia Dec 30th, 2006 03:52 AM

have snorkeled usvi, bvi, t&c and mexican riviera. mexico wins hands down for clarity, variety of fish, ease of access, and the fish are huge specimens.

LvSun Dec 30th, 2006 05:32 AM

Grand Cayman. Spot - right before you get to Rum Point. Hubby quit diving when there because we can see so much from snorkeling from the beach.

Fav place to stay is the Sea Lodges -- the area between them and Rum Point is the best snorkeling we have found thus far on all of our trips to Caribbean islands. Goto http://www.caymanhaven.com/#reservations or http://www.sealodgical.com/

Robert59 Dec 30th, 2006 07:56 AM

I enjoyed snorkeling and conducting reef surveys on Turks & Caicos. We stayed at Coral Gardens, since a reef was just 20 feet offshore. Enjoyed watching the turtles come into the grass beds to the right of the reef. It's pristine and you can swim/snorkel around the roped-off reef and peer inward. Id'd over 48 species of reef fish. I know some neat reefs to snorkel in on Great Guana Cay, off of Abaco Island in the Bahamas, if any one's interested. Robert

iamq Dec 30th, 2006 08:18 AM

virginia,

I'm curious where on the Mexican Riviera you found the great snorkeling that you mention. Thanks.

-Bill


cmcfong Dec 30th, 2006 08:29 AM

Church Bay, Bermuda

virginia Dec 30th, 2006 06:58 PM

hi bill, we stayed on tankah bay beach between akumal and tulum. the bay in general was wonderful. it has an underground river from manatee cenote that feeds into the bay about 40 yds off beach. tons of fish here to feed on the nutrients from the fresh water. you can see fish from kayaks.
also, we drove up to yalku lagoon in akumal. we saw parrot fish that were over 2'long. schools of giant blue tangs. herds of 6-7" sergeant majors and all the ususal fish - but big.
same size fish at xel-ha eco/water park.
there seems to be something about the lagoons that makes the fish get very large, as they were not larger than usual in tankah bay - just plentiful.

VegasM Dec 31st, 2006 12:43 AM

<font color="maroon"><b>Definitely Coral Gardens hotel in Turks and Caicos... saw some wonderful sea life! ((l))</b></font>

iamq Dec 31st, 2006 09:14 AM

Thanks virginia.

-Bill

ejcrowe Jan 1st, 2007 08:42 AM

Cooper Island in the BVI, between the hotel and Haulover Bay.

sunnytime Jan 1st, 2007 01:15 PM

Turks and Caicos:

Bight reef or smith's reef

sceneisle Jan 1st, 2007 01:55 PM

Bonaire: Oil Slick Leap, Andrea I &amp; Andrea II.

snorkelfamily Jan 1st, 2007 06:48 PM

Thank you all for your votes...we are deciding between St. John and the Mexican Riviera...
Thanks again!
Val

snorkelfamily Jan 1st, 2007 06:54 PM

Virginia,
in your opinion is the trip you described to the mexican riviera suitable for a 5 and 8 year old child?
Thanks,
Val

needavacation Jan 3rd, 2007 02:06 PM

We went to Akumal on the Riveira Maya with 6 and 8 year old boys last summer and had a fantastic time. Kids loved beach and snorkeling in ocean, at Yalku, and in a cenote. We got around pretty easily in a rental car, and it was not too much for the kids at all. We stayed in a hotel in Playa for a couple of days, then at a condo in Akumal for four days (Las Casitas.) If I went again I'd go straight to Akumal for the whole time.

snorkelfamily Jan 3rd, 2007 05:48 PM

need a vacation: thanks, I will look into akumal...I was not familiar with that!
Val

snorkelfamily Jan 3rd, 2007 05:51 PM

virginia, do you recommend staying in akumal? and if so,what hotel? if not, where do you recommend staying?
val


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