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xyz99 Mar 27th, 2011 07:26 PM

Where to snorkel in 2012?
I’ve been going back and forth 100 times, trying to find what would be for us ‘the perfect’ place for a week vacation in Feb next year.
We haven’t snorkeled in a few years, so the main goal is to snorkel a lot. We looked at Roatan (but some recent robbery posts on TA scared me) and also Panama, but I am still not decided. Here is what we are looking for:
- Great snorkeling from the beach
- Safe
- Individual villa (or very small resort), on the beach
- Comfortable lodging with A/C, (TV or DVD a plus)
- Nice grounds, with some gardens/flowers for extra birding photography opportunities
- Large beach not necessary, just a small one where we can lay a towel
- Preferably an island without night life, or an area away of it

In the past, we loved the Coral Bay area of St. John and Nail Bay in Virgin Gorda. Where else can we find something similar?
I read about the great snorkeling in West Bay, Roatan – but it sounds very busy and populated, with crowded beaches. Plus, the safety issue…are these just mis-conceptions?
I really need help…Thanks

xyz99 Mar 27th, 2011 07:30 PM

Oh, one more thing – please do not suggest Belize, we are planning a longer (jungle + beach) vacation there in the future. Thanks

sylvia3 Mar 28th, 2011 08:44 AM


Jimmie Mar 28th, 2011 10:13 AM

Bahamas Out Islands? Maybe temps would be too cool in Feb. You've already been to my two favorite Caribbean destinations.

TurtleTagger Mar 28th, 2011 01:55 PM

North Side of Grand Cayman. The Retreat in the Rum Point area has a nice little beach and great snorkeling right from shore. Plus it is a short drive to some other awesome snorkel sites as well.

StanKase Apr 1st, 2011 04:42 AM

None of the places you mentioned has really good if any snorkeling from the beach.Cayman has some on the West End near Sting Ray City and some in Bonaire. The best off the beach snorkeling in the Caribbean is from the beaches of St, John.

qwovadis Apr 1st, 2011 06:13 AM St John best safest for off the beach snorkel

BVIs nice Bahamas Harbor Island on the Lee side

Bonaire in the ABC islands

Negril Jamaica

qwovadis Apr 1st, 2011 06:17 AM

my fav in Panama more exotic remote primitive

Las Olas resort around Coiba.

but if not adventurous stick to Carib.

TurtleTagger Apr 1st, 2011 08:43 AM

Found this site that has a good representation of what the snorkeling is like on the north shore of Grand Cayman.

virginia Apr 1st, 2011 09:40 AM

ttagger, great site. thanks

charmdesign Apr 15th, 2011 07:12 AM

I'm heading to St. Lucia because I hear many of the beaches have great snorkeling off the beach - eg. Anse Chastenet, Ti Kaye...

charmdesign Apr 15th, 2011 07:13 AM

Also there are many land ops there!

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