Where to snorkel in 2012?

Old Mar 27th, 2011, 07:26 PM
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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
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Old Mar 27th, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Oh, one more thing – please do not suggest Belize, we are planning a longer (jungle + beach) vacation there in the future. Thanks
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 08:44 AM
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Topping.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Bahamas Out Islands? Maybe temps would be too cool in Feb. You've already been to my two favorite Caribbean destinations.
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 01:55 PM
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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.
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 04:42 AM
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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.
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 06:13 AM
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maho.org St John best safest for off the beach snorkel

BVIs

runawayhill.com nice Bahamas Harbor Island on the Lee side

Bonaire in the ABC islands

Negril Jamaica
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 06:17 AM
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www.enjoypanama.com/hotels/yandup-lodge.htm

my fav in Panama more exotic remote primitive

Las Olas resort around Coiba.

but if not adventurous stick to Carib.
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 08:43 AM
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Found this site that has a good representation of what the snorkeling is like on the north shore of Grand Cayman.

http://snorkelblog.tumblr.com/
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Old Apr 1st, 2011, 09:40 AM
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ttagger, great site. thanks
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 07:12 AM
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I'm heading to St. Lucia because I hear many of the beaches have great snorkeling off the beach - eg. Anse Chastenet, Ti Kaye...
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Old Apr 15th, 2011, 07:13 AM
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Also there are many land ops there!
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