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Top 10 Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean – where dreams meet your reality

Top 10 Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean – find your paradise

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Dreaming of snorkeling in the Caribbean?

Check out our top 10 snorkeling destinations.

Cades Reef: Antigua/Barbuda

You’d be hard pressed to find a better snorkeling spot than around Antigua and Barbuda. These two Caribbean islands are completely surrounded by beautiful coral reefs, walls, and even a few shipwrecks, giving you some of the most spectacular underwater scenes in the Caribbean. In fact, many of the shipwrecks in the reefs surrounding Barbuda have yet to be explored, so you could be one of the first people to see them in hundreds of years.

With famous sites like Cades Reef and the wreck of the Andes, Antigua is definitely at the top of any list for top 10 snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean.

Hol Can Marine Reserve: Belize

Second on our top 10 snorkeling destinations in the Caribbean sea, this must-see destination is the Hol Chan Marine reserve, situated just off the coast of Belize, close to the Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. It’s a very large reserve, spanning some 4500 acres with protected coral reefs, and mangrove forest. Make sure to stop by Shark Ray Alley to see the nursing sharks, which can grow up to 6 feet long.

Stingray City: Cayman Islands

One of the most popular snorkeling destinations in the world, the Cayman islands boasts a huge number of beautiful coral reefs, along with a wide variety of sea life, all in calm waters. The most famous snorkeling spot is of course, Stingray City, where you can swim with and feed wild stingyrays.

Curaçao Underwater Marine Park: Curaçao

Like the Hol Can Marine reserve, the Curaçao Underwater Marine Park is an enormous park with some 20km of coastline along the southern coast of Curaçao. This park holds an incredible array of underwater life, including over 55 different types of coral reef in various stages of development, sea grass beds, mangroves, ship wrecks, and of course an abundance of sea life.

Bonaire Marine Park: Bonaire

This protected area is an exceptional snorkeling destination, with incredibly well preserved reefs and excellent underwater visibility. Many photographers travel to Bonaire to capture underwater photographs because of the exceptionally clear, calm, and silt-free water.

Anegada: British Virgin Islands

Like Antigua, there is an abundance of coral reefs surrounding the island here which makes it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving. Hundreds of ships have crashed into the reefs in the past, and you can observe the wrecks that were left behind.

Champagne Beach: Dominica

A longtime favorite snorkeling spot for tourists because of the small gas bubbles which continuougly rise from the sea floor. This non-stop volcanic activity is where “Champange Beach” got it’s name, and it produces some truly spectacular underwater scenery.

Tobago Cays: St. Vincent

The Tabago cays are a pristine, untouched location protected by a national marine park. The reefs encircle the island completely, and are teeming with fish and other underwater sea life. Lucky snorkelers can also catch a glimpse of turtles feeding in the area.

Bloody Bay Marine Park: Little Cayman

Located on the North Coast of the island, Bloody Bay is one of the most spectacular underwater reefs in the Caribbean. The most famous spot is Three Fathom Wall, a coral cliff which suddenly dropps from 18 ft to over 1000 ft deep in a short time.

Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve: Mexico

Located miles off shore, this popular atoll is 30 miles long and protected by the Mexican government. It’s the biggest atoll in the Caribbean, and boasts some of the richest marine life in the area. Snorkelers will find enormous elkhorn, and barrell sponges the size of golf-carts.

Soufriere Marine Management Area: St Lucia

Established in 1995, this marine park boasts some terrific snorkeling spots. Visitors can can often spot turtles and eels in the area.

Top 10 Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean – the list doesn’t stop here!

Have other Caribbean snorkeling spots to add to our top 10 snorkeling destinations list? Please email them to us, and we’ll gladly add it to the list!

Other readings : The Ultimate 10 Most Beautiful Diving Destinations Of The Caribbean

By Earl, author of Top 10 Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean – where dreams meet your reality and writer for Cheap All Inclusive Caribbean Vacation.

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