October 28, 2020

Caribbean Journal picks Cayman Islands as #1 Best Caribbean Snorkeling Island

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snorkeling-destinationsThe Best Caribbean Snorkeling Islands From Caribbean Journal

It’s the Caribbean’s most precious resource. It’s right there. It’s beckoning you. You’re on the beach, taking in the sun, and you’re fascinated by what’s going on in the vast blue world right in front of you. It’s why so many people always pick up a mask and fins and decided to snorkel on their Caribbean getaways — it’s a great, easy way to explore, to discover the sea. These are the best Caribbean snorkeling islands — the places where the snorkeling itself is worth making the trip.

Grand Caymancayman1
This is obviously a top Caribbean diving destination, and that means that great snorkeling abounds, too, with dozens of terrific snorkeling spots, from the yellowtails at Eden Rock to the Wreck of the Gamma, an old freighter that’s more than 30 years old. Of course there’s Stingray City, too. (And for some extra adventure, hop over to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman).

provo1Bonaire
The things that make this one of the Caribbean’s great diving destinations also make it a terrific snorkeling destination. With a world-class marine park surrounding the island, you can find immaculate reefs right offshore. And if you want to take a quick water trip, there’s also great snorkeling off the coast of the nearby islet of Klein

Belizeambergris
It’s located right on the Western Hemisphere’s longest reef system, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and that means superb spots for snorkeling, from the coast of Ambergris Caye to Lighthouse Reef.

Dominica
The island’s Champagne Reef, whose subterranean geothermal champagneactivity causes bubbles to fill the sea (hence the “Champagne”), is one of the Caribbean’s great snorkeling experiences. And Dominica is full of exotic sights, from underwater volcanic craters to batfish and electric rays.

trunkSt John
This might be the best environmentally protected island in all of the region, and that extends below the sea, particularly in Trunk Bay, which is home to the region’s most famous underwater snorkeling trail.

stlucia1Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia’s most famous for its towering Pitons; but the wonder of the Pitons extends below sea level to the Anse Piton Marine Reserve, home to fascinating obsidian-hued water full of vibrant sea life. But perhaps the island’s most recognized snorkeling site is the Anse Chastanet Reef (above), which 150 different fish species call home.

grenada3Grenada
Grenada is full of great natural snorkeling sites, but a can’t miss snorkeling spot is its Underwater Sculpture Park led by famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, a stone marvel just below the surface.

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Coral Gardens reef is Mecca for snorkelers in the Turks and Caicos’ most popular destination. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s set on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Grace Bay Beach.

Exuma
The producers of the Jamexumaes Bond film Thunderball brought 007 here to film the snorkeling scenes, and now you can follow in his footsteps at the Thunderball Grotto, an underwater cave experience. And for a different experience, try the reef at Harbour Buoy Portside.

Virgin Gorda
There are a host of great snorkeling sites in Virgin Gorda (North Sound is full of them), but for a snorkeling experience you can’t get anywhere in the Caribbean, the unique geological formation known as The Baths provides an incomparable underwater backdrop.

For more on this story and to find who the other 5 are go to: http://www.caribjournal.com/2015/04/14/the-best-caribbean-snorkeling-islands/#

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