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Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

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Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

We are planning a trip the end of October or beginning of November. The condos on the north side look so much better, but I have heard that the currents up there make it dangerous for even intermediate snorkelers. Is this true or is it safe enough close to shore. We are looking for a place that we can snorkel right in front of and we prefer condos or villas to big resorts. There don't seem to be as many south except on San Francisco beach area which is not suppose to have good snorkeling. Any ideas? Thanks

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1. Re: Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

The currents vary, but to say it is dangerous is an overstatement. The reefs and things are pretty much within 25' of the "wall" and you can get out of the water almost anywhere.

I usually swim against the current (to the south) until I have gone as far as I want. I then let the current carry me back to the condo.

I've done some spearfishing drifts from our condo at Nah Ha all the way to Cozumeleno or Playa Azul. I get out there and walk back via the bike path.

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2. Re: Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

We spend a month in a condo at the North end every winter and I snorkel all the time. Yes..there are currents. But there are currents everywhere on the island. Some days they are a bit stronger than other days. But they are not dangerous. You are not going to be swept out to sea...never to return. Go....take a condo in the north. We love the north end. The wall is absolutely beautiful. I snorkel within inches of the wall, even on choppy days. The one way you will get hurt, is by grabbing on to the coral. It is filled with fire coral, sea urchins and other things that sting. If you ever feel at risk, just drift with the current and climb out at the next house. There's a ladder every few yards all along the coast. Good advice above...snorkel against the current when you first get in, then drift back "home" when you get tired.

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3. Re: Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

I second all of the above.

We always wear snorkel vests just to be on the safe side. The north is lovely and great to snorkel.

The Coral Princess is a smallish hotel and has good snorkelling right outside.

Hotel B is really nice and looks to have good snorkelling right there too.

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5. Re: Safety snorkeling north of San Miguel

I put in at Coral Princess a few times and exited at the condos to the north and walked back to Coral Princess a few times back in Feb. The snorkeling is pretty good for not being out on a reef, lots to see and the current isn't really that strong. The closer you stay towards shore the more you stay out of the current too.

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