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Best location for shore snorkeling

Penn Yan, New York
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Best location for shore snorkeling

Hi, Costa Rica is a big island! I am overwhelmed trying to do research. Does anyone know if there is one beach/location in particular that is best for shore snorkeling where we could stay for a week? Maybe close to shops and restaurants too.

Thanks.

M.E.S

Grecia, Costa Rica
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1. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

You are right, it is a BIG Island, so much so it is often called a Continent!

Costa Rica is located in Central America, we have water on 2 sides but we are not an island.

Best snorkeling IMO is the Caribbean side or down in Drakes Bay, having said that we do not have the best in the way of snorkeling, visibility is an issue and we do not have much in the way of coral. If this is a high priority maybe Belize would be a better fit.

More will chime in soon.

Cheers

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2. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

Agree with Inca, Costa Rica not generally known as a snorkeling destination like areas in the Caribbean or Mexico. If this is the main purpose of your trip, you may be better to look elsewhere.

Edited: 26 October 2011, 22:07
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3. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

Agree with Inca and diver. I have had the most luck snorkeling on the south Caribbean coast at Manzanillo, south of Puerto Viejo where you can swim out to the reef from shore. Saw lots of fish but breaking waves on the reef made it a little interesting.

The snorkeling in Costa Rica is not comparable to what you can find on the incredible reef that stretches from Cozumel south to the southern tip of Belize.

Uvita, Costa Rica
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4. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

Also very good snorkling on Cano Island easy rach from Uvita or Marino Ballena Marine National Park.

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5. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

Sept-Oct and then again around March-April the snorkeling off Arrecife Restaurant in Punta Uva on the Caribbean coast is pretty darn good.

If the seas are calm, which is usually the case, there are some reef about 25-50 mts off the beach with some nice views.

Penn Yan, New York
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6. Re: Best location for shore snorkeling

My bad, yes it is NOT an island :)

Thank you everyone for the feedback. Snorkeling is very high on the list so we will continue to watch airfare to Roatan as that is our top choice. I looked into Belize - Caye Caulker to be specific. We are not fans of sea grass..

We were in Roatan in 2009 and fell in love with the snorkeling and diving there. Unfortunately the airfare has gone up A LOT.

Thanks again.

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