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Snorkeling in early January

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Snorkeling in early January

Hi there - we're looking at traveling to Bocas del Toro Jan 7 - 14 and are wondering if snorkeling is good then? We've heard that this is the peak surfing season and are wondering if the seas will be to rough for good snorkeling?

What are some good snorkeling spots for that time of year?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Snorkeling in early January

Snorkeling in Bocas is good all year 'round. You don't need to worry about seas and surf, either. The surfing is done on the windward side of the islands, where the Caribbean meets the islands head -on. Snorkeling is on the leeward side. There, the reefs are protected.

One place I used to like snorkeling is near Coral Cay. There is a restaurant, there, in the middle of the bay. Great place to snorkel and have lunch and then go to Red Frog Beach for body surfing. Hire a water taxi for the day. Just make sure you get to the restaurant before the crowd or it may be hours before you see your lunch.

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2. Re: Snorkeling in early January

If it rains a lot, it will affect your snorkeling, no matter where you are. Do not expect stellar snorkeling here during that month, BUT if we have a repeat performance of this year weather pattern, you should have some very nice opportunities. The swells affect your safety while on a boat, but as gb_williams states, you can go snorkeling to protected areas. However, the rain would affect your visibility and your comfort on the boat even in these areas. A couple of friends went out to Zapatilla today, after being told it would "clear up". It did not, it poured, and they had a miserable experience. If you are open to many different activities, even a walk in a tropical downpour can be fun and exciting. But come here with your expectation to match the reality that that month is during the rainy season.

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3. Re: Snorkeling in early January

BUT it is a beautiful place - just come and enjoy - it is a wonderfully warm rain after all and much else to do!

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4. Re: Snorkeling in early January

oh yes, no doubt about it. It is one of the most beautiful place anywhere! But I think it is good to know what to be expect so as not to be disappointed. And there is a lot more to do here than snorkel.

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5. Re: Snorkeling in early January

Thanks crazy, it is wonderful to have someone actually FROM BOCAS giving information on here and I would definitely recommend that many listen to YOU !

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6. Re: Snorkeling in early January

So, January is still rainy season there? When does rainy season end?

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7. Re: Snorkeling in early January

Actually January is the height of the rainy season in Bocas. Dry season in Bocas is September. DO expect rain in January. It does not mean however, that you wont be able to snorkel. The sea settles quickly and one day of sunny weather is usually enough. The water is warm year round. So it does not mean you might get rain night and day for the whole month, but what it does mean it that you can expect some rain at some point, and it might even rain for a whole day here and there.

Panama City seems to get alot more rain than the "dry arc" area of Panama - Santa Clara beaches on the Pacific side dry season will be starting mid December til about April - all high season there. Hope this helps.

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