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#47405 - 01/19/02 03:08 PM Snorkeling on the island  
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My wife and I plan to be down in April... the reef sounds fantastic... but it has always been important for us to be able to snorkel at the property weíre staying at. Does anyone know which (if any) places have snorkeling on-site? Thanks!

#47406 - 01/19/02 04:58 PM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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If you are looking to snorkel coral right off the property on AC, the answer is none (to my knowledge ). You can snorkel off any of the beachfront properties but they all have sand and turtle grass off the beach. You can see a ton of life in that grass but its not coral reef snorkeling. Ramons has tons of structure built to bring in fish around there dock and its worth a snorkel.

If you want to snorkel coral you will have to go by boat. However several of the properties have kayaks available which you could paddle out to the reef very easily.

Unless you have a dive flag float don't try to swim to the reef--way to much fast boat traffic all day long. Even with a dive flag I'd think twice before doing it if you are in a propert in or close to San Padro.

I wanted a property where I could snorkel off the beach just like you too, so we scouted out lilky prospects. I came to the conclusion that heading to the north side of the island, at a resort that has kayaks, would be the best choice. The barrier reef is closer to AC as you go north so shorter kayak time. Boat traffic is less, and so should be safer.

I forget the resort's name (somebody else on the board will know) but there is a resort directly on the shore from Mexico Rocks. Our guide at Mexico Rocks told us it had changed hands and had a new name. It would be an easy kayak out to a good snorkel sight.


#47407 - 01/19/02 05:20 PM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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Thanks for the advice... Iíll try to find the new name of the place. I assume you had a good time after all...?

#47408 - 01/19/02 05:50 PM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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I think the resort by Mexico Rocks is Avalon.

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#47409 - 01/20/02 01:34 AM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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There is some coral not far off the end of our pier, which our guests have paddled the kayak out to. They said it was some pretty good snorkeling there, though I have not tried it yet. Perhaps when I'm down in March. This is North, about 4.5 miles North of San Pedro. Also hope to find out exactly where Mexico Rocks is this time, and see if we can paddle there.


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#47410 - 01/20/02 09:34 AM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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KC.....I'm sure I just haven't been paying attention....but what and where is your place? Is it a house?...or something larger.
Trying to locate where you are. Somewhere in the area of Journey's End?


#47411 - 01/20/02 10:06 AM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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Greetings Ottomaya,

We have just returned from 5 weeks in Belize and found no snorkeling from the beachs in San Pedro. If you are willing to stay at South Water Caye, there is truely awesome sites there. In one morning, right off the beach we saw the following; spotteed eagke ray, yellow sting ray, southern stringray, three green morays, trunkfish, hogfishes, all of the parrotfishes, trumpetfish, and a pair of sand divers, crabs and lobster just to name a very few!! This is the spot we will return to if we ever get a chance. There are two places to stay. We would recommend the Pelican Resort on South Water Caye, although there is no hot water.
email if you have further questions,

The Original Bad Dog
#47412 - 01/20/02 10:07 AM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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and I forgot the awesome scrawled cowfish. Ain't it amazing what mother nature has done!?!

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#47413 - 01/20/02 01:21 PM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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Yeah, Avalon is the place by Mexico Rocks. You could also head out to Glover's Reef for a great snorkel stay.

#47414 - 01/20/02 01:23 PM Re: Snorkeling on the island  
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Good info... thanks... Iím tyring to pick a dive destination for my 50th... my wife does not dive and itís always been best for us when we/she can snorkel right at the hotel... weíve stayed in a couple of such places on Cozumel and St. Lucia... do you know of any?

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