Under the Sea: A Caribbean Snorkeling Vacation
In the movie The Little Mermaid, Sebastian the crab says, "Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there." If you're a fan of brightly colored fish, other-worldly coral reefs and mysteries of the deep, snorkeling in the Caribbean offers a lifetime of memories. Here are three of the best Caribbean snorkeling resorts, where you can discover the wonders of the sea with your own eyes.
If your kids can't wait to see Sebastian, Nemo and all of those other friendly reef fish, consider a visit to Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa. Travel+Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler have named it the Best Caribbean Family Hotel and the Best Island Beach Worldwide. Snorkelers love the crystal-clear water, 12-miles of perfect beach and one of the most extensive reef systems in the world. It all contributes to the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Masks, fins and snorkels are included. And the resort's 45,000-sq-ft water park won't hurt your standing with the kids either!
Interested in understated luxury paired with the best Caribbean snorkeling? Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort overlooks Seven Mile Beach, one of the world's best. Australian pines and palm trees shade a gorgeous beach that gently slopes into crystalline waters, and the world-class conditions support more than 500 species under the sea. Don't miss Cemetery Reef, just north of the Marriott. You'll see schools of Sergeant Majors swarming the swimmers with fish food. Or head south to Cheeseburger Reef, just off the local Burger King, where 10 feet of water is home to plenty of friendly fish and coral. Just off the Marriott's shore, the current-free waters indulge parrot-fish, yellow-tail damsels and other colorful species just waiting to show off for snorkelers.
A veritable who's who of rainbow-hued fish is why we love one of the best Caribbean snorkeling resorts, El Cid La Ceiba Beach in Cozumel. The oceanfront resort offers a pristine beach, an amazing spa and a private, professional dive center. The fine folks at the Babieca Dive Center will help you glide with the drift currents among schools of angelfish, parrot-fish and groupers. Don't miss Chankanaab National Park with its underwater statues; it's like swimming in an aquarium! Only one day of snorkeling is included in the all-inclusive package, but you'll be back for more.
Like Sebastian the Crab, you'll be singing, "Life is the bubbles under the sea" when you come up for air at the best Caribbean snorkeling resorts. And no one will have to persuade you that the best snorkeling in the Caribbean is a perfect vacation idea.