6 Best Places to Snorkel in USA

Date:04-08-2013 11:40:05 read:4

Snorkeling is a popular adventure sport in America, especially because the country offers many beautiful snorkeling spots on its coastline. Here are a few places you should visit if you are planning a snorkeling trip in the USA.

1. Buck Island, U.S Virgin Islands

Also known as Buck Island Reef National Monument, this island is located around two miles north of Saint Croix in the U.S Virgin Islands. It is an uninhibited island which is famous only for its natural beauty and snorkeling spots. Buck Island has a 4500 acre long reef on which visitors can take a long snorkeling trail eastwards. Under the administration of National Park Service, various plaques can be found underwater throughout the snorkeling trail. These plaques contain information about the marine ecosystem found at Buck Island.

2. Florida Keys, Florida

Located on the south west tip of Florida peninsula, Florida Keys is an archipelago with a coastline of approximately 120 miles. It is the perfect destination for visitors to go snorkeling as Florida Keys is the only place to have a coral barrier reef in continental America. Visitors can spot a variety of marine life species that is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The climate of Florida Keys is tropical which allows snorkelers to engage in other beach activities and water sports.

3. Santa Catalina Island, California

Located in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, off the California State coast in mainland America, Catalina Island is one of the popular snorkeling destinations in America. Lover’s Cove and Descanso Beach are the most famous snorkeling spots on the island. Visitors snorkel here to see the island’s famous flying fish and bright orange Garibaldi. Glass bottom boat tours that show visitors shipwrecks and marine life have also become popular.

4. Kapalua Bay, Hawaii

Kapalua Bay is located on the north western coast of Maui and is a popular Hawaiian beach destination. This is a place worth visiting for snorkeling because it is known to have calm and protected waters. Some of the marine life you can see at Kapalua Bay includes damsel fish, butterfly fish, wrasse, spotted toby and parrot fish among many other species.

5. South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a barrier island and a resort town located in the south west of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico. The best destinations for snorkeling within the island are around the South Padre jetties, Iron Reef Little Sara and Laguna Madre Estuary. You may encounter marine species including eels, wrasse, triggerfish and some types of sharks while snorkeling here. You can also take part in fishing competitions, dolphin watches and ecological tours when you visit this island.

6. Gloucester, Massachusetts

If seeing dolphins and whales is the reason you want to go snorkeling, Gloucester in Massachusetts is the right destination for you. The Cape Ann region off the rocky shores of Gloucester is the perfect snorkeling spot for visitors. If you don’t want to snorkel, you can also take a kayak tour which will take you for a ride to the snorkeling spots. You may come across blackfish, pollock, sea stars, striped bass and bluefish while snorkeling in Gloucester.

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