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9 Unforgettable Snorkeling Spots In The US

by Adriana Afonso January 26, 2017

9 Unforgettable Snorkeling Spots In The US

Planning a trip and not sure where to go for the best snorkeling? You might be surprised how close to home some of these locations are!
  1. Block Island, R.I.

    This quiet and stunningly beautiful island situated between Montauk and Martha’s Vineyard has blissful beaches and water clear enough for snorkeling. The warm Gulf Stream often brings juvenile tropical fish close to shore in this area, making it perfect for possible sightings of colorful fish. Water temperatures are currently a chilly 72 degrees. That will drop into the 60s in the coming months.
  2. Riviera Beach, Fla. 

    Peanut Island is situated in the Intracoastal Waterway, making it one of the most fascinating parks in Florida. The list of ocean-going sea life that you might see here is a long one, and includes squid, rays, octopus, and brilliantly colored tropical fish. The best time for snorkeling is around high tide. The waters here are a comfortable 85-degrees well into September.
  3. Key Largo, Fla. 

    Now you are getting to the good stuff. John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park attracts divers and snorkelers year round. Rent a boat, kayak the mangroves, or take a guided snorkeling tour. The choice is yours! The current water temperature is a toasty 89-degrees. Expect that warmth to slowly dissipate, but remain in the 80s throughout September.
  4. La Jolla, Calif. 

    Seals, sea lions, and leopard sharks, oh my! See the best that the area has to offer under water. The Pacific is currently a chilly 70 degrees at La Jolla, dipping into the mid-60’s in September.
  5. Marathon, Florida

    See the world-famous Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary. People travel from all over the world to snorkel in the Florida Keys. No snorkeling destination in the region is more famous than Marathon's own Sombrero Reef. Expect water temps well into the 80’s throughout September and even into October.
  6. Bailey’s Harbor, Wis.

    Water temperatures that have already fallen into the 60s may make snorkeling offered by a bit too frigid for all but the hardiest. You may prefer a clear-bottom kayak instead to see the maritime history beneath the waves in Door County, saving snorkeling for the summer. Regardless of when you go, this is for sure an interesting place to check out as they also have tours of underwater ship wrecks!
  7. Key West, Fla. 

    Several beaches on Key West offer fun snorkeling opportunities from shore, but for pristine snorkeling, take the ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park. The wrecks and patchy reef system surrounding the islands of the national park are home to a diverse array of sea life. Current water temperatures are near 90, and should hold in the 80s throughout most of the fall season.
  8. Crystal River, Fla. 

    If swimming with manatees is not on your bucket list, it should be. It’s a little early to see large numbers of manatees, but come September and October, there will be rise in the manatee population. The water temperature in the river is a brisk 72 degrees year-round.

  9. Catalina Island, Calif. 

    The comparatively warmer waters surrounding Catalina Island bring sub-tropical sea life to the Pacific. The kelp beds are home to seals and sea lions, dolphins, turtles, crustaceans, and vivid orange garibaldi damselfish. The water temperature is a cool 70 degrees well into September.
  10. The Snorkl

    Looking to explore as much as possible at any of these snorkeling locations? Pack The Snorkl with you. The Snorkl full face masks are amazing for exploring underwater with no hassle, no interruptions and totally easy to use! Uneasy about getting into snorkeling? This is a great mask for beginners as well as it blocks water from entering thanks to our patented dry fit system. This helps keep you dry and comfy inside as you navigate. Our masks all come equipped with an anti-fog system as well and constructed from top of the line material. Come check out what all the hype is about here!
Adriana Afonso
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