When it comes to best snorkeling resorts Caribbean options you’re spoilt for choice and it can be hard to know just where to pick! This guide is here to help you do just that, and what’s more I’ve done all of the research for you based on my own experiences of the best islands for snorkeling in the Caribbean.
we’ll be covering my top 10 best snorkeling resorts based on a range of factors and experiences. Whether you’re interested in the best Caribbean snorkeling resorts for beginners, want to know which the best all inclusive snorkeling resorts are, or you want to know where to stay for the best snorkeling for kids in Caribbean, I’ve got you covered here!
The fact is, there are so many best snorkeling islands in the Caribbean, that the hardest part is choosing which island is right for you. I’ve chosen resorts that I personally love and are all well-kept in addition to having access to the best snorkeling sites in the Caribbean on their doorstep as well as other activities such as hiking and watersports nearby, too.
There are several questions to ask yourself when researching which is the best Caribbean island to snorkel: Are you looking for the best Caribbean snorkeling beaches on your doorstep, do you prefer to stay at all inclusive resorts with snorkeling, or have you already narrowed down your search to a specific island or area, and are looking for the best snorkeling in southern Caribbean, for example?
If you ask avid snorkelers where is the best resort for snorkeling in the Caribbean, you will hear over and over again either Cocoview in Roatan, Honduras or Off the Wall in Belize.
So, if an amazing house reef is the only consideration, pick one of those two – scroll down to read my full reviews below. You won’t be disappointed. But there are several other spots with amazing house reef, so let’s get started with my top Caribbean snorkeling resorts reviews.
BEST SNORKELING RESORTS IN THE CARIBBEAN
Cocoview Resort, Roatan
Off The Wall, Glover’s Reef, Belize
Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire
Anse Chastanet Resort, St. Lucia
Gallows Point, St. John, USVI
Secret Harbor Resort, St Thomas, USVI
The Caves Hotel, Negril, Jamaica
The Windsong Resort, Turks & Caicos
The Retreat At Rum Point, Grand Cayman
Cocoview Resort, Roatan
Celebrated as the most returned-to dive resort in the world, and that’s saying something for one of the best caribbean snorkeling islands.
Located on the southern shore of Roatan, the thing that makes CocoView the best hotel for snorkeling in Roatan is its location right on the reef. Shore snorkeling is as easy as it gets here, in fact CocoView offers some of the best Caribbean snorkeling from shore. It’s the perfect introduction to Roatan island snorkeling for beginners and seasoned snorkelers alike.
CocoView is a renowned dive center as well as a resort, meaning you can also try scuba diving if you feel inclined, and their setup for snorkeling is professional. Another big advantage is that snorkelers are welcome on dive boats at all times, making it easy to visit any of the 10+ boat snorkel sites as well as the four shore snorkel sites that are directly accessible from the resort. In good water visibility conditions, up to 85% of the Prince Albert ship wreck’s 140m length is visible while snorkeling from the water surface.
Accommodation is on a full board basis at CocoView resort, and dive packages include 2 daily boat trips per day if you want to snorkel further from the shore. Or, you can remove the dive element from your package for a discount. The resort can also book your flights and transfers if you prefer to go for all inclusive snorkeling resorts packages.
Accommodation is available in Bungalows, Cabanas and Ocean Front rooms, with 29 guest rooms in total. That’s one of the things I love about CocoView – it’s a small, initimate resort and you’ll likely make good friends during your snorkeling vacation in Roatan if you stay here, especially as many people return year after year. Both the bungalows and cabanas are overwater, and all rooms have a balcony or patio area with hammock for blissful Caribbean views.
CocoView Roatan offers 4* level accommodation and is very reasonably priced.
If you’re looking for the best Caribbean island snorkeling, CocoView Roatan will definitely not disappoint!
Best Snorkeling Resorts in Roatan, Honduras
Located off the coast of Honduras in the Caribbean Sea, Roatan island gets rave reviews for its pristine beaches and incredible snorkeling, thanks to being located along the second largest reef in the world. Although this island is only 40 miles from north to south, it’s packed with things to do as well as amazing snorkeling. It’s also a lot safer to visit than mainland Honduras. The best time to visit Roatan for snorkeling is between February and August (dry season).
If you want to experience the best snorkeling in Roatan, you can’t beat a stay at Coco View Resort.
Off The Wall, Glover’s Reef, Belize
Located on Glover’s Reef Atoll, about 35 miles off the coast of Belize, Off the Wall is well away from the crowds snorkeling Belize city and feels like a different world. Off the Wall is located on its own private island, at the center of a Marine Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Off the Wall is a 5* resort and – I think – the best place to stay in Belize for snorkeling. When it comes to snorkeling vacations in Belize, it really doesn’t get much better than this thanks to being far away from the crowds and right in the centre of the Marine Reserve.
Off the Wall is an eco friendly snorkeling resort and part of the Tripadvisor Green Leaders program, and has incorporated sustainability measures including use of solar power, rainwater harvesting, composting toilets and many other things, making this a a best snorkeling resort in Belize choice if you’re also concerned about your footprint while traveling.
When it comes to the snorkeling, Off the Wall is considered to have some of the best snorkeling spots in the Caribbean thanks to its 700+ patch reefs, and there are daily guided snorkeling excursions by boat if you want to venture further afield (at a charge). You can also content yourself with walking straight in if you are looking for Belize snorkeling from beach options.
Accommodation is in beautiful thatched cabanas, with private verandas and stunning ocean views. Although this is not an all inclusive resort, rates are for full board and include all meals and most essentials for your stay.
Alternative Belize Snorkeling Resorts: Blackbird Caye Resort
If you’d like to be located closer to Belize city, another 5* resort we love is Blackbird Caye Resort, located on Turneffe Atoll. If you’re looking for Belize all inclusive resorts snorkeling packages, you’ll love the snorkeling packages on offer here, which include twice daily guided snorkeling trips around Soldier Caye and other incredible spots.
Best Snorkeling Resorts in Belize
The small central American country of Belize offers some of the best resort for snorkeling in the Caribbean options – this gem of a country is home to the Belize barrier reef, one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the world, not to mention friendly locals, world-class Belize snorkeling resorts, and it’s also one of the safest countries in central America to visit.
The best time to visit to enjoy the best snorkeling in Belize is between November – May (dry season) for the best water visibility, although it is possible to visit year round.