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.
I’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.
Anse Chastanet Resort, St. Lucia
Anse Chastanet Resort is set on not one, but two, of the best St Lucia snorkeling beaches. The Anse Chastanet house reef starts just 10m off the beach, making it the ultimate in easy access snorkeling on St Lucia. The second beach also owned by the resort is Anse Mamin which also has great snorkeling from the shore.
Anse Chastenet resort is a lovely resort which is high end – although not as high end as others on the island – and is a great place for water sports enthusiasts, snorkelers and nature lovers alike. There’s also a beautiful spa and various package options available if you’re looking for an all inclusive St Lucia snorkeling vacation.
The resort is set into the hill, meaning great views all around, and the resort is designed to make maximum benefit of the breeze – rooms are largely open and have fans but no air conditioning, and it feels a little like staying in a fancy tree house.
In addition to the snorkeling and diving on offer, kayaking, and sailing are also available. Nearby snorkeling spots that I suggest visiting include the Pitons and Trou Diable (Devil’s Hole), which are accessible by boat from Anse Chastanet.
Jade Mountain Resort
If you’re looking for a more high end resort, then Jade Mountain Resort has the advantage of being in the same location, just higher up the mountain with higher end accommodation. So from here you can still enjoy the best snorkeling St Lucia has to offer. Coined St Lucia’s most romantic resort, the infinity pool views and resort are simply stunning.
Best Snorkeling Resorts in St Lucia
St Lucia might be more famous for its indulgent super-luxury resorts, but it’s also home to some great snorkeling spots on its leeward side (west coast) too. St Lucia is a high-end destination to visit, but you’ll be glad to enjoy the stunning beaches and snorkeling here without the crowds.
The best snorkeling in St Lucia is located around Anse Chastanet Resort (reviewed below) and the Pitons. Sugar Beach snorkeling is also well known where the Viceroy hotel has a house reef, but it’s not as good as Anse Chastenet.
The best time to visit St Lucia for snorkeling is between December and May, however, olive ridley turtles come to Anse Chastenet beach to lay their eggs in July and August, so you definitely won’t want to miss that if you can!
Gallows Point, St. John, USVI
Located in Cruz Bay, Gallows Point is not one of the all inclusive resorts with snorkeling from the beach in this list, however it does offer a great place to stay that’s an easy drive to many of the best snorkeling spots on the north of the island: Trunk Bay, Jumbie Bay and Cinnamon Bay among many others.
Alternatively, to explore more of the best snorkeling in St John, USVI, you can organise snorkeling trips by boat through Gallows Point resort, or take part in some of the many other activities they have on offer here, including island hopping and hiking in the Virgin Islands national park which covers over half of St John, which is one of the reasons St John is one of my favorite islands to visit for snorkeling.
The resort itself offers stunning views of the bay, newly renovated oceanfront villas, an ocean front pool and fine dining. You’re just a short stroll into Cruz Bay meaning you have easy access to the town for alternative entertainment and eating out, too, or to take the ferry to St Thomas. One thing to note is that the beach here is rocky, so if having a white sand beach is important to you, you may prefer to consider St Thomas (below) or the vacation rental options below.
Alternatives Snorkeling Accommodation in St. John, VI
If you’re looking to be closer to the best beaches for snorkeling on st John, why not consider one of these villa rentals along north shore beaches?
Best Snorkeling Resorts in St John (USVI)
Another of the best Caribbean island for snorkeling contenders, St John, US Virgin Islands is arguably home to some of the best snorkeling beaches in Caribbean waters. If you’re wondering which US Virgin Island has the best snorkeling, then I suggest you take a look at St John.
The best snorkeling in St John can be found in the north west of the island, a short drive north from Cruz Bay. There are no resorts located in this part of the island so I recommend staying in Cruz bay, or you can look for vacation rentals closer to some of the best snorkeling spots in Caribbean (see below).
The best time to visit St John for snorkeling is between December and June, when hurricane season starts.