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Smith's Reef

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Can it get any better than this?

Can snorkeling get any better than this? Smith's Reef, literally steps off Grace Bay Beach on the north shore of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos -- one word, unbelievable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Can snorkeling get any better than this? Smith's Reef, literally steps off Grace Bay Beach on the north shore of Providenciales in Turks & Caicos -- one word, unbelievable! Generally shallow water with low waves...very easy to float and swim and enjoy first-hand adventure with a plethora of tropical sea-life. We saw lobsters, starfish, a variety of tropical fish (including... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I love to snorkel, but I will admit to being a little tentative about Smith's reef. It is much wilder than the tamer Bight Reef. We parked in a sandy cleared bit of ground and walked toward the water, but there is was little to guide us except an old map showing both reef and plant life. When I saw... More 

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Alpine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited this amazing reef on two separate days. Both times were unbelievable snorkeling experiences. It's hard to believe that such an array of fish and plant life could be so close to the beach. We nearly missed the best of the reef until a local pointed us to three wood poles standing vertically in the sand. He told us... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Walk onto the beach via access points near Turtle Cove. Look at the map on the sign or look for an online map. There are five reefs,separated by sea grass. We walked down away from our Turtle Cove Access point so we could find the first reef then go with tide to the last reef. Honestly it is not easy... More 

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Houma, Louisiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Snorkeling was great here walk right off the beach and the reef was about 25 yards off the beach with good fish life. Easy for kids and adults to snorkel and water was fantastic!

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Sea can get choppy and you may find yourself crossing the boat channel to get to the good stuff. Murrays, rays, pretty queen angels, turtles. Further from shore than coral gardens and deeper but beautiful. Good for intermediate or above snorkellers

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Smith's Reef is not crowded like some of the other snorkeling sites, is easily accessible by walking out from the beach (once you find it!), and does not get the surface water disturbance from heavier boat traffic or persistent winds (more protected). The coral is beautiful with some tall and feathery species that I have not seen in many other... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Wonderful snorkeling right off the beach. We stayed in a house right on the beach in front of Smith's reef. It was so cool to be able to walk right out the door and hit the reef. Eagle rays, turtles, barracuda, tropical fish....we saw it all!! Even saw a 7 foot nurse shark....that was quite an experience...my 10 year old... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Beautiful snorkeling that you can swim to from the beach, but difficult to find. I was exhausted from looking by the time I found the reef areas.

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I stayed at Beaches resort which is about an hour walk from the reef, so we took a cab. We went down coconut road to the end of it and he stopped in the parking lot to let us out. We saw a sign before going down that pointed out the areas that were reef and the parts that were... More 

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