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Address: near Turtle Cove Marina

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Best Snorkel ! Right off the beach, free and no crowds.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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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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Sudbury, MAssachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Our entourage of 8 stayed at the Grace Bay Club and we snorkeled Smith's Reef 3 times during our stay (6/14-6/20/15). The reef system is actually 4 reefs (with many smaller clusters) separated by large expanses of sea grass. To get to Smith's Reef, it's best to rent a car (we rented a van one day and an SUV the... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was a wonderful reef to snorkel. Since I was staying near by, I snorkeled the reef at least once a day. The area has some rock formations, followed by grass or sandy bottom between the formations. I was lucky enough to spot 3 turtles, stingrays, an eagle ray, and a nurse shark. The best part of the reef is... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

For most budget conscious travelers over priced snorkel trips are usually a big waste of time and money. Why not experience one of the most spectacular coral reefs just off the beach! Smith's Reef is just that place where we spotted sea turtles, barracudas and dozen's of other brilliantly colored tropical fish. But the real treat was the amazing coral... More 

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Address: near Turtle Cove Marina
Location: Caribbean  >  Turks and Caicos

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