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Boca Catalina

Address: Noord, Aruba
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Aruba Palm Pleasure Snorkel Adventure
94%
Ranked #11 of 147 things to do in Noord
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This beach is probably one of my favorite places ever. The location is great, there aren't too many people here like there was at the Marriott. Snorkeling was fantastic as well. Highly recommend!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Although we beach snorkelled a couple of other spots in Aruba, we came back to Boca Catalina a couple of times. That is why the snorkel tour boats anchor about 100 yards from shore.. Then the coral and fish are in between that.!!! It would have been nice to snorkel at the shipwreck offshore, but how can you beat parking... More 

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Bedford, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Aruba doesn't seem to have the same reefs of other Caribbean nations. They are not colorful and scattered about here and there, rather than being an entire section of ocean. You will see fish and have a nice swim, just nothing special.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Not much of a beach but a good area to snorkel in. There usually isn't many people around although sometimes the party boats are anchored just offshore with their snorkelers

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Houston, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

You'll know this a good spot because all the tourist boats come here to snorkel. Easy access to the water, fish immediately apparent & plentiful. You can walk out a long way, the snorkel only gets better. The water is clear, you'll see to the bottom without difficulty. You'll realize that you don't need to pay to enjoy & can... More 

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Austin, Texas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Don't pay for a trip here. Rent a car or take a taxi. Make sure to bring all your needs. Once your there walk a few hundred yards up road, hop in ocean and float back to where you were. Make sure your GoPro battery is full. Really good day, or 3 like us, for cheap. If you need snorkel... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The snorkeling was fun, but the beach can get a little crowded. We packed a cooler and our snorkels and made an afternoon of it. We saw a nice variety of fish and marine life. Definitely worth your time of you like to snorkel. However, if you only plan one day of snorkeling, check out my reviews on baby beach,... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I rode a bike from Fisherman's Huts to Boca Catalina for snorkeling and a picnic. I absolutely loved it! There are a few palapas next to the water, which are free, and a few chairs you can rent for about 5$ if the vendor is there. The reef is easily accessible through the little beach and there weren't many waves... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great place to relax on the beach and to enjoy snorkeling. the water is crystal clear!! In the afternoon the Jolly Pirate anchors close enough so you can watch everyone partying and using the rope swing. Was fun to watch everyone dancing and having a good time onboard.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We came here for snorkeling. We took a taxi here and the bus back instead of doing a boat snorkel excursion. (All the boats comes to this spot.) The snorkeling was excellent. There was also shade available for when you wanted to take and break and just relax. There are no vendors here so bring everything you need with you.... More 

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