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how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

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how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

anything to see in the water? can you see in the water?

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1. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

It has been said that snorkling is not the main thing in Costa Rica. Way too many rivers and way too much rain so the water is often murky. Pacific side is also very rarely calm enough for trouble free snorkling. You can do it, of course, but ask locals first since there might be riptides or strong currents. Never snorkel alone.

Since you have posted same question before, and receiving no answers, that should be a warning sign for you. Most of the Pacific coast has dark yellow to dark grey color of sand which does not reflect sunlight well and therefore makes fish and other sea life harder to notice. Unless they are big enough. But you do not want to read about those ones.

Costa Rica
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2. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

There are quite a few snorkeling trips out of Pacific beaches such as Playas del Coco, Tamarindo or Playa Flamingo. The Sea Bird and Marlin del Rey are two of these. It is better to go a bit offshore which will help you get away from river runoff. The boat operators know where to take you for the best - and safest - snorkeling.

While you won't see the artful display of coral reefs or the many-colored fish, you will see fish of all kinds, rays, sharks, dolphins, turtles, etc.

Playa Conchal...
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3. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

Sailing trips are the way to go - depending which boat you choose, you can kayak, fish, explore the beach, as well as snorkel.

Costa Rica
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4. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

Yes, there is a lot to see in the water here! I hear several guests of ours say that they have been to the Caribbean and experienced 100 ft visibility, but have never seen the abundance of fish and sea life that they see here.

We do sailing and snorkeling tours here and have taken hundreds of photos using different cameras over the years. The underwater photos in this album were taken with a GoPro (which in my opinion are not as great a quality as my canon) but you can see the sea life! There are spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, king angle fish, spade fish, sea stars, and others in this one album from one excursion; https:/…2012121002

Here is the link for the entire collection of photos so you can see what the Golfo de Papagayo looks like above and below water from month to month over the past few years. https://picasaweb.google.com/SeaBirdCR

There is no rain in Guanacaste, at least in this area, at this time of year. Last year the first rain was in April and the year before the first rain was in May. Even when the rainy season is here, we still have awesome snorkeling and scuba diving. The mornings are the best time to do these activities because the sun is usually shining bright in the mornings and it's typically the afternoons that get a rain shower or two. The rain can come and go very quickly, making for beautiful rainbows and breathtaking sunsets.

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5. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

Seabird or Marlyn del Rey,

But also you can contact Rich coast Diving in Coco

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6. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

Terrible snorkeling.... Just returned from a week long trip. We stayed near coco beach. I have snorkeled and dove in many areas around the world. There were a lot of jellyfish and some other kind of organism that gave me a real good sting...and the dive boat did not have any vinegar on board...Skip the snorkeling and spend more time taking trips to other great areas for sight seeing and adventures... If you do decide to snorkel... Go to the supermarket and buy a bottle of vinegar in a plastic bottle and keep it with you.....let it warm in the sun... Or wear a thin skin wet suit....

Edited: 6:40 pm, March 04, 2013
Costa Rica
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7. Re: how is the snorkeling in the gulf?

Sorry about your bad experience, BarnicleBrad.

I personally have had hundreds of awesome experiences snorkeling and scuba diving here. And we do keep vinegar on the boat for stings (and for cleaning the windows!) but we rarely have to use it. You must have gotten lucky!

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