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“Best snorkeling on the island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tres Palmas Marine Reserve

Tres Palmas Marine Reserve
Rincon, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Rincon
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Best snorkeling on the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We went to 5 different beaches when we visited Puerto Rico. This had the most beautiful aquatic life. We spent hours snorkeling at Steps Beach, which is a part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve. You can rent snorkel gear for $15-$20 for the day, or you can just buy your own and bring it with you.
There are not many people to disturb you as you swim about looking at fish. We saw corals and every color fish imaginable. The waves were a little active when we were there, but it didn't affect our snorkeling.

Con: The only downside is that you must be careful not to get bitten by ants in the shade! Most of the trees that line the shore have small fruit that falls onto the sand and begins to rot. The ants love this and congregate under the same shady spot under the trees that you would like to set up your chair under. We chose to drag our chairs into the sun rather than get bitten.

Visited August 2012
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Oceanside, California
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“Snorkel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Best snorkeling we found while in the area. Watch out for the reef when entering and exiting. Great orange coral.

Visited June 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great day of snorkling!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Me and my boyfriend had little trouble finding the place, but once there, we were surprised to see that this beach, for a sunday, was not crowdy... we walked left of the steps for about 200 f and installed our things... this is really a snorkling beach... we did 2 hours non stop... and could have continued again and again.... don't be scared to go far from the beach... the further you go the better it gets... I had the chance this day to see for the first time a sea turtle... it was magical. We had a wonderful day at the beach... it is a must!!!

Visited July 2012
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Carlsbad, California
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“Great beach with good coral and snorkling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Visited here with a beginner snorkler and had a wonderful time. Rent snorkle gear from a local man named Louis who apparently is there renting gear almost every day. It was $15 for the whole day and my wife and I had a great time. We were looking for a sea turtle that other people had seen that day but found some great reefs and many schools of fish. Great find that I would say is a must for anyone visiting Rincon

Visited July 2012
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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“Elkhorn Coral (not Stag Horn) !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

I just received a call from Phillipe Cousteau and have been lectures in the difference in stag horn coral and elk horn coral....Tres has ELK HORN coral - some of best in Caribe (so he claims)...

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