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Smith's Reef

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Address: near Turtle Cove Marina

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Beach snorkeling

This less crowded reef is right off the beach so you can access it without a boat trip. It is a bit hard to find. One time we started on the east side where the reef is quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
traveling_smiles
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Longmont, Colorado

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Longmont, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This less crowded reef is right off the beach so you can access it without a boat trip. It is a bit hard to find. One time we started on the east side where the reef is quite close to the sand. This would be a good place to help a child snorkel but it was too choppy on our... More 

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San Diego, California, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

this is a less popular reef than Bight's Reef, and the Reef is just as amazing as the Bight Reef. Lots of fish and fresh coral, as well as old healthy coral. Good place for snorkeling.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Beautiful reef! You have to swim out a bit in order to see the big nice Reef. Beware of Barracudas and sharks but they usually leave you alone... Highly recommend!

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Dickinson, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

If you are staying in the resort area of Grace Bay you will have to drive or take a taxi to the Turtle Cove area to access Smith's Reef. We took a taxi and it was $40 round trip for two people. Once you arrive at Smith's reef you will need to walk along the beach until you see the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are staying at Sea Edge Villas and have been exploring the reef each day. Yesterday I attempted to go out in the morning but had difficulty because of the bigger waves. It was nice that there is part of the reef by the shore that I was able to explore. Later in the day we went... More 

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Fort Meade, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We visited Smith's Reef on a cloudy, rainy day. That affected visibility, but we still had a great time. There are three access points: one just off lower bight road, and two off Coconut Rd/Smith's Reef Rd (The same road, but it is called Smith's Reef Rd to the right and Coconut Rd to the left), one on either end.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

My husband and I have been snorkeling all over the Caribbean, however, this was definitely one of the healthier reefs we've seen. So much so we went three times. In comparison to bight reef, Smith's Reef sees MUCH less foot traffic. I'm guessing this is because it is slightly off the beaten path and you'd have to be fairly dedicated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

Had a taxis drop us off at the end of the road next to turtle cove, from there we went out to the beach and took a right down towards the house. There's where we found a small piece of shade and aet up there. You can walk out around the rocks on shore ( remember the TALL tower on... More 

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Stow, Ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

There are three beach access points to Smith's Reef. We would recommend going in at the West End entrance. The sign post there which says walk 300 yards down the beach is spot on dis trance wise. The reef is about 100 yards off shore directly opposite a two story wooden tower (which looks like it is there to give... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

This is a bit trickier to get to than Coral Gardens if you want to snorkel from the shore. The beach access is very rocky. The reef area is small but there are fish to see. There is boat traffic near there so be cautious. We enjoyed it.

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