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Tres Palmas Marine Reserve

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All you need is a blanket or towel - no need to bring chairs nor umbrellas Snorkeling is awesome No need for fins just a good mask You can rent them there Go early in the morning After 1 pm it’s impossible to swim Food...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Momwithlittleguys
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

We have snorkeled all over the Caribbean and this is the first time I saw bright green brain coral. Spectacular. So many schools of fish-saw 100 blue Tangs in 1 school and another 100 goatfish in another. Hogfish, snapper, lobster, starfish. Visibility was excellent. Depth...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Judi J
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

Pretty relaxing to walk across all the beaches that are included in this so-called reserve. Lots of sea glass and seashells. Although you can't collect because of reserve rules. I recommend this place to everybody.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank asaltares
Reviewed December 8, 2018

Paddled out to Tres Palmas from Rincon Paddle Boards and snorkeled off the board. Wow! So much beautiful sea life and interesting coral structures. A must if you're visiting Rincon.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MJ G
Reviewed August 20, 2018

You can easily walk into the water where it is sandy at this beach to go snorkeling. The coral reef is right up by the shore and you don't have to swim out very far to see many types of marine life. The water was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank harmstoo
Reviewed July 5, 2018

I didn't expect this to be as good of a snorkeling spot as it was. We visited late June and saw many species of fish. You can rent snorkel& mask for $10 for the day. Skip the flipper fins, you don't need them and it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

Not as great as it looked online! Most of the houses need repair and they clean the minimal. Close to lots of sights.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank caribbeanchriss
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Aneudy has taken this spot over with opportunity ! Food ; snorkel rental / paddle boards etc - This hot spot offers all to have fun - view is outstanding - and the reef is the snorkelling opportunity . Location of the 1967 Surfing World...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank PlanetRincon
Reviewed March 27, 2018

The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve is our home reef and backyard at Isla Mar Research Expeditions. This place is fully alive with corals and fish, perfect for snorkeling and diving. We teach all our scientific data collection skills to our students here. And if you're...More

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank Isla Mar R
Reviewed March 11, 2018

This is actually Steps Beach, where a coral reef comes right up to the shore. If you plan to snorkel do it btw 6am - noon as the surf comes up starting about noon making it very rough for snorkeling. Lots of shells and coral...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Steve M
April 8, 2015|
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Response from Tom Z | Reviewed this property |
It is about a 5-8 minute drive. You need to go up the road on the south-side of Puntas (past the Red Flamboyant Restaurant). Then, make a right on 413. Follow the road down the winding hill. Tres Palmas will visible be on... More
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Nancy F
March 19, 2015|
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Response from Jesse F | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not for beginners most times. Especially not in Winter months, the surf and currents are too strong for beginners.
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