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snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

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snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

We are hoping to do some snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton when we visit there at the end of June. Can someone please tell me if one can walk to the Horseshoe Bay and Church Bay beaches from this hotel? Also, does anyone know if it's possible to just rent fins for your feet if you bring your own mask and snorkel? Thanks!

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1. Re: snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

HORSESHOE BAY is immediately adjacent to the FAIRMONT HOTELS' private beach club. There is a path through the tress, across to the Horseshoe Bay parking lot, to the Horseshoe Bay beach entrance concession building. The walking distance from shuttle/trolley stop to the edge of the beach is approximately 150 yards. You should be able to rent fins here.

The best snorkeling at HORSESHOE BAY will be around the rocks at the western/entrance-end (to your right as you face the ocean) of the beach. The one area you should AVOID for snorkeling at Horseshoe Bay is around the large PEEL ROCK, which forms the eastern-end (to your left as you face the ocean) of Horseshoe Bay. This area around Peel Rock has a long and well-deserved 'reputation' for developing sudden '..rip currents..'. The western/entrance end is okay.

I suppose it's possible to walk from the Fairmont Southampton Hotel to Church Bay...if you're up for a 1 1/2 mile walk/hike ?? Otherwise you can more quickly and easily take a #7 bus (heading in the direction of Dockyard) from the regular bus stop, at the entrance drive to the FSH on the South Road, for the few minute (5 mins ??) bus ride to CHURCH BAY.

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2. Re: snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

Thanks, KDKSail!

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3. Re: snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

You can also rent fins from the concessionaire located above the beach at CHURCH BAY.

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4. Re: snorkeling near the Fairmont Southampton

Church Bay has the best snorkelling and supplies if needed.

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I agree. Had better time snorkeling at Horseshoe bay than diving with Blue Water Divers. Stay away from them, they have snorkel tours as well. Don't miss the bus if you go that route. Only one runs through there and it is a $50 cab ride back to the dockyard yard if that is where you are from

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