Does the ocean deepen gradually off the beaches or is there sandbars that keep it shallow? Does it drop off on the outer edge of the sandbars or still go gradual? This may sound like a dumb question but if the water is not very clear as I have read that it is not in August, when we will be there, I don't want to step off and go under! I'm not a good swimmer so I like to be waist deep at best! Also if we had a snorkel mask would you be able to just stick your face in the water and see the bottom or will the water not be clear enough? (want to look for those shells!!) Thanks for any answers anyone can give. Really looking forward to Aug 3rd when we arrive!