OK, so I've gathered that snorkeling at West Bay Beach is legendary, and that I can probably rent some gear at the Raotan Marine Park Eco Store. However, I've read that the resorts have taken over the beach area and that we have to pay a fee to snorkel in front of them.
We're arriving on a cruise ship, and just want to get out to a nice spot without spending most of the morning figuring it out. So, my questions are these:
1-Should we just take a cab to the Eco Store when we step off the ship? Can we walk to the beach from there?
2-Are there open beach areas on the southern end of West Bay where we don't have to worry about snorkeling in front of the big resorts?
3-I hear that area can be pretty touristy. Are there mobs of people in the public areas?
4-Should we worry about our stuff (watches, camera, money) getting stolen while we're in the water?
Thanks for the advice!