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“Great for snorkeling”

Garrafon de Castilla
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Read about this place on trip advisor and decided it was much more our style than the expensive Garrafon Park next door. The admission is still 50 pesos and gets you use of the chairs, outdoor rinsing shower and restrooms. You can also rent gear (we had our own) and buy drinks and food. Since we're sun averse, we were thrilled to find loungers in the shade. The place is not fancy, but it is authentic.

You can enter the water at the beach or off a ladder--much easier since the bottom is a bit rough at the beach. If you arrive early, you can swim next to the Garrafon reef next door and hopefully catch sight of the huge parrot fish and other denizens of the sea. Once the park gets busy, the guards will require you to be wearing one of their life jackets and will order you out of the area considered their property between the two ropes (apparently it's not a free ocean). On the landside of the closest rope is the reef--it is too shallow to swim over so the ropes are meant to keep you out.

Once the guards came out and ordered us out, we swam along the outside rope around the park and enjoyed some snorkeling on the far side of the park near the shore. There were more huge parrot fish there as well as a ray and tons of other fish. Unfortunately, there is really no way to enter the water there and it is a long swim.

Considering that the reef is roped off and the fish don't always venture out, I felt like we saw just as many at the Garrafon del Castillo area as we saw in the Garrafon park area. So, if you just want to snorkel, save your money and go to Garrafon del Castilla instead of Garrafon Reef Park.

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

Came here to do some snorkeling and was very pleased. But I must say that the snorkeling in front of the Fenix Restaurant and Avalon Hotel is just as good and free!

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We came here for a few hours of snorkeling for the kids and a little relaxing. It was easy to find, the set-up was comfortable and not too crowded, and there were lots of fish. We also had drinks and snacks by the water which were good. For such a great price, it's a nice afternoon.

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Reviewed February 7, 2014

This is a very inexpensive way to access the natural reef at Garrafon. (50 pesos) You can also rent fins snorkel and mask. It is the classic Mexican budget place. It is a little tired and run-down, but It is "real Mexico". For 50 pesos, you cannot complain!

2  Thank Brian664
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We really enjoy this beach for hanging at for a day. It is a bargain. No one ever mentions this, but it has the best flowers and iguanas on Isla...and there is a banana tree near the hotel...very cool.

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