Summer is upon us, the kids are out of school, and you need a vacation! While a trip to the Maldives or the Great Barrier Reef sounds cool, it just is not feasible for most of us. Luckily, the east and west coast of the United States offer amazing snorkeling opportunities and I have narrowed down what I believe to be the very best for those on a budget.
The list consists of personal experiences, interviews with fellow snorkeler/divers, and online research. While places change over time, this list will cater to all ages, experience levels, and all budgets!
1. Florida Keys
Crystal clear…warm water…no flights required. The Florida Keys are a convenient and beautiful destination, hence why they have landed my number one spot. Whether it is the easy access, abundance of marine life, affordable resorts, or sheer number of things to see and do, I find the Keys to be the best snorkeling destination on the east coast. Now the real question becomes which Key to go to?
While the north and southern keys, Largo and West, are the most popular, I will say the areas near Islamorada offer the prettiest snorkeling areas. Continue reading