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Embark on an aquatic adventure like never before as we unveil the hidden gems of snorkeling in the United States. From the sun-soaked shores of Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, where coral reefs surround a historic fortress, to the freshwater paradise of Apostle Islands in Wisconsin (yes, Wisconsin!), join us as we share these lesser-known snorkeling havens, where crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and secluded underwater wonders await. Let’s dive in (pun intended!) and explore the beauty that lies beneath the surface in these extraordinary locations.
What Makes it Special: Explore the pristine coral reefs surrounding Fort Jefferson, an impressive 19th-century fortress in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.
Top Snorkeling Spot: Discover vibrant coral formations and an abundance of marine life just off the shores of Garden Key.
Accommodations: Camping on Garden Key is a fully immersive experience, but not for the faint of heart. There’s not much shade, but the sunsets, snorkeling, and stargazing make this a highly memorable experience.
Want to learn more about Dry Tortugas National Park? Read our recent article all about it by clicking here.
What Makes it Special: Dive into the underwater world of giant kelp forests, teeming with diverse marine species and crystal-clear waters.
Top Snorkeling Spot: Explore sea caves and kelp forests around Anacapa Island for a mesmerizing snorkeling adventure.
Accommodations: The islands are only accessible by Island Packers or private boats, and our recommendation is to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, which is located just across from Island Packers Cruises. In addition to the proximity to the concessionaire boats, you’ll find some great local restaurants, as well.
What Makes it Special: Experience freshwater snorkeling in the clear waters of Lake Superior, surrounded by sea caves and unique rock formations.
Top Snorkeling Spot: Snorkel around Devil’s Island Sea Caves, observing underwater rock formations and the lake’s diverse ecosystem.
Accommodations: Hauser’s Bayfield Cabin is located 20 minutes from Apostle Island Cruises, which is how you can access the Apostle Islands without a kayak. This charming cabin is a hidden gem in and of itself, allowing you to unwind amid breathtaking landscapes. From the comfort of the cabin, you can easily access the freshwater wonders for which the Apostle Islands are renowned.
What Makes it Special: Escape to the Caribbean and discover a protected marine paradise with colorful coral reefs and a variety of tropical fish.
Top Snorkeling Spot: Follow the marked underwater trail for an immersive snorkeling experience, encountering vibrant marine life.
Accommodations: Stay on the nearby St. Croix and take day trips to Buck Island.
What Makes it Special: Enjoy secluded snorkeling along the Gulf of Mexico, with miles of pristine coastline and diverse underwater ecosystems.
Top Snorkeling Spot: Snorkel around the remote areas of Little Shell and Big Shell Beaches, encountering marine life and discovering submerged treasures.
So which one of these awe-inspiring snorkeling locations is calling you? Each destination is a testament to the diverse underwater landscapes waiting to be explored. Uncover the secrets of these underwater worlds and create memories that will linger long after the snorkel masks are set aside.
January 20, 2024