One of the best things about snorkeling is its accessibility to every traveler—unlike scuba diving, you don’t need any special certification other than the ability to swim (reasonably) well. To celebrate our beach-ready summer mindset, we’ve rounded up six of the best destinations to snorkel in the Inspirato portfolio. (Plus, all the international destinations are open to Americans.)
Grenada, West Indies
The reefs surrounding the Island of Spices should be on any snorkeler’s bucket list—the best spots are along the sheltered waters near Grenada’s southwestern tip. It’s also the home of the world’s first underwater sculpture park: you’ll want an underwater camera or waterproof phone case to capture the extraordinary art.
Florida Keys, Florida
Home to the only living coral reef in the U.S., the Florida Keys are one of the best domestic locations to snorkel. Though the water won’t be as crystal-clear as, say, a true Caribbean destination, you’ll still spot colorful fish darting among the reefs; one of the best spots is Dry Tortugas National Park, only accessible via boat or plane and about a 2-hour boat ride west of Key West.
The island of Maui is home to a rich array of wildlife and some of the Honolua Bay and Molokini Crater are some of the best spots on the island to snorkel. The latter, a crescent-shaped volcanic atoll off the island’s west coast, is teeming with sea life, thanks to the protection it offers from the open ocean. Staying in Wailea will put you in close proximity to it.
This quintessential island paradise offers pristine coral reefs, an explosion of color and a snorkeler’s delight just below the ocean’s surface. The aptly named Rainbow Reef, nestled between Fiji’s second- and third-largest islands, is one of the country’s most iconic snorkeling spots—tidal currents constantly washing over the reef provide the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and vibrant.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
With nearly perfect conditions and crystal-clear water year round, Grand Cayman is a snorkeler’s dream—the protected coves and shallow-water reefs that surround the island are full of sea life. In fact, one of the most popular attractions on the island is Stingray City, where you’ll have the chance to swim with these friendly, unique creatures.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
The protected waters just off Cancun’s Punta Nizuc are part of the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second largest and home to more than 100 different species of fish. NIZUC Resort & Spa, a flagship Inspirato hotel in Riviera Maya, is perfectly situated to offer access to the reef. (Could you tell by its name?) Plus, the waters are also home to the world’s largest underwater museum of art.