Costa Rica’s Pacific coastlines are teeming with exotic marine life. Just a boat ride to nearby underwater volcanic rock formations and coral reefs, awaiting close observation are numerous tropical fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, angel fish, sea horses, needlefish, starfish, frog fish, eels and sometimes octopus, rays or turtles. With your snorkeling equipment follow the colorful schools of fish as they swim hurriedly by, or just float along and see where sea creatures make their way under your gaze.

Snorkeling in Costa Rica’s crystal clear waters has an average visibility of 30 to 50 feet or more, especially in the dry season (mid-December to April). The water temperature may fluctuate depending on currents and depth, but the average sea temperature is between 24 & 29 degrees Centigrade (75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit).

Keep in mind when snorkeling in Costa Rica, that the country is located very close to the equator and the sun reflecting off the water will burn your skin! Wear t-shirt or nylon shirt, a hat and slather a thick layer of waterproof sports sunscreen (SPF 30 or 100) to protect your skin!