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Costa Rica Snorkeling

Costa Rica means “rich coast” in Spanish and with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, there is no lack of coastline in this small country. Variable conditions can make snorkeling in Costa Rica a tricky proposition despite the abundance of accessible waterfront. One of the best bets for Costa Rica snorkeling can be found in the reefs off of the Manzanillo beaches. This area contains a number of cove beaches that can only be reached by boat. Several companies offer a number of 2-4 hour outings for around US$25 without lunch. It is possible to snorkel from the beach or from the charter boat, depending on your preference. Unlike much of the snorkeling in Costa Rica, the visibility on the reefs off of Manzanillo is usually good. The coral life in these reefs is well formed thanks to the protection of the bay. Elk horn coral, fire coral, brain coral and sea fans provide a colorful home to blue tangs, snappers, jack fish, spiny lobsters and a myriad of other sea life. A rare treat that makes this Costa Rica snorkeling adventure really stand out is the chance to see the giant sleeping parrotfish in a night dive off of Playa Perla.

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