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Snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, from Rocky Point Mexico

Snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, from Rocky Point Mexico

There is a lot of good snorkeling in and around Puerto Penasco. Keep reading to know where and why practicing snorkel in the Sea of Cortez is a good idea.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable snorkeling experience, look no further than the Sea of Cortez in Rocky Point, Mexico! Just a few hours away from Arizona, this paradise provides some of the most stunning views and diverse wildlife in all of Mexico. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, the Sea of Cortez has something to offer everyone. Let’s explore why this is one of the best spots for snorkeling in the world!

Best place to snorkel in the Sea of Cortez

When the tide is in you can go out to Cholla Bay and snorkel in the bay in front of JJ’s or at Tucson Beach.

Another great place is on Sandy Beach in front of the condos. You can see octopuses on the rocks as well as several other species of small fish. In the Mirador area, go out in front of Playa Del Oro and you will have 100’s Sargent Majors swimming in between your legs. IN front of Manny’s Beach Club is another great area for this activity. There is also great snorkeling at the mouth of the 1st and 2nd estuary, but you need to keep an eye on the tide swings.

Visiting Bird Island

Many like to go out with the Eco Fun to Bird Island to snorkel and get up close and personal with the Sea Lions that call the island home. Bird Island is also a great place to go diving. Lear more about this unique place in the following article: Bird Island in Rocky Point: Fun under the Sea of Cortez.

The clarity of the water in the Sea of Cortez is what makes it ideal for snorkeling. Make sure when you are doing this activity that you put a dive flag up as you will be sharing the water with the Banana Boats that leave and return with riders in the shallow water. The best months for this are the summer months when the water is warm.

Safety First

If you’ve never been snorkeling before or if it’s been a while since your last time out on the water then fear not! Safety is always a top priority at Rocky Point and they take extra precautions to ensure that all their guests are safe while enjoying their adventure. They provide life jackets and wetsuits so that everyone can stay comfortable and safe in the water. They also have knowledgeable guides who will be with you every step of the way to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. Bring your own equipment or you can rent it at the Dive Shop in town as well as the Sonoran Sun. You are sure to have enjoyable days exploring the waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Fun For Everyone

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, there’s something for everyone on this trip! For beginners, there are plenty of shallow areas with sandy beaches where you can practice your skills before heading further out into deeper waters. And for experienced divers, there are plenty of challenging dives such as drift diving and cave diving available as well. So don’t worry about feeling left out—there truly is something for everyone here at Rocky Point!

Snorkel in the sea of cortez
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Top 5 reasons why to snorkel in the Sea of Cortez

  1. Rocky Point is a beautiful place to visit, and the Sea of Cortez is a snorkeler’s paradise.
  2. There are many different types of fish and coral to see in the sea, and it’s teeming with marine life.
  3. The water is crystal clear and the weather is usually perfect for snorkeling.
  4. You can rent all the gear you need right on the beach, or bring your own.
  5. It’s a fun activity for people of all ages, so bring your whole family along!



It’s easy to see why Rocky Point is one of Arizona’s favorite destinations for snorkeling—the views here are simply breathtaking and the wildlife is truly unique. Plus with all the safety precautions they have in place and activities available for all levels, you can rest assured knowing that your adventure in paradise will be both exciting and safe. So grab your friends or family members and head to Rocky Point today—you won’t regret it!

If you want to get more fun, you can visit our Rocky Point Mexico activity recommendations here: Water activities in Puerto Penasco.