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Tres Palmas Marine Reserve

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Rincon, Puerto Rico
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Where we spend ALL our time with our students

The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve is our home reef and backyard at Isla Mar Research Expeditions. This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Isla Mar R
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Rincon, Puerto Rico
Beautiful Reserve in the middle of a cow pasture.....

This is actually Steps Beach, where a coral reef comes right up to the shore. If you plan to... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
sbs_travels
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West Palm Beach
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve is our home reef and backyard at Isla Mar Research Expeditions. This place is fully alive with corals and fish, perfect for snorkeling and diving. We teach all our scientific data collection skills to our students here. And if you're...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is actually Steps Beach, where a coral reef comes right up to the shore. If you plan to snorkel do it btw 6am - noon as the surf comes up starting about noon making it very rough for snorkeling. Lots of shells and coral...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Friend and I went in mid-Feb. We tried snorkeling but it was very rocky to enter/exit. Once in the water we didn't see any coral or sea life, but we might not have been in the right spot. The beach is good for lounging under...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

On a Sunday morn, we swam and checked out the fish in fairly calm waters. Nice blend of some waves, some fish, some rock, some sand, some shade, people but not too many.

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

I have been here hundreds of times. I was raised about two miles from the reserve and use to go snorkeling almost every weekend. This is the place to snorkle in Rincon. If you are brave enough just keep swiming until you reach... The Abyss

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

In this little alcove, Tres Palmas shelters a pristine reef only feet from the shore. In the summer, seas are calm & the waves are quiet (or nonexistent). Colorful schools of fish can be seen swimming among massive elkhorn coral. All you need is a...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

It is absolutely true that Rte 413 in Rincon is the Road to Happiness! Here you will find Tres Palmas, just one of the marvelous beaches in western Puerto Rico.

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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

It was excellent, such a nice place and so clean. It has spots were you can place your things away from the sun. Honestly a must go on your list!!

Thank Arelys C
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

There is an excellent reef with a lot of wildlife that can be easily reached from the beach. There is also a nice little restaurant on the shore.

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We rented fins from Tainos,talked with a guy there that was really cool.He said that about five turtles frequent tres Palmas which I was told starts at the boat ramp right down the road from tainos and goes north for a while past step beach.we...More

1  Thank Jeff R
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Steve M
9 April 2015|
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Response from Tom Z | Reviewed this property |
It is about a 5-8 minute drive. You need to go up the road on the south-side of Puntas (past the Red Flamboyant Restaurant). Then, make a right on 413. Follow the road down the winding hill. Tres Palmas will visible be on... More
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Nancy F
20 March 2015|
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Response from Jesse F | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not for beginners most times. Especially not in Winter months, the surf and currents are too strong for beginners.
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