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Best Latin American/ Caribbean Spot for January?

Discussion in 'South America' started by Pat Sharman, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. Pat Sharman

    Pat Sharman Angel Fish

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    Bit of a broad question for this forum, but there doesn't seem to be a "Latin America" forum here...

    Some friends and I will be celebrating a friend's birthday in Mexico in January. We'll be at a resort for a week, and some of us are looking to break off after that and go do some diving. What's the best spot around that time of year in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, or the northern part of South America?

    I've already been to Cozumel and the Corn Islands, and am looking to dive somewhere new with a guide, in warm water, and with lots of sea life!

    Any tips much appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2017
  2. Norwegian Cave Diver

    Norwegian Cave Diver Barracuda

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    We have two weeks booked in Roatan for January. Expecting it to be great diving.
     
  3. Salt

    Salt Nassau Grouper

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    Utila, Roatan, Belize are all good. Caribbean side. Warm water, good visibility.

    Costa Rica (on the Pacific side) has a chance for bigger animals. But colder and vis not as good.

    In Panama on the Pacific side there is a marine park called Coiba, which is supposed to be quite good.
     
  4. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tacoma, WA & Channel Islands, CA- USA
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    Based on what you have said, I would strongly consider Belize or the Bay Islands of Honduras (Roatan, Utila, Guanaja). From what part of Mexico will you be traveling from after the birthday gathering? That may have some bearing on your dive destination. Grand Cayman or Cuba might also be considerations.
     
  5. Pat Sharman

    Pat Sharman Angel Fish

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    We will be in Playa Del Carmen. I'm toying with the idea of Turks and/or the Bahamas from there instead, but the aftermath of these hurricanes has me worried...
     
  6. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That would have me concerned as well. There are direct flights to Belize City and Havana, Cuba from Cancun.
     

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