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(Porkbelly) Welcome to part 3 of our Puerto Rico adventure. On this particular day we went to the Island of Culebra. It is a small island off of the Puerto Rican mainland. The island is only 11.6 Square Miles around and can only be reached by Ferry from Fajardo. The ferry situation is a bit of a mess since priority goes to the locals and everything is done in Island time. the tickets are notoriously hard to get. There is a limited amount of tickets for the ferry and if they are sold out and there is no more ferries for the day… We were prepared and bought tickets online in advance (http://culebraferry.com/). The Ferry ride was smooth and took around a hour and a half. Upon arrival we met up with our tour guide from Kayaking Puerto Rico.
Kayaking Puerto Rico was extremely professional, friendly, and organized. They packed us into a tour bus and took us to Tamarindo Beach. Our objective at Tamarindo Beach was to snorkel, this beach happens to be one of the few beaches in the world you can snorkel with sea turtles, they don’t use bait to lure them into bay like some other places in the world, it is completely natural. After arriving at the beach we received our snorkeling equipment and flippers, they even had us wash our goggles out with baby shampoo to prevent fogging. We first snorkeled around the shore and then we got on our kayaks and kayaked to another area. This area had more coral and most importantly, turtles! Bunny was super excited to see turtles. There was other interesting wildlife in this area, such as fish, stingrays, and starfish. they also take a lot pictures for you which you can download later online. (some of the pictures we used are taken by them). After we were done with this area we kayaked back to the shore and hopped on the tour bus to Flamenco Beach.
At Flamenco beach they were a few stalls selling food. We were famished from snorkeling and kayaking, so we bought a few Empanandas, Garlic Shrimp and Tostones, and their local fried fish. The empanadas were packed with flavor, we went for the Crab and Beef. The Garlic Shrimp and Tostones was hearty, filling, and did not disappoint. The local fish(sorry can’t remember the name) was perfect and tender, much better than what we had in the Peurto Rican Mainland. We washed everything down with a Piña Colada and a ice cold beer, perfect for this particularly hot day. There were stray cats all over the place, and wild chickens running around. It was like being at the cat cafe in Beijing.
after lunch, we spent the most of the day hanging out at Flamenco beach until it was time to go back. Flamenco beach is rated one of the top 25 beaches in the world rated by TripAdvisor. The beach had more waves than the other spot we were at earlier, and can catch you off guard if you aren’t careful.
We took the ferry back to the mainland. We kept changing seats because the air-conditioning was blasting cold air at certain seats in the Ferry. We had to change seats a few times, there weren’t many free seats available. After we arrived at the dock we got into our rental car and headed straight to the Bio Bay. We weren’t sure if we could even get a ride with a tour company in the bio bay since this was last minute and every tour company we called was sold out. Some girl in our snorkeling tour group earlier told us this was a ONCE IN A LIFE OPPORTUNITY, and YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. If you want to learn more about the Bio Bay watch this video…
We went to every tour group in the area to see if they had space in their kayaking group into the Bio Bay. Unfortunately everyone was sold out, this is something you have to book way in advance. Luckily we found a group that ventures into the bay via a motorized small boat. No need to kayak ourselves into the extremely dark and dense mangroves, especially after Kayaking earlier. They told us to wait for a bit, so we went around to try food. We bought some skewers from a man nearby. He was extremely nice, like most people we met in Puerto Rico and even let me try my hand at cooking skewers. The skewers were very good, bunny wanted more skewers but we had to catch our boat into the Bio Bay. The Bio Bay was pretty cool, basically anytime the water is agitated it glows blue. The area is pitch black so you can see every star in the sky. They told us when it rains the effect is absolutely mesmerizing. After the Bio Bay experience I was hungry so we decided to hit up the restaurant nearby.
At the restaurant we ate paella and fish with red beans and rice. We thought the restaurant was okay, nothing too memorable….. With that being said, this marks the end of our Puerto Rico series. All we did on the next day was visit the Bacardi Factory, which in my opinion wasn’t anything special and got on a plane and flew home.