DAY 3: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The next morning, we left early to drive to Fajardo, on the east side of the island, for a Culebra Snokeling Tour with East Island Excursions.
After an hour, we arrived at the Marina Puerto Del Rey.
We got checked in and fitted for flippers.
Pretty soon, we headed out to Culebra Island!
The waves were pretty choppy because we were driving into the current. Unfortunately, I got sick to my stomach… I’ll spare you the details. :S
After 45 minutes or so, we arrived at the snorkeling spot.
Paul and Brian ventured out for snorkeling. I decided to let my stomach finish settling. In the meantime, I enjoyed a sandwich and some side dishes for lunch.
I soon felt much better, and was able to venture out for some snorkeling myself, too. It was the first time Paul and I have ever snorkeled. It was wonderful. We saw so many cool, colorful tropical fish!
Went spent about an hour-and-a-half at this spot before relocating to the beautiful Flamenco Beach. Travel magazines usually include Flamenco Beach as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Can you see why? The turquoise water and the fine, white sand was incredible.
We swam from our catamaran boat to the shore…
…and went for a walk along the gorgeous beach.
On our walk, we happened across this rusty tank stranded in the beach. Later research revealed that these tanks were brought to the island just before World War II, when “the US Navy used the picturesque island to test out their soldiers and their bombs” (source). In the early 1970s, the small popular of residents began protesting for the military to leave the island. Four years later, the Navy evacuated the island, ceasing all testing, but leaving behind a number of these tanks.
It was so pleasant on the beach, and the weather was perfect.
We spent close to two hours here.
And then headed back.
After driving back our apartment in Ocean Park, we settled on a place to go to dinner: Jose Enrique. This is a great place to go if you are a foodie. The chef sure knows what he is doing.
This was probably the best meal we had in Puerto Rico. We ate every last crumb.
Stay tuned for Day 4!