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Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico » Culebra December 14th 2009

Take the ferry from the port of Fajardo to the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico. It's only $2.50. What a great deal! The trip takes between one to one and 1/2 hours depending on the wind and waves.... read more

FERRY RIDE TO CULEBRA With one car, we have to make two trips every place. (*Note: Get two cars next time because you can’t be without a car on Puerto Rico. Little is within walking distance.) The first group left at 7:30 p.m., and Clint was back for us by 7:50 a.m. We ran into some traffic on the way there, and it took 15 minutes to arrive at the port. We met the rest of the group at the bakery a block from where the ferry docks. Jenny had bought us all muffins for breakfast. We were about out of food at the villa and didn’t have time to make a fourth grocery store stop. She had purchased our ferry tickets the night before for the 9 a.m. ferry to Culebra. We waited inside for ... read more
Waiting room
Culebra Ferry
Daddy and baby

The Christmas winds brought in some fabulous waves for bodysurfing on Flamenco Beach Dec. 14, 2009.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico » Culebra December 14th 2009

Flamenco Beach on the island of Culebra deserves its reputation as one of the prettiest beaches in the Caribbean, if not the world. Located between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, it's like walking into paradise.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico December 13th 2009

Today we took it easy. Our last three days in Puerto Rico will be packed, so I wanted to make sure the baby got her rest today. We slept in, woke up slowly and then headed for Seven Seas Beach. ABOUT SEVEN SEAS BEACH The beach is open daily between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with lifeguards on duty. Mondays and Tuesdays during September to March the beach is closed (no lifeguards/facilities, but you can still use the beach). The main entrance is through the parking lot (cost $4/day), but we went the way the locals do: through a missing piece of fence at the corner. From Route 3 in Fajardo, take Route 194. After you pass El Conquistador Resort, 194 becomes Route 987. Continue on 987 until you see Seven Seas Beach on your left. ... read more
Looking north
The beach
Writing in the sand

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico December 12th 2009

Hailed as one of the nicest beachest in Puerto Rico, Luquillo Beach is picture-perfect with tall, swaying palm trees and sugar-white sand. When you get hungry, head to one of the famous 50 Rum Shacks that line the beach on the west side. Beware the sand blowing in your face and clinging to everything when the Christmas winds come in December.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico December 12th 2009

Find a fantastic smoothie at a kiosk near the 50 Rum Shacks at Luquillo Beach. I was so thrilled they used a Vitamix - just like the one I have at home!... read more

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico » San Juan December 12th 2009

As part of our typical winter training on the swim team at Carleton, we take a trip somewhere outside Minnesota, somewhere warm, to beat the living hell out of our bodies. This year, we went to Puerto Rico and swam twice a day at the University of Puerto Rico pool. Practices each day were from 6-8am and 2-4pm. Time in between was usually spent taking a nice long nap and some fun time at the beach. Outside of training and napping, the team was able to make it to the old town of San Juan, Luquillo beach, and El Yunque rain forest. My favorite parts: Fresh oysters with mango salsa, lime, and salt from a street vendor in Luquillo The chicken kebabs lathered in delicious barbecue sauce The waterfall at El Yunque Constant reggaeton on the ... read more
Carleton Swim & Dive 2009-2010 in PR
Meet against UPR
Meet against UPR

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico December 11th 2009

THE BEACH Today we headed east to the point. I’m not sure if this beach is still called Seven Seas or not. It’s a very slim beach, with shrubs about 10 feet from the water. By later afternoon when we headed back the beach had gotten even slimmer because the tide came in. It’s also very soft. Just walking was an effort because your feet sink into the sand. Tip: Don’t bring a stroller. You can’t push it. Jesse and Clint resorted to carrying it. I was wishing for the sling to more easily carry the baby. She’s a wiggleworm. We were in search of coral to see while snorkling. There was plenty dotting the beach, but we had trouble finding much in the ocean itself. A few of the guys went farther east and found ... read more
Beach day
View out
View 2

Central America Caribbean » Puerto Rico December 11th 2009

Garret and TJ snorkle off of Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, just off the coastline of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. At the nature reserve, visitors learn about the ecological importance of the mangrove forest, the offshore coral reefs, the sandy beach, the rocky coast and the bioluminescent Laguna Grande. The guys were thrilled about the variety of species they saw in the water while snorkling.... read more

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