Puerto Rico – A day at the beach and Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve

So we started the day and we were going to go to Vieques.  We actually went out there and bought the ferry ticket.  While waiting for the ferry we realized that we would need a car on the other end and that the ferry that did carry cars across had already gone.  While talking to others it was about $30 for a cab ride to the beach.  Well we nixed this plant and went to the beach instead.   This is the Conquistador Hotel we did not stay there but there is a vernacular that goes from the hotel to the beach.  This is by the ferry.

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Saw this boat by the ferry.  I guess they won’t be using it for a while.

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Have I shown you a picture of a coconut tree.  Here is one.

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After deciding that we didn’t want to go to Vieques we went looking for the Nature Reserve but it was closed.  So, we headed to the beach instead.  On the way back from the beach we ran into this guy near the condo.

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Thank fully I have a good camera and was able to catch him (with my camera that is).  By the way I didn’t take any pictures at the beach.

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The Nature Reserve is interesting because you have to buy your tickets ahead of time and they only have certain times that you can go.  When we got there (it’s kind of a hidden driveway) we pulled in behind one car.  It is gated to get into the Reserve and the gate was closed.  We were there a little early and cars started pulling in behind us.  They actually do not let you into the gated area until the tour is getting ready to start.  You can go in as a walk in but you take your chances that it’s not full.  Here is my husband on a giant rope spiderweb.

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While waiting for the tour to start we saw this Iguana in a tree he was just lounging.

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At first we didn’t notice him.

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We then got in a Trolley type vehicle and they drove us around the Reserve.  The Reserve has seven different ecosystems.  There is a beach,  a bioluminescent bay, offshore coral reefs and a mangrove area.  The first thing we saw was another Iguana and then our guide (here he is) informed us about the different areas around the Reserve.

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First we went to the lighthouse.  Inside we got to see different creatures that are around Puerto Rico.  I’m not sure how many of you are aware but Iguana’s are not from Puerto Rico they were brought in.

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Here is one of the creatures from around the water.  I wasn’t going to touch them but I actually held one in my hand.

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The coral was amazing.  There are so many different kinds and I could have spent hours here taking pictures.

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Here’s some coralwpid-puerto-rico-indio-86.jpg

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This was the beach by the coral.  The rocks were a bit slippery.

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Here is the mangrove area.

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And here is the gorgeous beach.  I wish we had brought our bathing suits.

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This is the Bioluminescent Bay.  They do tours here at night.  You cannot swim in here like in the tour we took in La Parguera

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Here is the lighthouse as seen from the Bioluminescent Bay.

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This is the tree the Iguana was on.

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This is an amazing tour and well worth the money.  This was also our last day in Puerto Rico.  The next morning we got on a plane and headed home without any real incident.  We ended up having to change our flight to a later one because the earlier one was full.  We landed in Philadelphia without any issues but had to stay the night in Philly because there were not seats available on the flight home.  All in all it was a great vacation.  If you would like to go to Puerto Rico and need to find any of these places feel free to ask me and I will get you all the information I can.  Also, if you would like to stay in the condo we stayed in I can give you that information also.

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