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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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


At first we didn’t notice him.


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.


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.




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.




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


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



Here is the mangrove area.



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



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


Here is the lighthouse as seen from the Bioluminescent Bay.


This is the tree the Iguana was on.


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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Puerto Rico – Luquillo Beach, La Cueva del Indio and Bioluminescent Bay Tour

Ok so I’m still on Puerto Rico and I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I would like to finish up Puerto Rico and I think I should be done in 3 posts.  In looking forward we were in Amsterdam back in February and we went to Barcelona in April.  I’m a little behind from last year’s travel as I didn’t go anywhere in March but I really can’t complain.  Ok so now to get two more days in Puerto Rico.  We went to the Beach on the first day and on the second day here we went to La Cueva del Indio and we also did the Bioluminescent Bay Tour in La Parguera.

We went to the Beach in Luquillo which was the town we were staying in.  We did have to drive to the beach but it was only about 8 minutes or so.  We could see the beach from our condo but we still had to drive there.  The beach itself was beautiful.  Here are my husband and sister in the water.


It was a beautiful day out.


The mountain in the photo is El Yunque.


My husband and I were trying to take a picture with the beach in the background and we got photo bombed by my sister. Man she has great timing


We did get one good shot in


Before she got us again.

Here I am with my mom and my sister


The next day we went to La Cueva del Indio.  This place was great.  First off it was free to go in and you only had to pay for parking. And guess what parking was only $2.  We did have to drive up and around the top of the island to get there and we drove passed it and then had to turn around.  Thankfully we didn’t go far.  Just as we past it I said there it is.  Needless to say the GPS was not that good in this part of the island.  Also there was big bicycle ride going on in a small town so we had to be careful of the bicyclists.

The people who run this place say they have filmed Pirates of the Caribbean here.  I haven’t checked the credits but if you come to Puerto Rico I highly recommend this place.  You can find it on trip advisor if you read the comments from the people who have been there the directions are in the comments.



You can climb down here there is a very rickety looking ladder but we did see some people go down it.  We didn’t go down it though.  Maybe if we get back there I will.  I feel as if I missed something and should have been more adventurous and gone down.






My husband holding on to my sister while she was taking pictures over the edge.







I’m not sure what the alien face is in the picture below but I saw a smaller one in the rocks also.




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I took a lot more pictures if you want to see them let me know and I will post them on flickr or smug mug.  We then headed over to Cueva Ventana which is a cave that overlooks a valley but it was closed as they were replacing the steps in there I guess to many people were slipping and falling.  So then as a last minute thing we call the Bioluminescent Bay Tour and made reservations.  We had to be there by 6 and we had to drive half way around the island.  So we rushed and just barely made it in time before they were supposed to start.  But of course you know how it is you get there and then you have wait anyway.  I don’t have any pictures of the Bioluminescent because none of our cameras could get pictures that good in the dark but I will tell you I’m not a swimmer and neither is anyone else in my family, my husband on the other hand swims like a fish, but we all got in the water with the life vests (except him) and it was pretty cool.  At first it’s hard to see them but then after being there a while you see them.  When my sister got out of the water I could see them in her hair.  Kind of made me want to take a shower afterwards because they plankton.  Here are a few pictures when we were on the boat.  I should have brought my tripod.




It was a gorgeous sunset and we had a blast.  The only problem was that afterwards we had to drive half way around the island to get back to our condo.  I believe we drove around the entire island that day.

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