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12 Dec 2006  Still here in Puerto Rico and just left the Fajardo area after 2.5 weeks there
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

A great place to eat and an amazing night trip for all ages

  • Category: Perfect day
  • 1. Early morning walk on the beach - collect beautiful sand-dollars

    Early in the morning there are quite a few beautiful sand-dollars which wash up on the beaches around Fajardo. It's a wonderful time of day and they make a lovely memento. Just remember that they are EXTREMELY delicate!!!

  • 2. Don Pepe's Restaurant - Fajardo

    A lovely small family owned Puerto Rican restaurant, just up the street from the Westin Rio Mar. Order the Mofango - a wonderful Puerto Rican specialty dish. Made with a choice of meat or seafood and plantains. The plantains are not dry at all and are flavoured with fabulous herbs and spices. The meat (had beef) was succulent and full of flavour. An absolute must if you're in the area!

  • 3. Kayaking to and swimming in the Bioluminescent Bay in Fajardo

    Fantastic and easy kayaking trip to the bioluminescent bay in the Fajardo area. Our hotel wasn't running the trip the night we chose to go, so they recommended that we go on one run by 'Peter" - he is terrific. He knows his stuff and gave a wonderful talk as we all sat in the middle of the bay with our kayaks tied together. He was very patient as he answered any and all questions. He also does salvage work when the trips aren't running - (If there's a storm and someone's boat sinks, they have 48 hours to raise it before they lose possession, since it can be a hazard in the water, so they call in salvagers, or else the salvagers go themselves if the person isn't there, or doesn't bother). Peter knows all about the history of the area, the island and being a diver has wonderful information about the waters in the area. His trips are small, which is great - there were 7 people on ours. Two of the people were in their 70s and they had no difficulty whatsoever. The boats are very sturdy and actually allow you to sit properly with your feet stretched out and have a sling for you to lean against. If you have any problems paddling, not to worry, as he is prepared to tow anyone who may need it.

    He picks you up at your hotel and drives to the entry point just outside Fajardo. Once in the kayak, we paddle 20 minutes through beautiful mangroves and then it opens up into a large protected bay (actually now a protected national reserve). As you paddle the water around the paddles suddenly starts to light up! If you take your hand and throw the water it's as though you've thrown light! It is truly a fantastic experience. Once in the bay, everyone can swim and the water lights up around your body. It's an absolute must. There are only a few places like it in the world. There is another one in Puerto Rico off Vieques - another island off the main island of Puerto Rico. I have not been there, but I this left nothing to be desired! We took the the later trip (around 7:30) and figured that way he wouldn't be rushing to get back for another trip.