Puerto Rico Itinerary

13 03 2009

Only one week until PR vacation!!!!

I have put together a preliminary itinerary for our camping/hiking trip to Puerto Rico next week.  I bought 3 books about the island and it seems there are way too many outdoor activities that we could ever possibly fit into 5 days.  We decided to concentrate on the Northeastern area of the country to get the most bang for our buck.

Day 1 – fly into San Juan around 1:30pm, get rental car, drive to Seven Seas campground and pitch our tent.  This place seems pretty safe, has bathrooms, showers and even a restaurant.

View of Seven Seas beach

View of Seven Seas beach

Day 2 – Explore Las Cabezas de San Juan  nature reserve.  It contains 7 ecological systems – forestland, mangroves, lagoons, beaches, cliffs, offshore cays, and coral reefs.  We may see osprey, sea turtles, and possibly a manatee from the boardwalk trails.  At night I want to do a kayak trip in Laguna Grande bio bay which is part of the nature reserve and only a few miles from our camp site.  A bio bay is a body of water that contains millions of micro-organisms, called “dinoflagellates”, that glow in the dark for a second when agitated.  Dang it though – kids have to be 6 to go on the tour.  We are hoping to find someone to rent us kayaks without going through a tour agency – we are not the “tour” type of family – we like to explore on our own.

Day 3 and 4- Hiking through El Yunque – the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. National Forest System.  It receives over 100 billion gallons of rainfall every year.  Some trails we would like to hit include La Mina Falls and El Toro (top of peak) and Mt. Britton.  We are packing our rain gear and are going to camp a night in the rainforest as well.  From what I have read we can pretty much pitch a tent anywhere – hopefully we can find a spot to make a fire.  Don’t plan on sleeping – I guess the zillions of croqui frogs sing all night long.

Overview of El Yunque rainforest

Overview of El Yunque rainforest

Day 4 and 5- Pack up and head over to town of Fajardo to catch ferry to Culebra island.  We hear that Flamenco beach is one of the best in the world and Culebra is known for relaxation.  We’ll set up our tent about 10 feet from Flamenco beach and then let the good times roll.  Swimming, snorkeling, a bike trip into town – who knows?

Camping area at Flamenco beach on Isla Culebra

Camping area at Flamenco beach on Isla Culebra

Day  6 – Head back to Old San Juan.  I would like to check out the old fortresses built back in the 1500 & 1600’s when Spain ruled the island.  We’ll see if we have time……

I have no idea if we will stick with this plan – it’s just some things I want to try and get in.  As long as every body stays healthy I will be a happy camper!




One response

19 03 2009

I’m so jealous that you are on the beach right now!!! When you return…give me a call. I am dying to hear about PR. Ironically, Steve has an interview tomorrow with a company in PR!!! We would love to live there…just need to learn some Spanish quickly.
Have a blast!!!

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