Sunday, February 8, 2009

Where's my cabana boy?

I think that my favorite place to be is Culebras. Culebras is a little island off of the East side of Puerto Rico. My first trip to Culebras was as a single gal with my friends about 12 years ago. When we moved to Puerto Rico I insisted on taking my husband and boys and sister in law and we had a fabulous time. Then a few months ago when we decided to move we knew the one thing we HAD to do before we left was head to Culebras. You drive to the east side of Puerto Rico to Fajardo and pay about $3 to jump on the government owned ferry. It is about a 90 minute ride on the ferry. This last time we went some of our best friends on the island, Rafael and Osiris. Born and raised in Puerto Rico and they had never been to Culebras. Most Puerto Ricans dont even know their own island and haven't even been all the way around it. (The whole island of Puerto Rico is only 115 miles by 35 miles!!!!)
Once you arrive on the dock of Culebras island there are several buses waiting to take you wherever you want to go. My favorite place is Flamenco beach. It is the type of beach that you see on post cards. It is the type of beach that you dream about in the Dasani water commercials with the hot cabana boy bringing the lady on the beach her water. The sand is so white and fine and soft. The water is the most amazing color of turquoise and green that you have ever seen. The waves are great to play in but not so rough that they send you doing nose dives to the bottom or knocking your swim suit bottom off. The water is the perfect temperature. You can swim out as deep as you want and you can still look down and see the color of your toe nail polish. There are picnic tables set up under the palm trees or you can rent giant umbrellas and lounge chairs to sit right out under the sand. You are welcome to pack a picnic and cooler for the days adventure but if you're not up to it you can eat the wonderful authentic carribean foods from the vendors and stands under the trees.
So right now as I shiver in my flannel pjs in Colorado knowing that I should be at Culebras right now sitting under the umbrella on the sand listening to the waves roll in and wondering where the heck my hot cabana boy is with my bottled water....

5 comments:

Wilcox Crew said...

Sounds heavenly....

Melinda said...

WOW!! Sounds like a very nice place. Paradise!!! Ecspecially the cabana boy part....jk!

Anna said...

I LOVED that island!!! Sad. I need to go and visit.... but now where is my hotel smith to stay at? ;)

megadog said...

Oh man! I think I need to do that. I want to go immediately. I am freezing her in Utah too-I feel your pain.

Nicole said...

Last time I went I was 4 months pregnant and I got SOOOOO sick on the ferry ride! I didn't feel so bad, though, because I saw lots of macho, grown men throwing up in barf bags. Actually I think that might have been the only time I went. I don't think we made it there when we lived in PR - we missed the ferry or something. Darn! Did you guys go to some of the west side beaches? The area around Rincon is beautiful - just a different kind of beach.