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Puerto Rico: Vieques: Snorkeling with Squid at Secret Beach

March 28, 2012

all seasons in one day

This was a total beach day. We stopped for some nature shots including wild horses and a bird that looked like a King Fisher on our way to the south side of the island.
We never want to miss a thing so we started by going to Navio Beach and made our way to Blue Beach, and finally settled on snorkeling at Secret Beach. This was our favorite because of the wildlife in the water, we saw a pretty big barracuda swimming by us. Later on the far east side of the beach we spent almost a half hour swimming in the shallow water by the rocks watching a family of three reef squid change colors from purple to brown to white all while gliding effortlessly through the clear water. Tony also found a large conch shell which we decided not to take off the island and put it on the steps of the hotel for Maria and Joe, so if you go and see it let us know!

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We were sad to go but really wanted to go scuba diving and weren’t able to arrange it on Vieques so we were headed back to the mainland. At the ferry station Tony once again got charged the tourist price for a smoothie $5! Sucker! :)IMG_6389.jpg
We arrived back to our rental car parked on the street and were relieved to see that it was still in one piece luckily! Time for another road trip. . to the southern side of Puerto Rico. We got lost a few times on the 53, no the 3, no just go in a generally Southern direction! It all paid off because we found ourselves at Sabor Criollo a local bar along the side of a winding mountain road off the 53 (we think) where we stopped for sunset, dinner and a drink. The owner Berto made us some amazing fried chicken and plantains while Ruby finished off his bottle of homemade hot sauce. He also introduced us to the key ingredient in his specialty cocktail. . DonQ Limon Puerto Rican Rum. .. YUM! We ended up buying a bottle at the airport on our way home :)


About another hour or so we ended up in Ponce, hopelessly lost, driving around the ghetto like a couple of tourists trying to get robbed! Well that’s what Tony thought, Ruby on the other hand was as cool as a cucumber, well she was . . . until her cell phone died and we had no map. By the way don’t trust Google Maps in Puerto Rico it may or may not work depending on the area. A quick stop for directions in the rain led us to the Ramada in Ponce. Ruby got us the best deal in town, staying in a super nice hotel—actually the Ramada in Ponce for $60/night on Priceline.com (Name Your Own Price) and they even upgraded us to a suite for free! This was by far the nicest Ramada we’d ever stayed in, perfect location in the center of the nicest part of Ponce. After that kind of a day we were pretty tired and enjoyed the skyline view from our huge hotel patio before passing out.


Posted by Tony.Ruby 12:32 Archived in Puerto Rico

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