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Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

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Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

Hello,

I am traveling to PR late July and I was wondering where the best place is to see the stereotypical turquoise Caribbean waters would be. I am trying to decide between Cabo Rojo area and the offshore islands. Do you prefer one over the other?

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1. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

The water all around PR is clear and "blue", but it is the sand underneath that makes it have that "Caribbean blue water" look. White sand is what you are looking for.

What else (if anything) do you want to do besides look at water? That will help decide.

I love Culebra, but it is VERY low key (dead after 8-9pm). But beautiful water/beaches.

Vieques is a little more active, also lots of beautiful beaches, and some on land tourism to do but it is a small island.

Cabo Rojo has some amazing beaches with the water you want, and you have the whole main island full of activities to explore and almost every type of activity from casinos to zip lines.

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2. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

You can stay on the east coast (Rio Grande, Luquillo or Fajardo) and see crystal clear turquoise water on:

Balneario La Monserrate in Luquillo

Icacos beach - $25 per person roundtrip by water taxi

Culebra Island - $4.50 per person roundtrip by ferry

Vieques Island -$4.50 per person roundtrip by ferry

You can also stay on the west coast (Cabo Rojo or Aguadilla) and see crystal clear turquoise water on:

Pena Blanca Beach in Aguadilla

Crash boat beach in Aguadilla

Buye Beach in Cabo Rojo

Playa Sucia in Cabo Rojo

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3. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

Thank you for the input. I am staying at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar. I love snorkeling and just beautiful natural scenery. Would it be better to drive to Cabo Rojo or take the ferry to Culebra? Flying is unfortunately not an option.

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4. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

None of the above, I would take a water taxi to Icacos that you can reserve ahead of time. That would be the easiest option. Otherwise, take the ferry to Culebra, but be warned that July is the most popular month of the year for locals going to the beach, so the ferry will be full. If trying the ferry, go on a weekday and arrive early. Tickets are not sold ahead of time.

The Wyndham Rio Mar is only 5 mins drive to Balneario La Monserrate Beach in Luquillo, so do not miss it.

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5. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

Thank you for the tip! Is Icacos as good as Culebra?

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6. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

I would suggest to take a Catamaran trip to Icacos Island instead of Water Taxi. On a Catamaran you have a Crew to take care of you, serve Lunch and drinks, shade on board , Bathroom and provide snorkel gear. Otherwise with Water Taxi you'll need to bring cooler, gear, and are stuck in the sun till they pick you up again. Icacos is deserted, so what you need you have to bring.

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7. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

you can take ferry or a tour to culebra i would check out flamenco beach one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen.

here is link to video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyPdE_ko6Gw

starts at 1400 minute mark.

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8. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

IMHO, if you cant bear the 7 minute flight to Vieques or 13 minute flight to culebra, don't take the ferry.

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9. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

It’s due to budget/logistics, not being afraid of the flight.

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10. Re: Want to see blue, clear Caribbean waters

Do you recommend a certain catamaran trip company?

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