If you’re planning a visit to Puerto Rico, you must also make sure your plans include stopping at some of the islands off the main island’s coast. There, you’ll find picturesque views that seem to come directly off of a postcard. While I had heard all about the popular islands of Culebra and Vieques, we opted to visit two islands that were a little more off the beaten path with the help of East Island Excursions. It had been years since I had been on a catamaran, so I knew this was the perfect opportunity for a day on the ocean.
The bus picked us up at our hotel early in the morning and drove us out to the port, where we would board the East Wind, our catamaran for the day. There, we found a comfortable spot and got ready for a day in the sun.
Out we headed to the open sea, and it was freeing to be away from society for a bit. On our way out, we were given instructions and boat rules to follow. Then, we were allowed to relax and soak in the views.
The color of the water and islands we passed reminded me of my ferry ride in Fiji, which surprised me. I couldn’t believe how close I was to home, but just how far away I felt. Our first stop was Icacos, and even though there was a storm looming in the distance, the crystal blue water was too beautiful too resist.
Diana and I filled up on lunch and a cocktail before deciding to head into the water. The boat had been emptied out, and we wanted to take advantage of our opportunity to eat and soak in the views.
Then, we made our way off the back of the boat, drinks in hand, and immersed ourselves in the warm waters. It was quiet the opposite of the rough, choppy waters near our hotel and a welcome change. Immediately, we relaxed and soaked up the sun.
The views all around us were beautiful, and it was hard to believe we were actually in a real place. Eventually, it was time to move on to the next island, and as much as we didn’t want to leave, we were excited about what lay ahead.
We got back on the boat, making sure to fill up on another cocktail, and assumed our position near the bar for the ride to our next stop. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. But, as it is with most tropical islands, it came and passed rather quickly.
Instead of heading to our original destination, we pulled to an area between two islands Palomino and Palominitos. With a view of them in the distance, we got our snorkel gear and headed into the ocean.
For me, it was a daunting experience to just hop in, but I decided to face my fears. The cocktails I had been drinking that day certainly helped because instead of walking down the stairs to the ocean, I decided to jump. It was well-worth facing my fears, but after putting on my snorkel gear, I was reminded of my attempts at scuba diving. It immediately reminded me that as much as I love the ocean, exploring ocean life is not my favorite activity.
Instead of spending time looking at what lurked below, Diana and I swam around working on our tans and enjoying the serenity that the ocean offered. After a few more jumps, we headed back to the boat to relax with a few more cocktails.
Then, everyone boarded the boat, we endured one more downpour, and we headed back to shore. The ride was a peaceful one spent on the front of the boat, making new friends, and reminiscing over a day well-spent. As tired as Diana and I were after a day in the sun, I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to spend a day in Puerto Rico.
We had good food and drinks, lots of laughter, new friends were made, and the scenery exceeded my expectations. The staff of East Island Excursions was probably my favorite part. Not only were they helpful and professional, they truly made the experience with the fun they made everyone have. I’ve been on a few excursions in my life, and the staff often does make or break the experience had. Here, it was such a positive one.
If you’re planning on heading to Puerto Rico, you must take an excursion with East Island Excursions, whether it’s to visit the lesser known islands or the more popular ones, I have no doubt you’ll find an experience that was as good as mine was.
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I was a guest of East Island Excursions, but that in no way affected my experience. As always, all opinions are my own.