Coordinates: 18°19′00″N 65°17′25″O
I packed my bags for the weekend, basically: beach towel, a sun hat, and a bathing suit. In the boat, which took us from Fajardo to Culebra, I was thinking about Flamenco Beach, its immensity of clear white sand, and see-through water; when it comes to the sea, I prefer beaches where I can see my feet. However, our weekend turned out being very different to what I had in mind.
Héctor, the Protector
The boat was approaching the dock and Hector “The Protector” greeted us. We walked approximately five minutes from the harbor to Villa Boheme, the charming hostelry where we would spend various days. Upon arriving I realized those days would be perfect to tell.
Blue Arches in Ensenada Honda
This guesthouse with blue arches, located in Fulladosa Street, has twelve rooms. Besides being enraptured from a hammock with the exclusive view of Ensenada Honda Bay, guests can visit other beaches that are easier to reach by boat.
Captain Rico, administrator of Villa Boheme, offers his guests a Water Taxi service to visit Dakiti Beach, Culebrita Island, or Luis Peña Cay for an additional fee. I imagine this, and the fact that the inn distinguishes itself for its cleanliness, to be the reasons why it has visitors from around the world. Many of them, for almost two decades, return year after year.
Dakity at night
Our experience began the night of the day we arrived. Captain Rico took us, a group of six people, to Dakiti. Rico suggested bringing our bathing suits with us and I, thinking I wouldn’t dare to go in the water, didn’t listen to his advice. Mistake!
We arrived at Dakiti and with the help of the boat’s light I noticed the water was splendidly clear. Yes, one of those beaches where I could see my feet, and in this one you could see as far as the bottom, despite the darkness of the night. So, with clothes and all, I dipped in the water! The warmth of the water, the light of the moon, the calmness of the night… a magical experience!
Luis Peña Cay
The next day another moment worth telling awaited us. First we went to Culebrita, where I took pictures from the boat of the lighthouse, the pristine waters adorned by the stillness of a sailboat, and some people on a kayak. Then Captain Rico took us on his boat of approximately thirty feet to Luis Peña Cay. There we dropped anchor to spend the afternoon in that little paradise. We used a paddle board as a table above the water and had a barbecue lunch that the captain prepared for us. Between cocktails of fruit juice and snacks we fixed the world in an afternoon.
Sea like a lake
The sea as calm as a lake was the perfect complement for a serene journey through the coast and islands of Culebra. The days lit by the sun and absent of clouds complemented the almost unreal scenery. It was a weekend where the hands of the clock marked only the hours of the sun and the beach. Days where the haste shined for its absence because we immersed in the island time, which is absorbed by the atmosphere. And if we add the experiences, during day and night, in Captain Rico’s Water Taxi, there’s no other option than to baptize our visit to Culebra as an ostentatiously spectacular one.
Conscious Travel Practices:
1. Boost the economy of the place in local restaurants and hostelries.
2. Admire nature without touching or harming it.
3. Do not leave trash on the beaches.
Luis Peña Cay