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Snorkeling and Dining in Southwest Puerto Rico

A December 2006 trip to Cabo Rojo by MARecycle

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Quote: In my many trips to SW Puerto Rico, I've discovered all the best snorkeling sites and restaurants in this area of the island.

Snorkeling and Dining in Southwest Puerto Rico

Overview

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While there are better places to snorkel and definitely better places to eat (Puerto Rico is not known for its cuisine!) we visit there often because of a friend who lives there part of the year. So we've sought out and described the best dining and snorkeling that we have researched/explored over the years. Most people think of snorkeling as something that kids or families do, and do not take it seriously as a sport – scuba diving reigns! As an old time diver, I can tell you that there is nothing more difficult and more exhilarating than good snorkeling. My journals on travel will focus on how to find the best snorkeling spots in various parts of the world. My perspective is that of a person who scub...Read More

Galloway's Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Galloway's Bar & Restaurant"

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Galloway’s location is a fairly nice one, right over the bay in the bustling little waterfront resort town of Boqueron. Its claim to fame is certainly not its food, but the large number of American expats that frequent this bar on a regular basis. We’ve had a number of less than average foods at this restaurant, but lately, on Tuesday and Thursday, they bring in a special chef and call it Bistro Day. We’ve had an excellent nut encrusted Dorado with guava sauce that was the best things we’ve ever had there. Go to Galloway’s for a good bar and the camaraderie of the patrons.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Galloway's Bar & Restaurant
Calle Jose De Diego
Boqueron, Puerto Rico 00623
(787) 254-3302

Copamarina Beach Resort

Hotel | "Copamarina"

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In addition to having an excellent restaurant, Copamarina is a full service beach resort, including a dive boat and a beautiful beach setting. The restaurant has both an indoor and outdoor sections, which overlook the beautiful grounds of the property (with fountains and attractive colored lighting schemes).

We try to go to this restaurant every time we are in Puerto Rico. It has the finest food and cooking of any location in the southwest part of the island. Their website is www.copamarina.com for full information about the resort, their packages, diving, and dining.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Copamarina Beach Resort
Road 333 Km 6.5 Cana Gorda
Guanica, Puerto Rico 00653
787 821-0505

Vista Bahia

Restaurant

Vista Bahia Photo, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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This restaurant, located in Joyuda Beach, has an excellent waterfront location with pretty good food. It also has a dock and fuel for boats. It is located on Route 102 on the water. We’ve eaten here several times and always had an adequate, if not somewhat above average, meal. Most recently (December 2006), we had a very nice whole snapper done with very light frying with garlic butter. The views on the porch overlooking the ocean are quite nice. One of the highlights is the wildlife around the restaurant including a resident pelican and a group of very good-sized tarpons (three to five feet in length) that will eat any of your leftovers including fish bones! These tarpons have taken up reside...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Vista Bahia
Route 102, Joyuda Beach
Playa Joyuda, Puerto Rico
(787) 851-4140

Joyuda Beach

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Attraction

Joyuda Beach Photo, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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This snorkeling spot is one of the closest to shore and most sheltered spots that we know of in southwest Puerto Rico. As with many inshore areas around the island, the critical factor is the visibility. You need at least ten feet visibility, and that’s about as good as it ever gets. Since the depths range from two feet to less than ten feet we even enjoyed ourselves when the visibility was only five feet in December 2006. This site is off Route 102 in Joyuda Beach. The walkway to the beach is right across the street from the Hotel Joyuda Plaza (which includes a restaurant and sushi bar – we’ll try the sushi some day). All along the waterfront are private residences that rarely seem to be ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Joyuda Beach
Off Route 102 in Joyuda Beach
Joyuda Beach

Punta Guaniquilla and Cabo Rojo

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Attraction | "The Lagoon at Punta Guaniquilla"

Punta Guaniquilla and Cabo Rojo Photo, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
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If you travel down to Playa Buye (Buye Beach) off Route 307 just north of Boqueron (and south of Puerto Real), just before you get to the beach resort, make a left and follow a dirt road with a fair amount of potholes to the end. You can park either at the very last house where there is a concrete pad and room for about three cars, or if that is full, about one block before in a sandy area that accommodates about five vehicles. Follow the shoreline for about 100-200 feet and you’ll see two openings in the fence (the second is easier to get through) that takes you up to a road that goes into the Puerto Rican Conservation Trust Reserve, which has a large lagoon with petrified coral formations. The fa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Punta Guaniquilla and Cabo Rojo
Punta Guaniquilla Reserve
Puerto Rico

Adventures Tourmarine Photo, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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In December 2006, we visited our favorite, close-in, offshore reef for snorkeling in southwestern Puerto Rico – Cayo Ron. We went with Captain Elick Hernandez Garcia, who we’ve been out with several times. Captain Elick runs an excellent mid-size charter boat operation, is not overly expensive, has a good crew, and knows all the sites in western Puerto Rico. He leaves from a dock right off Route 102 in Joyuda Beach, across from a building with the Adventures Tourmarine sign. His phone number is (787) 375-2625, email: tourmarinepr@yahoo.com; website: www.tourmarinepr.com. Ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Adventures Tourmarine
Route 102
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
(787) 255-2525

Boqueron Bay Reefs

Attraction

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The large southwestern Puerto Rico bay of Boqueron has two reefs at its wide mouth opening to the ocean. In December 2006, we snorkeled both of these reefs using a relatively small boat (17 feet Boston Whaler) from the marinas in Boqueron (it wasn’t a rental - a friend’s). Don’t know that there are any "formal" boat rental places, but deals to rent boats at the docks can always be had. As long as the sea conditions are relatively calm, (usually early in the day) a small boat is plenty adequate. It is a short run out to the reefs, only about 15 minutes and they are easy to locate. Depths range from awash to about 10-15 feet with the most interesting areas for snorkeling being in the 2-10 feet range....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Boqueron Bay Reefs
Mouth Of The Bay
Boqueron, Cabo Rojo

Buye Beach

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Attraction | "The Reef off Buye Beach"

Buye Beach Photo, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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If you travel down to Playa Buye (playa is Spanish for beach), just before you get to the beach resort, make a left and follow a dirt road with a fair amount of potholes to the end. You can park either at the very last house where there is a concrete pad and room for about three cars, or if that is full, about one block before in a sandy area that accommodates about five vehicles. From where you park your vehicle, I suggest walking at least several hundred yards along the beach, because as you get further from the Buye Beach resort, the quality of the reef improves. I suspect that the visibility and coral quality improves as you get further from Playa Buye, as there is some drainage from the local ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2006

Buye Beach
Buye Beach
Boqueron, Cabo Rojo

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