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San Juan, Puerto Rico Water activities

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San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

1. San Juan: Swimming and Snorkeling Tour with Turtles

Get up close and personal with sea turtles at Escambron Marine Park. Explore the vibrant coral reefs that are home to an abundance of sea turtles. Great for beginners, this is the perfect adventure for all the family. Meet your instructor at the Marine Park to start your thrilling adventure. Once checked in, your guide will hand out the snorkeling gear, give you a quick safety briefing and teach you how to snorkel. Dive into the warm Caribbean Sea and explore the underwater world with your guide. Immerse yourself in the turquoise waters, surrounded by sea turtles, vibrant coral reefs, and tropical fish. Enjoy an adventure that you won’t forget, swimming with one of the planet's oldest living species.

From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

2. From Fajardo: Full-Day Culebra Islands Catamaran Tour

Discover an area off the beaten path on this full-day catamaran tour to the Cordillera Islands. Departing from Puerto Del Rey Marina in Fajardo, the 50-55 minute journey on the high-speed catamaran will take you to the beautiful Cordillera Islands, off the coast of Fajardo. Upon arriving at the Cordillera Islands, the captain will decide which beach will have the best conditions for the day, usually Flamenco or Culebrita beach. Spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling, beachcombing, sunbathing, or relaxing on the roof deck. Throughout the day, the bar onboard the catamaran is open for all guests with Piña Coladas, Rum Punch, sodas, iced teas, and juices. A sumptuous lunch is served on board, including fresh fruit, chicken salad or veggie wraps, salads, and chips.

Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

3. Puerto Rico: Guided East Coast Jet Ski Tour to Isla Verde

Experience a thrilling adventure in and around the San Jose Lagoon and all the way to the coast and beaches of Isla Verde on a jet ski tour through the tropical waters of Puerto Rico's north coast. After a short safety briefing and training session, depart from the home base at Cangrejos Yacht Club and journey into the best waters of the Caribbean along the beaches of Isla Verde. Enjoy a memorable journey into the mangroves of the San José Lagoon, pass under the Baldorioty de Castro Bridge, all the way down to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, one of the biggest bridges in Puerto Rico. After, pass by the coast of the beach of Isla Verde. Make a stop to jump in the water and go through the Isla Verde coast, one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Admire the incredible scenery as you explore the water world. Let loose and experience the raw power of your jet ski.

San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

4. San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Kayak Adventure by Night

Embark on a nighttime adventure into the waters of San Juan's Laguna Grande and see millions of glowing plankton. Paddle aboard on this guided evening tour. Make your way through mesmerizing mangrove channels and learn about the wonders of bioluminescence. After getting picked up from your accommodation, head to Laguna Grande. Listen to a quick overview and safety briefing from your guide before setting out. Paddle in a two-person kayak for approximately 30-minutes through the mystical mangrove channels leading to the natural reserve of the Laguna Grande. See the microscopic plankton capable of producing natural light at the touch of your hand. Explore these amazing organisms up close as your professional guide takes you on a journey to discover all their secrets. Learn how this fragile and unique ecosystem maintains a perfect balance of life, and what you can do to protect such a special place. Paddle in this safe and closed environment, and watch as the water comes alive with millions of glowing plankton. Be aware the bio bay is an unpredictable natural phenomenon that may be influenced by multiple factors. Bioluminosity levels can vary from very visible to minimal or none without any prior notice. The full moon phase may also affect the visibility of the bioluminescence. In the event of this happening, alternate methods such as the use of a tarp will be incorporated in order to appreciate it.

From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

5. From San Juan: El Yunque Forest Off the Beaten Path Tour

Feel like a true explorer on an off-the-beaten-path tour in the heart of the El Yunque Rainforest. Avoid big crowds as you blaze a trail to the lesser-known attractions of the lush tropical rainforest. The initial hike is a 25-30 minute journey up a rock and dirt path with some river wading. This trail is surrounded by bamboo trees, rainforest flowers, and many other beautiful plants. Visit a collecting pool that forms at the base of a waterfall. Here you will have the opportunity to swim in its crystal clear waters and admire the colors of its deep pools. Enjoy the cascades of the waterfall and take the opportunity to snap pictures. Continue exploring the rainforest and end your adventure in another pool area, the rainforest's best-kept secret. After a few minutes of hiking, arrive at a river where you can swim, swing from a rope into the river, and enjoy natural water slides.

From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

6. From Fajardo: Icacos Island Full-Day Catamaran Trip

Spend a day in the sun with lunch and specialty drinks includes, taking you out on the clear waters of the Caribbean and along the Fajardo coastline aboard a catamaran. Set sail in the morning from Puerto del Rey Marina, the largest and best-kept marina in the Caribbean. On board the catamaran's deck you will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains in the El Yunque National Forest, as well as the beaches along the Fajardo coastline. After a comfortable sail of about 45 minutes, you will anchor at one of the small deserted islands and cays off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Normally it is the island of Icacos, but the captain will sometimes head to Cayo Lobo or Palominos if the conditions are better for the day. Once you arrive, step off into shallow water and spend the next 1.5 hours walking on the beach, beachcombing, and swimming in the crystal clear waters. Return on board to enjoy your pre-packed lunch. Sodas, water, and juices are also available, and those with a taste for the sweeter things in life will want to sample the specialty piña coladas and tropical rum punch. When you have eaten your fill, the boat will head a short distance out and anchor over the reef for another 1 or 2 hours of swimming or relaxing. A leisurely sail back to Marina Puerto del Rey will bring you back to the dock, with plenty of time to enjoy your afternoon and evening in Fajardo.

Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

7. Fajardo: Bioluminescent Lagoon Kayak or Full Moon Kayak Tour

Don’t let your day end when the sun goes down. Enjoy a relaxing kayak tour at sunset that leads to the fascinating Laguna Grande in the town of Fajardo located on the Northeast corner of the island. Under a blanket of the night sky and the historical lighthouse, you can touch the waters that glow with bioluminescent organisms. The activity starts at sunset in the small fishing village of Las Croabas where you meet the friendly guides. Check-in and get equipped with all the gear, including botanical-based insect repellent. Get the Kayak 101 Safety training, then board your kayak. Paddle across a small fisherman’s harbor to the entrance of Las Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. Here, you enter a mystical channel that leads to a peaceful place where the mangroves create natural tunnels and the sights and sounds of wildlife surround you. After a 25- to 30-minute paddle through the channel, based on traffic and tidal currents, your guide stops once in the lagoon to give commentary on the following points of interest: • Mangrove forest and the different species • Birdlife that inhabits the area • Aquatic marine life that uses the lagoon as an estuary • Information on the bioluminescence organism • History of the lighthouse • Insight on seven of eight ecosystems found in the area Afterward, enter the lagoon called Laguna Grande (large Lagoon), where you paddle along the edge of the mangrove forest and watch the stroke of each paddle light up a bioluminescent blue-green/white-green. Encounter fish that look like shooting stars as they swim through the thick concentration of Pyrodinium Bahamense, a species of Dinoflagellate. At the breakpoint, admire beautiful views of the rainforest and the lighthouse of Fajardo, accompanied by good conversation. Next, begin the route to Bird Island to view the many birds that roost there overnight. Once quietly rounding the small island, start the return to the departure site. This tour is offered under the full moon cycle, so checking what the moon phase is recommended.

Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

8. Old San Juan: Sunset Cruise with Drinks and Hotel Pickup

Gaze at a beautiful sunset on this cruise through Old San Juan from San Juan or Carolina. Sip delicious cool drinks and a variety of appetizers while relaxing aboard the boat, and absortbing the views from the harbor as the Old City's day turns to night. Be picked up from your hotel or accomodation and travel to the boat's launch site. Hop aboard the San Juan Harbor cruise and relax on board a comfortable boat and take in beautiful views of the city from the water. Watch as the sun shines a soft glow on the 500 year old Fort walls and enjoy a view that can only be seen from the water. Ride through the harbor and listen to mystical tales about the old city while absorbing the sights of the city from a new perspective on the water. See beautiful landmarks like Paseo La Princesa, the Governors Mansion, the bacardi Distillery, and the impressive San Juan Fortified City Walls. Capture unique photos from the harbor while savoring the warm Caribbean breezes blowing across the water. See the same view of the islands that pirates and conquerors saw hundreds of years ago. Finish the tour when the boat docks at the harbour and be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

9. San Juan: Old San Juan Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the beautiful Amazing Grace in Old San Juan and get enchanting views of the cultural city and sites around the bay. Marvel at the 16th-century citadel of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico at La Fortaleza. Sip soft drinks and cocktails under the sun and avail of the services of a local guide. The Amazing Grace is a topsail schooner representative of the traditional American sailing crafts that fought the British in the War of Independence. The beautiful sailing vessel flies seven sails that can be used in different combinations to suit the wind conditions, making for a fun journey out at sea.

From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

10. From San Juan: Bioluminescent Bay Boat Tour and Hot Springs

Embark on an adventure to a bioluminescent bay on this trip from San Juan. See the hot springs, feast on a hot dinner in a local restaurant, and visit a sand bar, before heading out to the bay and swimming in the luminous water. After pickup from your hotel, relax on the drive to the southwest and the first stop at the hot springs. From there you will dine on fresh fish, chicken, or vegetable tacos at a local restaurant. After dinner, you will visit the sand bar and once night has fallen, cruise to the bioluminescent bay where you will be amazed by the glowing landscape that awaits. At the bay, jump in the water to really experience this unique phenomenon, which is a true feast for the eyes. Enjoy some free time to swim and play in the water and admire the striking glow of the microorganisms that surround you. At the end of an unforgettable day, dry off on the boat then sit back and relax on the journey to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about San Juan, Puerto Rico

We were not able to go to Culebra due to rough seas. We went to an island closer to Fajardo and the marina. Boat ride was probably 20-25 minutes. It was still fun and the crew was fantastic. Snorkeling was average. Company credited back some money due to the itinerary change. It was a good way to get out on the water and we enjoyed the day.

Matthew was our guide and we loved him! Great experience, really good for people who haven't been snorkeling (or it's been a long time). Safe, low stress, but still exciting and lots of marine life to see! And to boot, the beach at this location is soooo pretty. Thanks for a great experience, Matthew!!

This was an amazing experience. There were shuttles bringing us from different parts of the island to the location. The boat and the staff were perfect.

Guides Diego and other team members were really friendly and made our entire trip really pleasant and memorable. It was worth it

Very nice experience! Beautiful waters and nice beaches!