tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-16657312149303261702017-08-19T13:42:08.400-04:00Camping Culebra Puerto RicoJ. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.comBlogger19125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-71287365513144647272014-12-01T20:46:00.000-04:002014-11-13T19:44:00.706-04:00Welcome to CampingCulebra.com<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ne7aU0ILDLE/UPNUMNAK7AI/AAAAAAAABaI/zLXr3XQD4-I/s1600/IMG_1355.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ne7aU0ILDLE/UPNUMNAK7AI/AAAAAAAABaI/zLXr3XQD4-I/s400/IMG_1355.JPG" height="223" width="400" /></a></div><br />Camping at Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island in Puerto Rico is an excellent choice for a person or family that is on a budget, seeking something different than merely staying in a hotel, or who wants to experience living in a somewhat primitive and very natural environment for a while.&nbsp; Many visitors opt to camp in Culebra to get off the beaten path or to experience spending time on an island where accommodations are often otherwise expensive.&nbsp; Many are brought to Flamenco beach's campground due to the beauty of the natural environment and the allure of spending a few nights on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.&nbsp; No matter what your reasons are for considering camping at Flamenco beach, you are bound to experience a memorable trip that you will cherish for a very long time.<br /><br />Many people who camp at Flamenco beach find it hard to leave.&nbsp; Many individuals dream of returning again, even though 'roughing it' has its challenges.&nbsp; However, with all the amenities that are available at one's disposal, camping at Flamenco is not as much roughing it as it is a pleasure.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CkyFmn8FPgU/UPNUG53zN3I/AAAAAAAABaA/VmAthyV2gNo/s1600/IMG_1278.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CkyFmn8FPgU/UPNUG53zN3I/AAAAAAAABaA/VmAthyV2gNo/s320/IMG_1278.JPG" height="240" width="320" /></a>Imagine, camping a few meters from the ocean, falling asleep and waking to the sounds of the surf hitting the shore.&nbsp; In the morning, being surrounded by deer making their way through camp, or by the tropical breezes that blow in between the palm trees that line the coastline.&nbsp; Imagine crossing the island via foot to the lesser visited beaches of Carlos Rosario or Playa Tamarindo.&nbsp; Taking a plunge into the nearby reef to see some of the tropical fish and return in time to hunt for coconuts.&nbsp; Afterwards, you can make your way into Dewey for dinner, or enjoy an evening meal by candlelight right on the beach.&nbsp; Infinite opportunities await you.<br /><br />The purpose of this site is to explain to you exactly how to navigate the island of Culebra and get the most out of your camping experience on Flamenco Beach.&nbsp; Many travelers want to maximize their time on the island, while minimizing the costs involved.&nbsp; This website will show you how to get to and around the island, purchase food and supplies, and once there not miss a thing.&nbsp; Many people find that they missed something, or missed out on camping entirely because they did not know how to go about doing it.&nbsp; Getting to Culebra and Flamenco beach from San Juan, even without a rental car, is easy and should not have to cost a lot.<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EjkltbCe39w/UPNUood0NLI/AAAAAAAABaQ/kyLQryxpRyk/s1600/IMG_1304.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EjkltbCe39w/UPNUood0NLI/AAAAAAAABaQ/kyLQryxpRyk/s320/IMG_1304.JPG" height="179" width="320" /></a>Culebra has changed over time but still holds its unique charm.&nbsp; When you arrive you will find a laid back group of people who love their island home.&nbsp; You will quickly understand why.&nbsp; Life is a lot slower here, but that does not mean it is not exciting.&nbsp; On the contrary, there is magic to be found all over the island.&nbsp; From its amazing beaches to its hillside vistas.&nbsp; Even under the sea the world comes to life.&nbsp; This is how it is on the island of Culebra.&nbsp; We hope that you enjoy it and get as much out of it as you possibly can.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br /><br />Thank you for reading,<br /><br /><i>The team at CampingCulebra.com</i></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com6Playa Flamenco, Flamenco, Culebra 0077518.3282212 -65.315332599999977-7.1938132999999986 -106.62392659999998 43.850255700000005 -24.006738599999977tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-42939225164160532672014-04-12T12:59:00.000-04:002014-04-12T13:02:30.272-04:00Places to Camp in the Caribbean<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">If you are combining your trip to Puerto Rico with some of the other islands and countries in the Caribbean region, be sure to check out some of the following campgrounds and lodges that have camping.&nbsp; Rates are subject to changes and links to the campsites have been provided.&nbsp; If you have a campsite that you would like featured on this site, please post a comment below and it will be added.<br /><b><br />Ivan's Campground</b> - White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands<br /><a href="http://www.ivanscampground.com/">http://www.ivanscampground.com/</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-55DowHuCm0c/U0lpubfahqI/AAAAAAAADp8/7SXryl23NY0/s1600/Ivans_campground.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-55DowHuCm0c/U0lpubfahqI/AAAAAAAADp8/7SXryl23NY0/s1600/Ivans_campground.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a></div>Prices:<br /><br />Equipped Campsites - $45.00 summer rate $35.00 <br />Bare Campsites - $25.00 summer rate $20.00 <br />Cabins - $65.00 to $75.00 summer rate $55.00 to $65.00<br /><br />Here you can set up camp next to the beach or spend a bit more cash for a rustic cabin.&nbsp; Ivan’s Campground features live music at night, a “stress-free” bar and there are many nature walks. Amenities include a fully-functioning kitchen available for guest-use.&nbsp; This is a great spot for those on a budget!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><b>3 Rivers Eco Lodge</b> <b>and Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge</b> - Dominica<br /><a href="http://www.3riversdominica.com/index.php">http://www.3riversdominica.com/index.php</a><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZcALD2oSNgY/U0lru4SP3mI/AAAAAAAADqI/Nh7ZkkTGOhE/s1600/3rivers_lodge.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZcALD2oSNgY/U0lru4SP3mI/AAAAAAAADqI/Nh7ZkkTGOhE/s1600/3rivers_lodge.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a>Prices:<br /><br />$15 per night<br />$90 per week<br /><br />3 Rivers Eco Lodge is set in 10 acres of land with camping and rustic accommodations for those who are looking for a budget getaway and time spent in nature.&nbsp; While there is no beach, this eco lodge is located in the rainforest in Dominica.&nbsp; There is a communal kitchen here and all pots and pans are provided for guest use.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><b>El Cabo de La Vela - </b>Columbia<br /><a href="http://apalanchiis.com/corporativo/1403/hotel">http://apalanchiis.com/corporativo/1403/hotel</a><b></b><br /><b><br /></b><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z5MuFs4IPVI/U0lt0pkHVjI/AAAAAAAADqU/BypFW8A22h8/s1600/Caseri%CC%81o_Cabo_de_la_Vela.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z5MuFs4IPVI/U0lt0pkHVjI/AAAAAAAADqU/BypFW8A22h8/s1600/Caseri%CC%81o_Cabo_de_la_Vela.jpg" height="240" width="320" /></a>If you are looking for something off the beaten path, check out El Cabo de La Vela.&nbsp; At this spectacular location the desert meets the sea in this fishing village which is only accessible via a two-hour journey on a dirt road.&nbsp; Here you can either rent a hammock or pitch a tent.&nbsp; You can also rent a cabin if you would like.&nbsp; This no frills hotel caters to backpackers and budget travelers.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Travel In' Guesthouse </b>- Mahahual, Costa Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico<br /><a href="http://www.travel-in.com.mx/guest_house.html">http://www.travel-in.com.mx/guest_house.html</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Mv1WOLpV68/U0lvG5aG6iI/AAAAAAAADqg/jeNvDsH_2pU/s1600/travelin_water.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3Mv1WOLpV68/U0lvG5aG6iI/AAAAAAAADqg/jeNvDsH_2pU/s1600/travelin_water.jpg" height="206" width="320" /></a></div>This guesthouse in Mexico features a cabana, rooms, and camping right on the beach.&nbsp; This is a great way to spend some time in the Yucatan peninsula's incredible natural environment sleeping under the stars for a low price.&nbsp; If you are camping, be sure to pack in your own tent.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Cinnamon Bay - </b>St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands<br /><a href="http://www.cinnamonbay.com/home.html" target="_blank">http://www.cinnamonbay.com/home.html</a><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Ti1uYEYq-Q/U0lwPnLsH5I/AAAAAAAADqs/URBIc5vwBcY/s1600/cinnamon_bay_camping.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2Ti1uYEYq-Q/U0lwPnLsH5I/AAAAAAAADqs/URBIc5vwBcY/s1600/cinnamon_bay_camping.jpg" /></a>This campground, which is located on the north side, is minutes from Cinnamon Beach.&nbsp; It offers bare sites, but equipped cabins are available for a higher price. Be sure to book early as this eco-friendly site is in high-demand, which is partly due to its location at the top of St. John’s National Park.&nbsp; This gorgeous park encompasses around 60% of the island. Bring your own tent if you are planning on camping. <br />Some of the campgrounds are a bit remote and require ferry rides or trips down dirt roads, so be sure to&nbsp; allow some time for the journey. &nbsp;This is a great place enjoy the slow pace of island life.<br /><br /></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-66771084948444448952014-02-07T15:53:00.002-04:002014-02-07T15:53:52.925-04:00List of Beaches on Culebra Island<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v-FNbZvhQVM/UvU5y3m4SUI/AAAAAAAADhc/zsjbXg41Nus/s1600/Culebra_pl%C3%A1%C5%BE_Flamenco2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v-FNbZvhQVM/UvU5y3m4SUI/AAAAAAAADhc/zsjbXg41Nus/s1600/Culebra_pl%C3%A1%C5%BE_Flamenco2.jpg" height="212" width="320" /></a></div><div><span style="font-family: sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: sans-serif;">Here is a list of the beaches on Culebra. &nbsp;The only beach which allows camping is Flamenco. &nbsp;Some of these beaches are only accessable by automobile or private boat.<br /></span></div><ul style="background-color: white; font-family: sans-serif; list-style-image: url(data:image/png; margin: 0.3em 0px 0px 1.6em; padding: 0px;"><li style="margin-bottom: 0.1em;"><span style="font-size: x-small;"><span style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">Flamenco Beach (Ranked # 2 in the top 10 most exotic beaches in the world. Allows camping.)</span></span></li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Brava Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Las Vacas Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Larga Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Pueblo Español</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Punta Soldado Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Resaca Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;"><a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/carlos-rosario-beach-isla-culebra.html" target="_blank">Carlos Rosarito Beach</a></li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;"><a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/carlos-rosario-beach-isla-culebra.html" target="_blank">Tamarindo Beach</a></li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Tortuga Beach</li><li style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.200000762939453px; margin-bottom: 0.1em;">Zoni Beach</li></ul></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-3769852290771114722014-02-07T15:48:00.002-04:002014-02-07T15:48:34.557-04:00Tourism in Culebra, Puerto Rico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Culebra is a popular weekend tourist destination for many, including mainland Puerto Ricans, Americans as well as residents of <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/p/camping-on-vieques.html" target="_blank">Vieques</a>. Because of the "arid" nature of Culebra there is no run-off from rivers or streams. This results in very clear waters around the beautiful archipelago.<br /><br />Culebra has many beautiful beaches including the famous Flamenco Beach (Playa Flamenco). Flamenco can be reached by shuttle buses from the ferry dock. Playa Flamenco extends for a mile with white coral sand which is framed beautifully by the arid tree-covered hills. Playa Flamenco is also protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as a Marine Wildlife Reserve.<br /><br />The area that is west of Flamenco Beach as well as the adjacent Flamenco Point were used for joint-United States Navy/Marine Corps military exercises until 1975. Many military relics, which include a couple of tanks, still remain. Culebra and Vieques offered the U.S. military an experience of great value to the battles in the Pacific as a feasible training area for the Fleet Marine Force in amphibious exercises for beach landings and naval gunfire support testing. Culebra and <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/p/camping-on-vieques.html" target="_blank">Vieques</a> were the two components of the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range Inner Range. In recent years, only the shortened term "Inner Range" was used.<br /><br />Some of the other beaches in the area are only accessible by private car or boats. Of the smaller islands, only Culebrita and Luis Peña permit visitors and can be accessible via water taxis from Culebra. Hiking as well as nature photography are encouraged on these small islands. However, activities which would disturb the nature reserves on these islands are prohibited. These include camping, littering and use of motor vehicles. <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/camping-information-flamenco-beach.html" target="_blank">Camping</a>, however, is allowed on Playa Flamenco throughout the year. Culebra is also a popular destination for scuba divers because of the many reefs throughout the archipelago and the crystal clear waters.<br />.</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-68174792902407661132014-01-24T16:53:00.003-04:002014-01-24T16:53:54.006-04:00Nude Beaches on Culebra, Puerto Rico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><b>Are there any nude beaches in Culebra?</b><br /><br />Many people wonder if there are any nude beaches on Culebra or if Flamenco beach has a nude sunbathing section. &nbsp;The official answer is no. &nbsp;There are no official nude beaches on the island of Culebra and Flamenco beach does <i>not</i>&nbsp;have a nude section. <br /><br />With that being said, there are places that some people who sometimes sunbathe nude around the island of Culebra. &nbsp;While sunbathing in the nude will get you in trouble on Flamenco beach and is not advised, there are many private areas that can be reached where sunbathing in the nude should not be a problem.<br /><br />One of these areas is near <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/carlos-rosario-beach-isla-culebra.html" target="_blank">Playa Tamarindo</a>. &nbsp;Once you reach the beach, follow the sand to the rocky section. &nbsp;On the other side is a somewhat private area where people have been known to sunbathe in the nude. &nbsp;If the area is too busy, you can continue past the rocks and head further away from the crowds and find privacy. &nbsp;One of the amazing things about Culebra is that there are many beaches free of crowds.</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-46756393805028414772014-01-24T16:46:00.000-04:002014-01-24T16:46:13.353-04:00Where to rent a tent on Culebra?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Many people would rather rent a tent while camping on Flamenco beach than bringing one with them. &nbsp;This is understandable, as campers who are just spending a few days on the island may not want to carry a bunch of heavy gear with them. &nbsp;If you are only spending a few nights on the island and have other plans while visiting Puerto Rico, you may want to consider renting a tent or buying a cheap hammock.<br /><br />One place to rent a tent is at Tent City. &nbsp;It is located at one of the kiosks right on Flamenco Beach. &nbsp;Tent City rents tents as well as other camping gear. &nbsp;Examples include mattresses, propane stoves and flashlights. &nbsp;Tent City also sells hammocks, both premade and some that they make on site. &nbsp;The most recent rates for a tent rental from Tent City is $20 a night, although this rate is subject to change. &nbsp;Tent City also charges a deposit (around $50) for a tent. <br /><br />Tent City can be reached at 787-226-0232. &nbsp;Their hours are often quite sporadic and are generally closed in the evenings. &nbsp;It is best to get to Flamenco Beach in the morning. &nbsp;If this is not possible, have a back up plan if you want to rent a tent. &nbsp;One thing that many people like to do is take a <a href="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";" target="_blank">hammock</a> with them and spend the first night in a hammock. &nbsp;The weather is pleasant enough year round to do this. &nbsp;Make sure to bring a small <a href="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";" target="_blank">fold up tarp</a> with you if you sleep outside, as it often does rain in this area of the world, and the rain really does pour.<br /><br />Staying in a <a href="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";" target="_blank">hammock</a> is a very enjoyable experience and allows you to look up at the stars and wake up to the jungle and beach surroundings. &nbsp;There are enough trees that are close together to easily find a place to hang a hammock. &nbsp;</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-41184049882963095412014-01-17T14:12:00.003-04:002014-01-17T14:12:40.412-04:00Is it Safe to camp on Culebra and Vieques?<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div>One question that comes up regarding camping on both Vieques and Culebra is safety. &nbsp;There are many people who camp on Isla Culebra and Vieques every year, and very few people have any problems. &nbsp;In fact, the camp facilities on both islands are well watched over, both with offices and staff that ensure the safety of their guests. &nbsp;</div><br />On <b>Flamenco beach</b>, the camp area is secure, with a guard area just beyond the entrance gate. &nbsp;Employees of the camp area often walk through the pathways, making sure that the camp area is clean and safe for all their guests. <br /><br />On <b>Vieques</b>, groundspeople and guards watch the camp area constantly. &nbsp;There is an overnight guard that patrols the area outside of the camp during the night. &nbsp;During the day the camp area is busy with both day and overnight guests. &nbsp;Equipment is often left out while people go to one of the nearby towns, on a tour, or swim at one of Vieque's beautiful beaches. &nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>While one can never guarantee that nothing will go wrong, the truth is, camping on either Vieques or Culebra is an excellent choice. &nbsp;Both campgrounds are family friendly. &nbsp;They are well watched over and are, overall, very safe. &nbsp;Enjoy your stay!</div></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-83908013725816269722013-01-26T13:33:00.001-04:002014-01-24T16:47:25.130-04:00Camping Information: Flamenco Beach Campground, Culebra, Puerto Rico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">Flamenco Beach campground is the most popular camping area in Puerto Rico, and with good reason.&nbsp; Hundreds of spots for tents exist next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.&nbsp; Coconut palms line the campground and beach area, offering shade and a barrier from the wind to those who are visiting Flamenco Beach.&nbsp; <br /><br />Flamenco Beach campsite offers an excellent change in pace for a traveler to Puerto Rico.&nbsp; Even if you do not consider yourself to be much of a <i>camper</i>, there is something for everyone here.&nbsp; So why&nbsp; not slow down and unwind for a while at Flamenco Beach?&nbsp; You will be glad you did.<br /><br />Nearby kiosks rent out camping gear and sell food and every supply one may need for a successful and comfortable camping experience.&nbsp; Mother nature's beauty is on full display.&nbsp; There are plenty of things to do at the beach, whether it is relaxing under a palm tree, swimming, or snorkeling at nearby Carlos Rosario Beach.&nbsp; If you are interested in photography, there are few places as stunning as Flamenco Beach and the surrounding area.&nbsp; If you want to lay in a hammock and read a book, there are places to purchase a hammock right on the beach (or purchase your own good <a href="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";">inexpensive hammock</a><img alt="" border="0" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" height="1" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> before visiting the island).<br /><br />Taxi service will take you to and from the island via the <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/getting-to-culebra-via-ferry.html" target="_blank">ferry terminal</a>, so renting a car is not necessary.&nbsp;&nbsp; Bike rentals are available through a variety of shops located on the island.&nbsp; Renting a bike while on Culebra is highly recommended.&nbsp; Some bike rental outfitters also offer snorkeling equipment and tours.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GjseHMqnwNU/UQQS5iK2kiI/AAAAAAAABv4/rWXtLm295b0/s1600/IMG_1306.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GjseHMqnwNU/UQQS5iK2kiI/AAAAAAAABv4/rWXtLm295b0/s640/IMG_1306.JPG" height="358" width="640" /></a><br /><br />For more information on camping in Culebra, contact the Flamenco Campground Office below:<br /><br /><div class="paragraph" style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flamencobeachcampground.com/" target="_blank" title="">Flamenco Campground Office:</a><br />(787) 742-0700<br /><br />Daily rate to pitch a tent: $20<br />Maximum occupants per tent: 6 people<br />Check in time: from 8:00 am<br />Check out time: before 4:00 pm <br /><br /><i>Also See</i>: <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2014/01/where-to-rent-tent-on-culebra.html" target="_blank">Where to Rent a Tent on Culebra</a></div><br /></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-11559787515045474632013-01-25T16:39:00.001-04:002013-01-26T13:14:17.565-04:00The Best Guidebooks for Visiting Puerto Rico.<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--XTifvzF39U/UQQOzJMkDQI/AAAAAAAABvg/ler5zGguRIA/s1600/IMG_1023.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--XTifvzF39U/UQQOzJMkDQI/AAAAAAAABvg/ler5zGguRIA/s400/IMG_1023.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/"><br />Puerto Rico (Regional Travel Guide)</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /><br />-Lonely Planet Guide Books<br /><br />This is probably the #1 book that people purchase when going to Puerto Rico. &nbsp;Not only does this book contain a great deal of information on Culebra, but it also covers the island of Puerto Rico itself in great detail. &nbsp;There are plenty of maps and information to make a trip to Puerto Rico a successful one. <br /><br />I recommend having a guide book when visiting Puerto Rico (or anyplace you may visit) for a variety of reasons. &nbsp;First, a guidebook will lessen the hassle out of traveling. &nbsp;Knowing what to expect will save you money. &nbsp;A good guide will give you an idea how to get from place to place, what to expect to pay at various places, and various ways to get from place to place. <br /><br />The Lonely Planet Puerto Rico guide is filled to the brim with information that will help you get the most out of your trip. &nbsp;No matter how you are traveling -- whether it be alone on a camping adventure, or with a family looking for adventure -- this book has something for you. &nbsp;With the Lonely Planet Puerto Rico guide, you will be able to maximize the time you spend on the island. <br /><br />With this book, you can decide:</span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; line-height: 20px;" /></span><br /><ul style="text-align: left;"><li><span style="color: #333333; font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">Which part of Puerto Rico do you want to visit? &nbsp;</span></li><li><span style="color: #333333; font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">What areas of Puerto Rico are good for children?</span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">Do you want to bike ride or hike while on the island? &nbsp;This guide will show you where the best spots are.</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">Do you enjoy an alternative lifestyle? &nbsp;This book will show you the hot spots and the up and coming places to visit while in Puerto Rico.</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">How to live like the locals. &nbsp;Where do the local Puerto Ricans enjoy visiting and what do they recommend when visiting their island?</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">What restaurants are truly unique? &nbsp;Where to find the best Puerto Rican food?</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">What is Puerto Rican street food like? &nbsp;What should you expect to pay?</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">Are there any dangerous areas in Puerto Rico or any other nuisances you should be aware of?</span></span></li><li><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">What is local Puerto Rican food like? &nbsp;</span></span></li></ul><div><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit; line-height: 20px;">If you have never been to Puerto Rico before or even if you have been to the island a few times, this is perhaps the best book you can find on Puerto Rico.</span></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /><br /><br />If you are on a budget and going to Puerto Rico, this guide may be better for you than the Lonely Planet guide that is reviewed above. &nbsp;The rough guide is written more towards the backpacker and budget traveler and contains much of the same information that the Lonely Planet guide contains. <br /><br />Where this book shines is how it points you towards the cheaper restaurants. &nbsp;If you are traveling without wanting to spend a lot on food, many of the more expensive restaurants in the Lonely Planet guide may be irrelevant to you. &nbsp;The Rough guide also holds a great deal of information on the island of Culebra as well as Vieques (and other smaller islands around Puerto Rico). <br /><br />The Rough Guide to Puerto Rico also gives a great deal of cultural information on the island, which makes it a great way to learn something about the people of this great island before you visit. </span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">Explorer's Guide San Juan, Vieques &amp; Culebra: A Great Destination (Second Edition) (Explorer's Great Destinations)</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> <br /><br />If you are going to Puerto Rico only to visit Culebra or Vieques, this is a great book. &nbsp;The book also has information on San Juan (as most people visiting the outlying islands will be passing through San Juan, and the city is highly worth exploring). &nbsp;This book has a wealth of information available for a person who wants to know just about everything about Culebra and Vieques.</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-54865952591271025052013-01-20T18:52:00.002-04:002014-01-24T16:54:54.584-04:00Carlos Rosario Beach and Playa Tamarindo, Isla Culebra<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AECgrcI5ehE/UPxxaaRFKBI/AAAAAAAABjI/qMUI3XJjIr8/s1600/Carlos_Rosario_Tamarindo_Map.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AECgrcI5ehE/UPxxaaRFKBI/AAAAAAAABjI/qMUI3XJjIr8/s400/Carlos_Rosario_Tamarindo_Map.jpg" height="382" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">If you are camping on Flamenco, you may have heard of a couple of nearby beaches where many visitors go to snorkel or get away from some of the crowds on Flamenco beach.&nbsp; One of these beaches is called Carlos Rosario beach, and it is a great place to spend a day if you looking for a calmer place or if you want to experience some of the best snorkeling on the island.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p0d1UBlcTZY/UPxxTkLXKHI/AAAAAAAABi4/uBpjHp5ybaw/s1600/IMG_1360.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-p0d1UBlcTZY/UPxxTkLXKHI/AAAAAAAABi4/uBpjHp5ybaw/s320/IMG_1360.JPG" height="178" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The gate leading to Carlos Rosario and Tamarindo Beaches.</td></tr></tbody></table>Carlos Rosario beach can be reached via a trail that begins at the corner far corner of the parking lot, opposite of the area where taxis pick up and drop people off.&nbsp; The trail starts at a fence that is chained yet open enough for a person to easily slip through.&nbsp; As the camping administrator says, pay no attention to the "warning" sign that is on the gate.&nbsp; It is perfectly safe to take the trail through the forest to the beaches that lie beyond the hill.<br /><br />Once you slip through the fence you will notice that the trail continues on, gradually rising in elevation.&nbsp; There is a small hill that you will climb.&nbsp; At the top you will be presented with an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean as well as some islands and rock outcroppings in the distance.&nbsp; Once you have made it here, the rest of the journey is downhill.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_EHSCDPcIkc/UPxxLdkaQUI/AAAAAAAABiU/tLw60b4Ld3A/s1600/IMG_1307.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_EHSCDPcIkc/UPxxLdkaQUI/AAAAAAAABiU/tLw60b4Ld3A/s640/IMG_1307.JPG" height="356" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The pathway to Carlos Rosario and Playa Tamarindo, Culebra.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">At the bottom you are presented with two options.&nbsp; The first is Playa Tamarindo.&nbsp; This beach is smaller than Carlos Rosario and is a nice place to relax.&nbsp; Although there are no nude beaches on Culebra, sometimes people use the private beach area that is beyond the rocks at the end of Playa Tamarindo as a <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2014/01/nude-beaches-on-culebra-puerto-rico.html" target="_blank">nude beach</a> area.&nbsp; If you continue past the rocks you will find another private beach area that is rarely visited.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zLY4QhB57tQ/UPxxUBlKZJI/AAAAAAAABi8/CHpg9jfGz2s/s1600/IMG_1314.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zLY4QhB57tQ/UPxxUBlKZJI/AAAAAAAABi8/CHpg9jfGz2s/s400/IMG_1314.JPG" height="223" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Carlos Rosario on Isla Culebra offers amazing snorkeling.</td></tr></tbody></table>If you continue along the main path ignoring Playa Tamarindo, you will reach the end of the trail at Carlos Rosario Beach.&nbsp; This is one of the best places to snorkel on the island.&nbsp; You can rent snorkeling equipment for $10 a day from some of the taxis.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2014/01/where-to-rent-tent-on-culebra.html" target="_blank">Tent City</a> also rents out snorkel equipment at the campsite.&nbsp; Ask for prices.&nbsp; <br /><br />Playa Tamarindo can get quite busy as boat tours oftentimes take people to this beach.&nbsp; The best snorkeling is found at the left side of the beach, near the beginning of the trail.&nbsp; Be careful to not touch or step on the reef and do not touch any of the fish.&nbsp; Stone Fish and Cone Shells can be deadly.&nbsp; Also be on the lookout for Sea Urchins, which can turn a pleasant day at the beach into a painful experience.<br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ibiqHsvfQSc/UPxxRhi1AgI/AAAAAAAABiw/bq_qDX3q_mk/s1600/IMG_1315.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ibiqHsvfQSc/UPxxRhi1AgI/AAAAAAAABiw/bq_qDX3q_mk/s640/IMG_1315.JPG" height="355" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Carlos Rosario Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico.</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There are no facilities at either of these beaches.&nbsp; They are, however, a great place to bring a small picnic lunch or to watch the sunset.&nbsp; There are few places better to watch the sun set than on Carlos Rosario Beach. </div><br />Enjoy this short video of Carlos Rosario Beach:<br /><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="344" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/W5XgrGypqVg" width="459"></iframe></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-302591608388572672013-01-19T12:07:00.004-04:002013-01-21T21:13:51.214-04:00Culebra versus Vieques<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k9hY2irpNs4/UPrDbmrZiTI/AAAAAAAABd8/fShlqgEA2HY/s1600/IMG_1114.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k9hY2irpNs4/UPrDbmrZiTI/AAAAAAAABd8/fShlqgEA2HY/s320/IMG_1114.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico.</td></tr></tbody></table>&nbsp;Which to visit: Culebra or Vieques?&nbsp; This was the question looming on my mind as I was preparing a recent eleven day visit to Puerto Rico.&nbsp; I was traveling on somewhat of a budget, on winter break from law school, and wanted to relax and enjoy some camping with my wife away from the cold weather of New York.&nbsp; <i>So what would it be?</i> I asked myself.&nbsp; I had spent days reading as much information as I could about both islands and wanted to make sure that we would get the most of out of our vacation.&nbsp; <br /><br />Looking at various websites and travel guides, it was very hard to make the decision.&nbsp; After having spent a month meandering our way through Central America and two months exploring Thailand, an eleven day trip seemed somewhat brief.&nbsp; However, since I would be camping, or "roughing it" as some call it, I figured that eleven days may be enough before I find myself missing the futon in my shoe box sized Manhattan apartment.&nbsp; <br /><br />It then hit me, <i>why not do both?&nbsp; </i>It would be cheaper than renting a car on the main island of Puerto Rico or a lot less of a hassle than dealing with getting around by publico to various campsites.&nbsp; I also realized that it would probably be a lot cheaper in the end.&nbsp; I have since learned that when budget traveling, a good way to save money includes not moving from place to place as much.&nbsp; Therefore, planning to spend most of our Puerto Rico vacation on the islands of Vieques and Culebra seemed like a great idea.&nbsp; Furthermore, since both of the campgrounds, Sun Bay on Vieques and Flamenco on Culebra, did not require advance reservations, it seemed like a great idea for a trip.<br /><br /><b>Vieques</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oIlZcVAhH-s/UPrD0K1aC9I/AAAAAAAABeU/BynraV3bXho/s1600/IMG_1079.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="178" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oIlZcVAhH-s/UPrD0K1aC9I/AAAAAAAABeU/BynraV3bXho/s320/IMG_1079.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Sun Bay Sunset on Vieques.</td></tr></tbody></table>The next question was <i>"which island to visit first?"</i>&nbsp; This question was immediately answered upon reaching the ferry terminal in Fajardo.&nbsp; The line snaked down the block and around the corner for the ferry to Culebra.&nbsp; Yet, there was a small line of only a few people for the Vieques ferry.&nbsp; Vieques it would be.&nbsp; We were told we could reserve a ticket for Culebra and we gladly did.&nbsp; This was rather easy, but I could not help but feel bad for those who would be spending most of the day waiting for a ferry to Culebra.&nbsp; As we left the ticket booth we noticed that the ferry to Culebra would be full and everyone would have to wait for a 1:00 ticket.&nbsp; A wait of almost 5 hours!&nbsp; <br /><br />Arriving at Vieques was exciting.&nbsp; The ferry pulled up to the ferry terminal after a long voyage on rough seas.&nbsp; People spilled off the ferry into the town of Isabel II, making their way to publicos and taxis that were headed to various spots around the island.&nbsp; At first it was chaos.&nbsp; We stood, waiting with our gear, until a publico for Sun Bay arrived.&nbsp; A few minutes later we were taken across the green and hilly interior of the island and over a crest where we could see the Caribbean before us.&nbsp; What an awesome view!&nbsp; We were let off at Sun Bay and began to look for the campground.<br /><br />Sun Bay was different than expected.&nbsp; Maybe it was the fact that I had been stuck with the cold weather of the north for a while now, but I was greatly impressed with the beach.&nbsp; Palm trees were scattered everywhere, sand went on as the beach curved in the distance.&nbsp; Toward the horizon was an island with shallow water that one could wade across to get to.&nbsp; But that would have to wait.&nbsp; It was time to find the campground.&nbsp; <br /><br />The first thing I noticed upon reaching the camp site was that there were hardly anyone present.&nbsp; In fact, even the registration office was closed.&nbsp; Luckily, we met a couple of men who were camping for a month and they told us that the office was generally closed later in the day, but we could pay the $10 a night fee in the morning.&nbsp; That seemed to be the norm there, after talking to others that were arriving or who had been at the campsite.&nbsp; We were even told that one person lived at the campsite and worked at a restaurant in the nearby town.&nbsp; After seeing the beach and comparing the slow laid back lifestyle of Vieques with the more hectic lifestyle that I was used to, I can see why a person would be drawn to live like that for at least a while.&nbsp; <br /><br />After setting up camp, we made our way to the town of Esperanza.&nbsp; Most of the town flanks the coast, with small restaurants and tour companies for the bio bay commanding the best real estate (and views).&nbsp; There was a couple small grocery stores in town to purchase needed provisions.&nbsp; The walk along the beach into town is picturesque.&nbsp; In fact, I noticed a few campers opted out of staying in the campground, instead setting up elaborate camps near the shore and on the peninsula close to town.&nbsp; One such set up reminded me of something one may see on an African safari, with a military style green tent that could fit perhaps a dozen men and a couple of jeeps parked near by.&nbsp; I was immediately jealous.<br /><br />My four day, three night stay on Vieques allowed me to visit the bio bay, explore Isabel II and Esperanza, and take in some of the sites of the interior of the island.&nbsp; There is much to see on Vieques, and frankly, four days is not enough.&nbsp; With that said, I enjoyed the island greatly and would love to one day return.&nbsp; It is a quiet island full of surprises.&nbsp; Snorkeling near Sun Bay was excellent, and there are chances to see Barracuda, Eagle Rays and even some Nurse Sharks (sadly I did not see the latter two).&nbsp; <br /><br /><b>Culebra</b><br /><b><br /></b>It was now time to change islands.&nbsp; Although I was leaving Vieques, I was thrilled to be getting to see Culebra.&nbsp; Even though Culebra is less populated than Vieques, it seems to be the popular choice for a visit.&nbsp; At first, I wondered <i>what could be so different about these two islands?&nbsp; </i>I soon would find out.<br /><br />Even though I purchased tickets in advance for the ferry to Culebra, I wondered if I would actually get a seat.&nbsp; I spent most of the time on the ferry back from Vieques wondering, but upon arriving at the ferry terminal in Fajardo, I found that the ferry would not even be filling up.&nbsp; There were maybe thirty or forty people on board when the ferry finally pulled out, and many of these people were locals who lived on Culebra.&nbsp; <br /><br />The journey to Culebra was far more interesting than that to Vieques.&nbsp; I was able to sit up top outside and take in the view of many small islands and the seemingly unending Atlantic on the horizon.&nbsp; An hour later the ferry arrived in Dewey, the main town of Culebra, and I was starting to really get excited.&nbsp; <br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9k1G1ycMA1Y/UPrD6u4u3OI/AAAAAAAABec/y-n_3C5-b0k/s1600/IMG_1312.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9k1G1ycMA1Y/UPrD6u4u3OI/AAAAAAAABec/y-n_3C5-b0k/s320/IMG_1312.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Carlos Rosario Beach on Culebra.</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>Dewey is a picturesque little town that fills up the area between the ocean and Ensenada Honda, the inlet where many boats drop anchor.&nbsp; Publicos, like on Vieques, are plentiful and getting a ride to Flamenco Beach was a breeze.&nbsp; Unlike Sun Bay, Flamenco Beach Campground was packed.&nbsp; This would change as I spent the next week or so on the island.&nbsp; Unlike Sun Bay, where the campsites are open to the ocean, the Flamenco campsites are mostly blocked by palm trees and thick bushes.&nbsp; That means that unless you are one of the lucky few in area E, your tent won't face the ocean.&nbsp; That wasn't a big deal to me, however, as the beach was a few steps away from where I finally set up camp.<br /><br />Unlike Sun Bay, Flamenco Beach has a few kiosks where one can easily eat.&nbsp; However, Sun Bay was much closer to a town with cheap groceries.&nbsp; On Culebra, if you do not want to pay the higher prices for food at the kiosks, you have to either walk to town (30 minutes one way) or pay $3 one way for a publico.&nbsp; This wasn't a huge deal to me, but it may be for someone who is staying long term or who is budgeting.&nbsp; <br /><br />Both Flamenco Beach and Sun Bay are close to other beaches that one can walk to.&nbsp; Carlos Rosario and Playa Tamirindo are very close to Flamenco Beach and are relatively unvisited compared to Flamenco Beach.&nbsp; Hiking to these beaches was a pleasure and I really enjoyed the time that I was able to spend snorkeling here.<br /><br />Another thing I loved about Culebra was the ability to hunt for fresh coconut.&nbsp; Finding and drinking from a young coconut on Culebra was a pleasure that I had not experienced before.&nbsp; Many people were hunting for coconuts and sometimes it was a challenge to find one.&nbsp; <br /><br />I must say, when I finally did leave Culebra I was sad to go.&nbsp; I really enjoyed my time on Culebra, and would have loved to stay longer.&nbsp; I can see why some people spend months on the island.&nbsp; <br /><b><br />Conclusion</b><br /><br />I am very glad I went to both islands.&nbsp; It is hard for me to pick a favorite.&nbsp; I think that most people probably choose Culebra to visit.&nbsp; Flamenco Beach is a wonderful campsite and, tucked in between the hills and the sea, it's truly a slice of Paradise.&nbsp; With that said, I had a great time at Sun Bay and would definitely go back.&nbsp; Sun Bay is truly an underrated beach.&nbsp; If I had to choose one and had never beach camped before, I may go with Flamenco Beach on Culebra.&nbsp; This would be true, especially if I did not rent a car.&nbsp; Hiking to the nearby beaches of Carlos Rosario and Playa Tamarindo was a pleasure, and an amazing place to watch the sunset.&nbsp; Both Culebra and Vieques, however, are quite different and are both worth a visit if you have the time. &nbsp;&nbsp; Vieques has a lot to see that I was unable to see, and I wish I would have been able to take the time and visit some of the other beaches as well as the mile long pier that is said to offer amazing snorkeling.&nbsp; I am sure that one day I will return and be able to do that.<br /><b><br />Further Points</b><br /><br /><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Both beaches have nearby snorkeling.&nbsp; I liked the snorkeling a little more at Carlos Rosario on Culebra.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Sun Bay on Vieques has less people than Flamenco Beach on Culebra.&nbsp; It is also $10 per night to camp on Sun Bay instead of $20 a night for Flamenco Beach.&nbsp; With that said both beaches are gorgeous.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Sun Bay is closer to a town, but does not have kiosks on site.&nbsp; Vieques also has the best Bio Bay in the world according to most sources.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Vieques is a larger island with more to explore, but having a vehicle on Vieques is a good idea if you really want to see everything.&nbsp; I found that not having a vehicle is fine on Culebra, but would want to rent one if I went back to Vieques.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Getting to Vieques is a lot easier than getting to Culebra during the weekend and busy times.</li></ul><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Both beaches get quiet at night, but Sun Bay is truly silent once the sun goes down.&nbsp; However, if you are interested in getting out at night, Esperanza is close by.&nbsp; </li></ul><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">----</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This post is a guest post by <b>J.R.A.</b></span> creator of the blog <a href="http://thevegangypsies.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">The Vegan Gypsies</a>.</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-55821598752757943532013-01-18T15:42:00.001-04:002013-01-18T15:42:55.103-04:00Budgeting for Culebra<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BlplDRXXf40/UPmllvn1D0I/AAAAAAAABdo/OM1O6qjQDz4/s1600/IMG_1286.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BlplDRXXf40/UPmllvn1D0I/AAAAAAAABdo/OM1O6qjQDz4/s320/IMG_1286.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A typical campsite set up at Flamenco Beach.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Many people enjoy camping on Culebra because it is, overall, an inexpensive way to visit the Caribbean.&nbsp; However, one must keep in mind that staying at the Flamenco Beach Campground can add up, especially if one does most of their eating at the local kiosks or travels into town regularly via taxis.&nbsp; Therefore, it is important that the visitor, especially the long-term camper, has a budget.&nbsp; <br /><br />I have come in contact with my people who have been at Flamenco Beach camping for a month or more.&nbsp; Some individuals have no plans on leaving.&nbsp; Others have been island hopping from the Virgin Islands or the Domincan Republic, and are staying a while on Culebra for a change of pace.&nbsp; In order to do this, you should have a rough idea of what things will cost you while on the island.<br /><br />Keep in mind that the prices often change.<br /><br />Ferry Ticket:&nbsp; $2.50 each way.<br />Camping: $20 per night.<br />Tent Rental: $20 per night (it is better to purchase one at the local Wal-Mart or bring one with you.<br />Taxi: $3 per person one way from Culebra to Dewey or Airport.<br />Hammock: $20 for a good hammock.&nbsp; The one listed below is a compact one that many travelers recommend.<br /><iframe frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"></iframe> <br />Food prices vary on the island.&nbsp; I have posted a few menus to give you an idea of what to expect.&nbsp; However, if you are staying on the island for a long time, you will want to stock up on groceries and produce.&nbsp; It is possible to walk into town instead of taking a taxi.&nbsp; If you do this, you may want to walk into town early in the morning before it becomes hot.&nbsp; You can then take a taxi back for $3 if you purchase a lot of things.&nbsp; <br /><br />Items at the grocery store are not too expensive.&nbsp; They are a little higher than the mainland due to the cost of shipping goods over, but are still comparable to princes in many areas of the continental United States.&nbsp; See the <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/grocery-stores-on-culebra-island-puerto.html" target="_blank">grocery store article</a> for more information.<br /><br />Of course one must keep in mind the cost of getting from San Jose to Fajardo (and eventually back), which can vary greatly depending on how you go about doing it.&nbsp; If you are taking a taxi, it will probably be around $60 for a taxi.&nbsp; If you are staying at a hostel or hotel in San Juan before heading out to Culebra, consider asking around.&nbsp; Many people often find traveling companions to share a van with.&nbsp; Sometimes the charge for a ten person van is around $120, but if you can arrange enough people you may end up paying around $15-20 a person.&nbsp; If you are taking a publico, prices will vary depending on how full the publicos are.&nbsp; It is possible to get to Fajardo from San Juan for $5-10, even though some drivers will try to charge you as much as $15 a person. <br /><br />A few examples of menus from around town have been posted below.&nbsp; Click on the links to enlarge the images.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWTNo7jcjdE/UPmlE1j2ksI/AAAAAAAABdQ/g3yEPzRuMus/s1600/IMG_1268.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWTNo7jcjdE/UPmlE1j2ksI/AAAAAAAABdQ/g3yEPzRuMus/s320/IMG_1268.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sH3bjFQPYf8/UPmlIw6sWDI/AAAAAAAABdY/Q3LuPvnw0-k/s1600/IMG_1199.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sH3bjFQPYf8/UPmlIw6sWDI/AAAAAAAABdY/Q3LuPvnw0-k/s320/IMG_1199.jpg" width="240" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8ffEXqU94Us/UPmlBf-WQ8I/AAAAAAAABdI/dL87iBAq_Sg/s1600/IMG_1292.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8ffEXqU94Us/UPmlBf-WQ8I/AAAAAAAABdI/dL87iBAq_Sg/s320/IMG_1292.jpg" width="240" /></a><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JcDu6dL39b8/UPmlL7iabMI/AAAAAAAABdg/JfaMBJkTA8s/s1600/IMG_1266.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JcDu6dL39b8/UPmlL7iabMI/AAAAAAAABdg/JfaMBJkTA8s/s320/IMG_1266.JPG" width="320" /></a></div></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-17803880166884947392013-01-18T15:18:00.000-04:002013-01-18T15:18:33.815-04:00Getting to Culebra via Ferry<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OhO6LfD2Y1M/UPmfhD602XI/AAAAAAAABck/Dpy7f_Uaw_Y/s1600/IMG_1378.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OhO6LfD2Y1M/UPmfhD602XI/AAAAAAAABck/Dpy7f_Uaw_Y/s320/IMG_1378.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The ferry terminal in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.</td></tr></tbody></table><br />Sometimes getting to Culebra from Fajardo via ferry can be somewhat of a challenge.&nbsp; This is because of the popularity of the island, especially during weekends and summer.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you have been to the ferry terminal in Fajardo you have noticed that there are two lines.&nbsp; One line is for tickets to Vieques and another line is for Culebra.&nbsp; The line for Vieques is generally a lot shorter than the line to Culebra.&nbsp; In fact, it is possible that there will be nobody in the Vieques line while the Culebra line has close to a hundred people waiting for tickets.&nbsp; That being said, Culebra ferries are often overbooked early in the morning.<br /><br />The 9:00 AM ferry to Culebra is the most popular ferry.&nbsp; This is because many people are going to Culebra for the day.&nbsp; They want to spend as much time on the island as possible.&nbsp; With that being said, there are people that will arrive before dawn and wait in line.&nbsp; If you are arriving at around 7:00 or 8:00 on a weekend day, you may not get a ticket for the early ferry and have to wait in line for the next ferry, which is at 1:00 PM.&nbsp; <br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zi-3uFtfx3Q/UPmfoGgiXCI/AAAAAAAABc0/DYP1AWuHdL8/s1600/IMG_1231.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zi-3uFtfx3Q/UPmfoGgiXCI/AAAAAAAABc0/DYP1AWuHdL8/s320/IMG_1231.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A view of Culebra from the ferry.</td></tr></tbody></table>One tip is to <b>buy your tickets a day or two in advance</b>.&nbsp; If you are going to both Vieques and Culebra, consider going to Vieques first, or if you have rented a car, make a stop over in Fajardo a day or two before going to the island.&nbsp; You could do this when you are going to El Yunque National Forest for example.&nbsp; If you are camping, consider going to the ferry terminal to get tickets and spending a night at <a href="http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/seven-seas-beach-fajardo/" target="_blank">Seven Seas Campground</a>.&nbsp; You can hire a publico or taxi from the ferry terminal to take you to Seven Seas for the night.<br /><br />You can reserve your ticket to Culebra at a reservations trailer that is located near the regular ticket booth.&nbsp; If you need help finding it, just ask one of the local workers.&nbsp; A reservation can easily be purchased so you will not have to worry about the hassle of waiting in line on the day you want to leave.&nbsp; Many people are often told that they will have to wait until 1:00 PM as early as 8:00 AM.&nbsp; Sitting in line for five hours is not much fun, especially if your time is limited.<br /><br />Once you have tickets, getting on the ferry and taking it to Culebra is a snap.&nbsp; You will cross the street and wait in line for the ferry itself.&nbsp; The ferry is known as "Big Cat Express" and has three levels.&nbsp; The first level is indoor only, the second is partial indoor and partial outdoor.&nbsp; The third level is for standing only.&nbsp; The view of the islands as you make your way to Culebra is breathtaking.&nbsp; <br /><br />Without any adverse conditions, the ferry should take almost an hour to dock at the island once it pulls off from Fajardo.&nbsp; Sometimes the sea is rough and sitting up higher is recommended if you have trouble with becoming nauseous or getting sea sick.&nbsp; There is no eating on the ferry and the guards will make sure you don't try to slip a cracker, so be warned.&nbsp; <br /><br />There is plenty of food at the ferry terminal for when you are waiting for the ferry.&nbsp; There is a small restaurant a block away if you are waiting for a while, or you can take advantage of William's Pizza, which is located in the ferry terminal.&nbsp; Generally there are vendors outside selling more local items, such as breads and sometimes ice cream and water.&nbsp; In the mornings a doughnut man will sell donuts from his truck.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /></div></div><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AmHViPUYc4aNdGFDRFRQRjVEb3BHc1NjR3FHMHBzZGc&amp;single=true&amp;gid=0&amp;output=html&amp;widget=true" width="500"></iframe></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-42017362192829977682013-01-16T12:02:00.001-04:002013-01-16T12:02:13.309-04:00Guide to Dewey, Puerto Rico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D88wIqv8_CE/UPbOX0Dc63I/AAAAAAAABbg/x3RvoYGe8fM/s1600/Dewey_Town_Map+copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="464" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D88wIqv8_CE/UPbOX0Dc63I/AAAAAAAABbg/x3RvoYGe8fM/s640/Dewey_Town_Map+copy.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />When you arrive to Culebra, either by ferry or by plane, Dewey is the Island's main port of entry.&nbsp; The small town will be the first place you see and it will be where you will most likely get most of your provisions while on Culebra.&nbsp; With this in mind, it is good for the camper or visitor to Culebra to get to know the town right away.&nbsp; <br /><br />Dewey is a very small and easily walkable town that has a good variety of shops and restaurants for the traveler.&nbsp; There are a couple of bakeries, a few <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/grocery-stores-on-culebra-island-puerto.html" target="_blank">grocery stores</a>, and a host of other stores around the island.&nbsp; A full service bank makes getting cash easy.&nbsp; The bank is located near the ferry terminal on the main street, Pedro Marquez.&nbsp; Nearby are two pizza restaurants (William's Pizza and Heather's Pizza), bakery, and a few restaurants.&nbsp; There is also a gift shop nearby if you are looking for souvenirs.&nbsp; <br /><br />If you are camping and have time, it may be a good idea to stop by one of the grocery stores in town before paying $3 to make your way to the campground at Flamenco beach.&nbsp; Publicos are very easy to catch at the ferry terminal and you will not miss out on transportation if you do not get on one right away.&nbsp; <br /><br />Near the ferry terminal is the Information Center that is maintained by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.&nbsp; There is also a U.S. post office just north on the opposite side of Pedro Marquez street.&nbsp; <br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jLPfJQe6vyU/UPbOrPjSHCI/AAAAAAAABbw/8Q_8PfnhUxs/s1600/IMG_1234.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jLPfJQe6vyU/UPbOrPjSHCI/AAAAAAAABbw/8Q_8PfnhUxs/s320/IMG_1234.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Pedro Marquez Street, Dewey, Puerto Rico.</td></tr></tbody></table>The small fruit and vegetable stand across from the post office is a good place to get some fruit.&nbsp; The variety changes almost daily, so be sure to check back often.&nbsp; Quality is different depending on the day and season of the produce that is being sold.&nbsp; With that being said, there is a good variety of items at the produce stand, a variety that the grocery stores of the island do not come close to meeting.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you are a vegetarian or vegan or just trying to eat healthy while on the island, you will want to stop at the produce stand and pick up some fruits and vegetables for your camping trip.<br /><br />The town of Dewey is pretty quiet overall, but more-so on the weekends, especially Sunday and on holidays.&nbsp; Many grocery stores and other stores are not open on Sundays and many do not open in the morning hours.&nbsp; Keep that in mind if you are paying for a publico to take you into the town.<br /><br />There are a couple of small "park" areas in Dewey.&nbsp; One is located on Ensenada Honda, which is the body of water to the north of town.&nbsp; The other is located near the south part, by the ferry terminal.&nbsp; These park areas are small, with a couple of picnic tables, but are both a nice place to relax if you are in town for a while.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGVG6Qs9mjs/UPbOkqX-efI/AAAAAAAABbo/GTSRX68NNxI/s1600/IMG_1295.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGVG6Qs9mjs/UPbOkqX-efI/AAAAAAAABbo/GTSRX68NNxI/s320/IMG_1295.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The small town of Dewey, Puerto Rico.</td></tr></tbody></table>If you want to rent a Jeep or another vehicle on Dewey, head towards the airport to Carlos Jeep Rental.&nbsp; A vehicle is not necessary to enjoy the island, but it makes getting around a lot easier.&nbsp; With that being said, many people do not rent a vehicle while on the island and still enjoy seeing the sites that are easily accessible by foot or by publico.&nbsp; Many of the area beaches can be reached by publico for a small fee ($2-$3 from the ferry terminal or other points in town).&nbsp; <br /><br />A good way to familiarize yourself with the town is to just explore the area.&nbsp; The town is perfectly safe any time of day.&nbsp; It is much more laid back than many other areas that you may have visited so far on your trip.&nbsp; With that in mind, it is not a very large town, but you will find that rarely is everything in town open, so you may find that there are some surprises in store each time you visit.&nbsp; </div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-34054975234816663172013-01-13T21:40:00.000-04:002013-08-05T19:56:04.474-04:00Keep it Natural - Protecting Yourself and the Environment while Camping in Culebra<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" id="internal-source-marker_0.8298406817363907" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-50KtUoP6dX0/UPNe3meMsII/AAAAAAAABao/kpgWKKyOUCE/s1600/IMG_1869.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="180" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-50KtUoP6dX0/UPNe3meMsII/AAAAAAAABao/kpgWKKyOUCE/s320/IMG_1869.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Ok, I admit it. I am sometimes a bit of a Hippy chick. In fact, on my recent trip to Isla Culebra, a man at one of the kiosks even told me I looked like a Hippy. I wanted to ask him if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I didn’t get the chance however, as the kiosk owner began asking me questions about how I wanted my food. I decided to take it as a compliment. I really wouldn’t classify myself as a Hippy, per se, but there are a lot of things about me that may make someone wonder. I care about my body, my well-being, and the environment. And just because I was away from home, didn’t mean that I left those beliefs behind. There were a couple things that I was concerned about while camping. Those were staying clean and keeping the bugs off. I wanted to be sure to do this while also keeping things natural. You don’t have to be a Hippy to take care of yourself and the environment. With a few simple steps, you can have a great and safe camping trip!</span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; clear: right; color: black; float: right; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><span style="background-color: transparent; clear: left; color: black; float: left; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">As you may already be aware, the showers in the camp area of Flamenco Beach are outside and expectedly rough. And they are a bit chilly. There is no drainage system. The water simply disburses on the ground and soaks into the surrounding earth. Anything that is in that water becomes part of the environment. You may remember that you are camping practically in a nature reserve, so what kind of impact are you having? What kind of chemicals are you using in the shower that may be harming the environment, and yourself?</span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: transparent; clear: left; color: black; float: left; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lQD_nsl7mLk/UPNeQtiBX8I/AAAAAAAABag/0s4-P-KNJJE/s320/IMG_0095.JPG" width="240" /></span>A couple years ago I finally gave up on regular bath and beauty products.&nbsp; I had read about all of the </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: transparent; clear: right; color: black; float: right; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span>toxic chemicals that they have in them and was thoroughly disgusted. For instance, shampoo contains not only </span><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">formaldehyde, but many other dangerous chemicals; some that are even used in other products such as oven cleaners! (Read about them </span><a href="http://www.discoverhealthandwealth.com/toxic-ingredients.html"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">here</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.) I did some research and discovered an all natural, all purpose cleaner called Castile soap. You may have heard of this. It has been around since the Middle Ages and was the first recorded soap made without animal fats. Originally it was made with only one type of oil: olive. Now it comes in liquid as well as hard soap form and contains other oils besides olive that give it a great feel and lather. It is completely non-toxic, although you still want to be careful about not getting it in your eyes or it will sting, and it is very gentle on the skin. It won’t hurt you or the environment. I like to get mine through </span><a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/bohemianapothecarium?ref=si_shop" target="_blank"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Bohemian Apothecarium</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">. It is a great product and I like knowing that I am helping a small, family business grow and succeed. </span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Liquid castile soap can be used for so many different things. I was sure to take a bottle of it with me on my camping trip to Culebra. I used it for body wash, shampoo, washing dishes, washing clothes, and as a shaving cream. It was perfect for all of those things. When you go camping, be sure to do the same. You will enjoy knowing that you are not adding toxic chemicals to the beautiful environment that you came to enjoy, as well as keeping yourself healthy.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nm737AWBbK8/UPNgkpETKrI/AAAAAAAABa4/W6ZB0RyUuQA/s1600/Aedes_aegypti_mosquito.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Another all-natural and inexpensive cleaner is simple vinegar. On the way to the beach I stopped and picked up a small bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar at the grocery store for less than $1. It served me well. Vinegar is great for getting things clean, especially oily things. It also makes a great hair rinse. Some people, especially those with oily hair, notice that without toxic shampoo stripping away their hair’s natural and helpful oils, they have a transition period where their hair may be too oily. This is usually only while the hair adjusts. (Mine may be still adjusting.) A simple, natural, and easy way to keep your hair light, clean, and very shiny, is to take a cup of water, add about a tablespoon of vinegar to it and run it through your hair. Let is sit for a minute and then rinse it out. Surprisingly, your hair will not smell like vinegar. The vinegar is safe on your skin and won’t harm the environment. It is a win-win situation. As an added bonus, ACV will darken and bring out red highlights and white vinegar or lemon juice will help to lighten your hair. </span><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></span><span style="color: #0000ee;"><u><span style="color: #0000ee;"></span></u></span></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: center; text-indent: 36pt;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nm737AWBbK8/UPNgkpETKrI/AAAAAAAABa4/W6ZB0RyUuQA/s1600/Aedes_aegypti_mosquito.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nm737AWBbK8/UPNgkpETKrI/AAAAAAAABa4/W6ZB0RyUuQA/s320/Aedes_aegypti_mosquito.jpg" width="320" /></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">My other concern was keeping the mosquitoes away. I think I must smell and taste like chocolate to them because they flock to me and feast all night long, if I let them. Even with commercial insect repellant, I usually end up with at least a few bites. A few of them work pretty good, but what about all those chemicals that it is made with? What about that toxic </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEET#Effects_on_health"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: #1155cc; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">DEET</span></a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">? Remember, DEET is used to kill living things, and you are putting that on your body. It has been shown to be a skin irritant and has even caused seizures in some people. And what about its effects on the environment? DEET has been found to be toxic to some fish and zooplankton. Remember, you are here to enjoy the environment, not destroy it!</span></div></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><br /></div><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Like most things, there is a natural alternative here as well. Many people are finding that it is simple and cheaper to just make up a batch for themselves as needed. I went ahead and made up a batch before my camping trip and it worked fantastically! I wanted to be prepared. Here is a simple recipe that works great:</span></div><h2 dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></h2><h2 dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Wellness Mama Essential Oil Bug Spray</span></h2><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: small;"><u><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Wellness Mama Bug Spray Ingredients:</span></u></span></div><br /><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: square; margin-left: 7px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: square; margin-left: 7px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Natural Witch Hazel [Found in most pharmacies]</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: square; margin-left: 7px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Distilled or boiled Water</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: square; margin-left: 7px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Vegetable glycerin (optional) </span></li></ul><h3 dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;</span></h3><h3 dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">How to Make Homemade Bug Spray:</span></h3><h3 dir="ltr"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 19px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br /></span></h3><ol style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; margin-left: 11px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; margin-left: 11px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; margin-left: 11px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using</span></li><li dir="ltr" style="background-color: transparent; color: black; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: decimal; margin-left: 11px; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too! [If you have extremely sensitive skin, feel free to use less essential oil<span style="font-size: small;">s</span> and add more as needed and able.]</span></li></ol><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">~This and other great recipes at </span><a href="http://wellnessmama.com/2565/homemade-natural-bug-spray-recipes-that-work/"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1155cc; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">wellnessmama.com</span></a><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Camping on Culebra is fun and a great time to be all natural. Protect yourself and the environment by using products that are not toxic. They are simple, easy to find, and easy to use. They are also less expensive than other products on the market. Your body and the environment will thank you. Your hair and skin with look and feel better and you will not be destroying the place that you came to enjoy. </span></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span><br /><div dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-indent: 36pt;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">Keep it Natural Tips</span></div><br /><ul style="margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt; text-align: left;"><ul><li style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Bring a bottle of liquid castile soap to use for body wash, shampoo, shaving cream, washing dishes, washing clothes... anything really.</span></li><li style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; list-style-type: circle; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Use vinegar for a great hair rinse. Mix ~1 Tablespoon with 1 cup water and leave in hair for about a minute, rinse thoroughly. </span></li><li><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">Make and use your own bug repellant.</span></li></ul></ul><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"><br />----</span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;">This post is a guest post by <b>Beverly</b>, creator of the vegan living blog </span><a href="http://windwhisperscreations.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Wind Whispers Creations</a>.&nbsp; <br /><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"> </span></div></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-58039092196765255762013-01-13T16:23:00.000-04:002013-08-05T19:56:35.226-04:00Camping Checklist<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here is a list of items that may be helpful while camping on Culebra.&nbsp; Keep in mind that publicos may charge you for excess gear if it takes up a seat that could otherwise occupied by paying passengers.&nbsp; Even if there is not another passenger aboard, publicos routinely charge for excess baggage, and so do taxis.&nbsp; </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YyHP1mbAt5Y/UPMWjKqna0I/AAAAAAAABZo/aF89jR2IazI/s1600/IMG_1199.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YyHP1mbAt5Y/UPMWjKqna0I/AAAAAAAABZo/aF89jR2IazI/s400/IMG_1199.jpg" width="300" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Publico prices, click to enlarge.</td></tr></tbody></table>Most gear can be purchased in Puerto Rico at various stores.&nbsp; There are a couple of Wal-Marts that are on the main island.&nbsp; Publicos run from the ferry terminal in Fajardo to the nearest Wal-Mart for a few dollars.&nbsp; This may be the cheapest and easiest way to get gear instead of paying to have it checked on the airplane and/or renting it at Flamenco beach.<br /><br />Keep in mind that campfires are not allowed either in the campsite or on the beach.&nbsp; <br /><br /><u>A basic list of necessities</u><br /><br />__ <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">Small Tent</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /><br />__ <a href="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";">Inexpensive hammock (Forrest Green)</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.campingculebra.com/" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /><br />__ <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">Tarp</a><br />__ Dustpan and Brush<br />__ Flashlight<br />__ Umbrella<br />__ Knife<br />__ Bug Spray (consider something without DEET).<br />__ Soap (<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/bohemianapothecarium?ref=si_shop" target="_blank">consider an environmentally friendly soap</a>).<br />__ Towel<br />__ <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">Camping Mattress</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=httpwwwlawsch-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B00005BAIB" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> and pump <br />__ Water jug (or purchase water and reuse the jug).<br />__ Plates and utensils<br />__ <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/">Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="amzn_assoc_marketplace = "campingculebra";" style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" width="1" /> (fuel can not be brought on the ferry but can be purchased on Culebra).<br />__ Blankets (nights can be somewhat cold in the winter, especially if sleeping on a hammock).<br />__ Cash (there are a couple of ATMs and a bank in Dewey, but most kiosks are cash only).<br />__ Sunscreen<br />__ Toilet paper (this is generally not provided in the restrooms).<br />__ Clothes line<br /><br />***<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YPfymdVqPBY/UPMXOKFOEdI/AAAAAAAABZw/YiDMBWezg6I/s1600/IMG_1284.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YPfymdVqPBY/UPMXOKFOEdI/AAAAAAAABZw/YiDMBWezg6I/s320/IMG_1284.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A basic campsite set up.</td></tr></tbody></table>Also, you may want to bring other items, such as candles, a lighter, musical instrument, books, fishing gear (some people fish while camping).&nbsp; A knife works well for prying the top off a wild coconut and cutting it to get the juice out.&nbsp; <br /><br />The longer you are camping, the more gear you may want to bring.&nbsp; If you are camping for only a couple of days, you may want to consider packing as light as possible while still getting the necessities.&nbsp; Keep in mind that a small tent is easier to pack than a large one.&nbsp; Also, some areas are very windy, especially during the change of seasons, so do not forget tent stakes and rope.<br /><br />Basic sundries, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, sunscreen, toilet paper and the like can be purchased on Culebra.&nbsp; Some of these can be purchased at the nearby Colmado and others can easily be found at one of Culebra's <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/grocery-stores-on-culebra-island-puerto.html" target="_blank">grocery stores</a>.&nbsp; </div></div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-65532864006875541492013-01-13T16:15:00.001-04:002013-01-13T16:17:17.410-04:00Camping at Flamenco Beach<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qsX0ueh14nw/UPL4HMI6xqI/AAAAAAAABXM/3dcmksWYOt8/s1600/Flamenco_camping_map.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="496" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qsX0ueh14nw/UPL4HMI6xqI/AAAAAAAABXM/3dcmksWYOt8/s640/Flamenco_camping_map.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><br />Above is a map for the campground at Flamenco Beach on Culebra.&nbsp; The campground is comprised of different areas or zones.&nbsp; These are A (pink), B (blue), C (yellow), D (orange) and E (green).&nbsp; Zone E is the largest and furthest zone from the kiosks and main beach area.&nbsp; Zone is also considered the "quiet zone" of Flamenco beach and is a popular area for those who have been camping on Flamenco for a very long time.<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZM5hoiYegM/UPMVEuZiudI/AAAAAAAABZY/5G5jjSaZnEA/s1600/IMG_1287.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8ZM5hoiYegM/UPMVEuZiudI/AAAAAAAABZY/5G5jjSaZnEA/s320/IMG_1287.JPG" width="320" /></a>Zone E is often the busiest of the zones, due to its picturesque area right along the ocean.&nbsp; Zones A through D are located more inland.&nbsp; Be prepared to spend a little while finding the perfect spot if you are coming on a busy day.&nbsp; Generally weekends and times around holidays are the busiest times on the island.&nbsp; During the winter, midweek is a great time to find a spot for camping.<br /><br />When approaching Flamenco beach from the main town of Dewey, you will pass through a gate with a large parking area beyond it.&nbsp; The parking area is where one catches taxis that lead back to the ferry terminal or to other ferries around the island.&nbsp; The registration area is near the gate.&nbsp; This is where you pay to camp on Flamenco beach.&nbsp; <i>A reservation is not necessary to camp on Flamenco beach.</i>&nbsp; The cost to camp is $20 per night.&nbsp; You can pay for up to seven days at a time.&nbsp; You will be given wristbands and a receipt to hang from your tent once you register.&nbsp; <br /><i><br /></i><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VMgdQQm4GdA/UPMUusFiYaI/AAAAAAAABYY/Olq641Ykrjg/s1600/IMG_1258.JPG" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VMgdQQm4GdA/UPMUusFiYaI/AAAAAAAABYY/Olq641Ykrjg/s320/IMG_1258.JPG" width="320" /></a>Near the parking area are the <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/the-kiosks-at-flamenco-beach.html" target="_blank">food kiosks</a>.&nbsp; These are generally open during daylight hours only and when the beach area is at its busiest.&nbsp; Some kiosks are only open during the mornings (especially during winter) and others are open only in the evening.&nbsp; While camping you will start to get a feel for the hours of the kiosks after a while.&nbsp; If you want to get back to Dewey, you can wait by the parking area for a taxi.&nbsp; The current fare is $3 into town one way.&nbsp; Some taxi drivers will offer you a reduced fare for round trip if you use their services to get back to Flamenco.&nbsp; This depends on the time of the year and how busy they are.<br /><br /><br />There are various shower areas and restrooms on the island.&nbsp; The restroom near the beach by the food kiosks has a sink with potable water.&nbsp; The shower water is also potable, however the water in the various large water storage containers around the camping area is <i>not </i>recommended for drinking.&nbsp; Many people use the water here to clean clothing, wash dishes, etc.&nbsp; <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FAZFhtxtETo/UPMU51YHSKI/AAAAAAAABZE/zTJ9ffBfuTs/s1600/IMG_1261.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FAZFhtxtETo/UPMU51YHSKI/AAAAAAAABZE/zTJ9ffBfuTs/s320/IMG_1261.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />There is also a path that leads to both Carlos Rosario beach and Playa Tamarindo.&nbsp; These beaches are far less busy than Flamenco beach and offer much better snorkeling.&nbsp; Carlos Rosario is quite good for snorkeling, and if you did not bring gear, you can rent it at the food kiosks that are near the gate.&nbsp; While Flamenco beach gets praise for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, both Carlos Rosario and Tamarindo are gorgeous beaches.&nbsp; The sunset from Playa Tamarindo is especially nice to witness.<br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-68oobGRbXXk/UPMU8Z5JJEI/AAAAAAAABZQ/_zGr-irk97U/s1600/IMG_1360.JPG" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-68oobGRbXXk/UPMU8Z5JJEI/AAAAAAAABZQ/_zGr-irk97U/s320/IMG_1360.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">The gate leading to Carlos Rosario and Tamarindo Beaches.</td></tr></tbody></table>While on Flamenco beach, be sure to visit the two decaying tanks which are located on each side of zone E.&nbsp; One tank is being reclaimed by the ocean.&nbsp; This tank is covered in rust and it is interesting to see during high tide as the waves overtake it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br /><span style="color: red;"><b>Acquiring Camping Gear</b></span><br /><br />If you did not bring something, chances are you can easily acquire it.&nbsp; Tents, air mattresses, and other camping equipment is for rent at Tent City in the kiosk area.&nbsp; There are hammocks one can purchase as well.&nbsp; If you are visiting for the day, there are plenty of picnic tables around.&nbsp; Compared to the costs of lodging in other parts of Culebra, renting a tent and paying the $20 a day fee may still be far cheaper than finding a room in town or on other parts of the island.&nbsp; Waking with the sound of the ocean waves and the sun rising is an experience that should not be missed.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GKsVdZug7mM/UPMUy5Ak3MI/AAAAAAAABYo/8We7sJgbMOM/s1600/IMG_1259.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GKsVdZug7mM/UPMUy5Ak3MI/AAAAAAAABYo/8We7sJgbMOM/s320/IMG_1259.JPG" width="320" /></a>If you want to spend a longer amount of time on Flamenco but don't have gear, you can purchase gear at Wal-Mart and other stores around Puerto Rico.&nbsp; A tent can be purchased for around $30 and a hammock for even less.&nbsp; Air mattresses can be found at a variety of stores in San Juan and around the main island for a small price.&nbsp; Publicos at the ferry terminal in Fajardo will take you to Wal-Mart if you want to purchase gear instead of renting it. &nbsp; If you are spending more than a couple nights on Flamenco beach or want to also go camping at Sun Bay in Vieques (which also does not require a reservation), buying a tent is a good idea.&nbsp; <br /><br /><b><span style="color: red;">Safety</span></b><br />The camping area is quite safe.&nbsp; There are many guards and workers around that keep an eye on things.&nbsp; With that in mind, it is still very important to keep an eye on any valuables.&nbsp; Take anything valuable with you when you leave your site.&nbsp; When swimming, keep an eye on your possessions.&nbsp; Theft is uncommon, but does occur from time to time.<br /><br />You can call the Flamenco Campground Office at 787-742-0700, or you can write to them at<br /><br />Autoridad de Conservación y Desarrollo de Culebra<br />Attn: Playa Flamenco<br />Apartado 217<br />Culebra, PR 00775</div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-36426030822839751602013-01-13T11:53:00.002-04:002013-01-13T11:54:38.046-04:00Grocery Stores on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on">There are a variety of places to get groceries and necessities in Culebra and it is good to know of the various places if you are going to be camping on the island or otherwise staying for an extended period of time.&nbsp; Many of the grocery stores have cheaper items than the <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/the-kiosks-at-flamenco-beach.html">food kiosks on Flamenco Beach</a>.&nbsp; There are three main grocery stores on the island that are similar in size.&nbsp; Also, it is worth noting that grocery stores accept ATM/credit cards for purchases over $10.&nbsp; <br /><br />Although the hours are listed one some of the grocery stores, keep in mind that many are closed or open less frequently on Sundays and are generally closed on holidays.&nbsp; It is wise to not spend money on a publico or make the trek into town on days that stores may be closed if you are going to just do your shopping.&nbsp; If you are camping on Culebra, keep this in mind and be prepared with enough food to get you through the weekend or plan on visiting the kiosks, which are generally open (although sporadically) on Sundays and holidays.<br /><br /><u><b>Supermercado Costa del Sol</b></u><br />Monday - Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm<br />Sunday: 7 am - 12 pm (noon)<br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EZ4eJaQhxLA/UPLTHXDDSbI/AAAAAAAABWc/n2DRCe6l2IA/s1600/IMG_1245.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="179" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EZ4eJaQhxLA/UPLTHXDDSbI/AAAAAAAABWc/n2DRCe6l2IA/s320/IMG_1245.JPG" width="320" /></a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The grocery store, or Supermercado, that is near the airport is the closest to the beach, and is an easy walk from the camping area.&nbsp; It takes roughly half an hour to walk to the store, and it is recommended that if one is making their way to this store on foot, morning is the best time to walk due to lack of shade in some areas and a long hill that rises before reaching the airport.&nbsp; <br /><br />This store is well stocked with various grocery items, drinks, and some meats.&nbsp; However, there is little fresh fruit and vegetables at this store.&nbsp; <br /><br /><u><b>Superette Mayra</b></u><br />Monday - Saturday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, closed 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, open again 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qytAO3J8CGM/UPLUQaTBc9I/AAAAAAAABWs/KdDL7-a_tjk/s1600/IMG_1294.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qytAO3J8CGM/UPLUQaTBc9I/AAAAAAAABWs/KdDL7-a_tjk/s320/IMG_1294.JPG" width="320" /></a>This store is somewhat larger than the Supermercado close to the airport, and has more variety.&nbsp; It is located in town at the corner of Escudero Street and Pedro Marquez Street (both of the "main streets" in town.&nbsp; You will notice that there is a hill with a red and white bridge that rises towards the top.&nbsp; <br /><br />Like the supermercado, there is little in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, but plenty of frozen foods, canned goods, and drinks.&nbsp; There is a section for sundries such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, and the like.<br /><br />One can purchase fuel for camp stoves or a small disposable camp stove here that is made out of aluminum with charcoal inside for about $6.&nbsp; If you want to cook something at the beach, campground, this may be good to purchase.<br /><br /><u><b>Colmado Milka</b></u><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m3jD7nJPJ0Q/UPLVrErLRMI/AAAAAAAABW8/i5EKhMLpsRQ/s1600/IMG_1332.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="223" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m3jD7nJPJ0Q/UPLVrErLRMI/AAAAAAAABW8/i5EKhMLpsRQ/s400/IMG_1332.JPG" width="400" /></a>If you continue along Escudero Street, past the bridge, and turn left at the fire station on the other side, you will see Colmado Milka.&nbsp; This grocery store looks rather small on the outside, but inside it is well stocked with a good variety of items.&nbsp; If you can not find what you are looking for at the other main grocery stores on the island, it is worth checking this one out.<br /><br />Items such as soy/almond milk, a variety of drinks, canned goods, cereals, meats, some vegetables and fruits, and frozen foods can be purchased here.&nbsp;&nbsp; <u><b></b></u><br /><u><b><br />Culebra Produce Stand<br /><br /></b></u>If you are looking for fresh fruits and vegetables, this is the place to go.&nbsp; The produce market is located around the corner from the ferry terminal on Pedro Marquez Street.&nbsp; The selection varies, but items include bananas, apples, pears, rambutan fruit, kiwi, various types of nuts, corn on the cob, potatoes, and more (depending on the season). &nbsp; There is also a freezer section which carries fruit smoothie drinks and soy milk.&nbsp; <br /><br /><u><b>Other Places for Groceries</b></u><br /><br />There are some other mini marts located on the island.&nbsp; Dakati Gas Station and Mini Mart is located further on the same road as Colmado Milka.&nbsp; There is also a gas station near the ferry terminal which sells a few things.&nbsp; If you are looking for bread, most stores carry at least some type of bread, but the bakeries are recommended for fresh loafs.&nbsp; Two that come to mind are Panaderia Tropical Bakery, which is located across from the ferry terminal as well as Pan Deli, which is near Superette Mayra.&nbsp; </div>J. R. Adamshttps://plus.google.com/112832539557659537083noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1665731214930326170.post-76901185899307797802013-01-13T11:16:00.003-04:002013-01-13T15:43:26.709-04:00The Kiosks at Flamenco Beach<div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;" trbidi="on"><div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q3rrT-1rel0/UPLLPQ39ZQI/AAAAAAAABVs/4Jv7wnMIfLY/s1600/IMG_1264.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Q3rrT-1rel0/UPLLPQ39ZQI/AAAAAAAABVs/4Jv7wnMIfLY/s320/IMG_1264.JPG" width="320" /></a>When you arrive at Flamenco beach, you will immediately notice the cluster of food kiosks that are near the parking lot area.&nbsp; These kiosks each sell a variety of foods, drinks, and sundries.&nbsp; However, one thing that you may notice is that they are open rather sporadically.&nbsp; <br /><br />Some of the various kiosks are listed below.&nbsp; </div><br /><br /><br /><br /><b><br />&nbsp;</b><br /><b>*** </b><br /><br /><b>Tent City/Colmado</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0GIB6VOVjRo/UPLLShbC4PI/AAAAAAAABV4/hhEdK94BlAc/s1600/IMG_1265.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0GIB6VOVjRo/UPLLShbC4PI/AAAAAAAABV4/hhEdK94BlAc/s320/IMG_1265.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div>Here you can rent camping equipment, including tents, air mattresses, and other gear if you did not bring your own.&nbsp; A tent rents for $20 a night here.&nbsp; Other gear is available, and prices may fluctuate depending on the time of year.&nbsp; <br /><br />This kiosk also sells grocery items, such as bottled drinks, chips, candy, snorkeling gear, hammocks, body boards, hats, and the like.&nbsp; If you inquire, the kiosk will make a hammock for you out of material and rope for around $25.&nbsp; <b><br /></b><br /><h4 style="text-align: left;"><b>Flamenco Pizza<br /><br /> </b></h4>The pizza kiosk at Flamenco beach was open rather sporadically.&nbsp; Generally, this kiosk opens during lunch hours and when the beach area is busy.&nbsp; They sell a variety of pizzas and sandwiches.&nbsp; The large pizza is a good size for sharing with a few people.&nbsp; Generally, a large will set you back around $15 after tax.&nbsp; <br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4Xg-dtDdEsM/UPLLUJIDFjI/AAAAAAAABWM/xyH6IVny_W0/s1600/IMG_1268.JPG" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4Xg-dtDdEsM/UPLLUJIDFjI/AAAAAAAABWM/xyH6IVny_W0/s400/IMG_1268.JPG" width="400" /></a><br /><br /><b>Other Food Kiosks</b><br /><b><br /></b>The other kiosks were very similar.&nbsp; Some specialize in sea food, and others in drinks and traditional dishes.&nbsp; Rice and beans are sold at many of the kiosks (and prices vary, a couple charge $5 for this dish, and others charge $3).&nbsp; If you are a vegetarian, you will want to ask if there is lard or any other type of meat used in making this dish.&nbsp; Fried plantains, coconut water, chicken, burritos, burgers and multiple types of smoothies can easily be found.&nbsp; <br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zPX9fR1BDSM/UPLLSpE6yuI/AAAAAAAABV0/Z_s4o3tLesg/s1600/IMG_1267.JPG" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zPX9fR1BDSM/UPLLSpE6yuI/AAAAAAAABV0/Z_s4o3tLesg/s320/IMG_1267.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A closed kiosk that sells a variety of drinks. </td></tr></tbody></table>Keep in mind that these kiosks are open at different times, and it is rare that every one will be open at the same time.&nbsp; One kiosk has a happy hour from 4 to 7 PM.&nbsp; This was the only food kiosk that was open after dark.&nbsp; <br /><br />The kiosk area is frequented by chickens, roosters, and a number of cats.&nbsp; There are a good amount of tables in the kiosk area, and there are picnic areas all over the beach area.&nbsp; You can easily pick up lunch to take with you to the one of the nearby beach areas.&nbsp; <br /><br />If you are on a budget, keep in mind that it may be cheaper to walk into town (or take a publico <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4PGt7kLX7SA/UPLLSwQu1pI/AAAAAAAABWA/d_kuYg--mYo/s1600/IMG_1266.JPG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4PGt7kLX7SA/UPLLSwQu1pI/AAAAAAAABWA/d_kuYg--mYo/s320/IMG_1266.JPG" width="320" /></a>for $3 each way) to one of the <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/grocery-stores-on-culebra-island-puerto.html" target="_blank">grocery stores</a>.&nbsp; One grocery store is near the airport and is about half an hour away from the parking lot at Flamenco beach via foot.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.campingculebra.com/2013/01/grocery-stores-on-culebra-island-puerto.html" target="_blank">Grocery stores</a> sell a variety of items, including disposable camp stoves that are easy to carry.&nbsp; Many people at the beach area use these to cook food. <br /><br />Coconut juice can be purchased at one of the kiosks for $3 for a coconut.&nbsp; However, it is possible to find a coconut and open it with a knife if you walk along the beach and look for coconut palms with coconuts growing low enough.&nbsp; It is not very hard to find one, as the beach is very large and coconut palms are everywhere.&nbsp; <br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="344" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SF9F7rjjINw" width="459"></iframe><br /><br />Drinking water can be purchased at the kisoks, or if you have a bottle, you can fill it up with potable water at the nearby sink that is by the restrooms in the parking lot area.&nbsp; You will notice that many long time campers fill their water this way instead of paying $1 a bottle.&nbsp; </div></div>J. 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