My 40th Bday - Bio Bay!!

Jun 29, 2009     Puerto Rico     My Adventures
Feelin' pretty good at 40!
Feelin' pretty good at 40!
Veiquez, Puerto Rico, a great place to spend the big four-oh. We went to bio bay for some bioluminescent plankton and did some great snorkeling before heading to Culebra. << old website quick post >>
Old posts from my very first travel website!

The ferry ride to Viequez was fun. I got some bday gifts :) and we had a bit o' the hair of the dog thanks to Mom's clever use of her OJ container doubling as a place to keep last night's leftover vodka.
Fun bday gifts on the ferry.
Fun bday gifts on the ferry.
We got to the Casa de Amistad which is a really cute hotel. The staff is SO nice and helpful. We immediately refreshed with a dip in the pool and some of the honor system beers they provide. Ahhhh. At $90/night the prices are pretty difficult for Steve and I to take since we're used to being on so much more of a budget, but we wanted everyone else to be comfortable so we're sucking it up.
Love our hotel.
Love our hotel.
We got our rental car then went to Esperanza for a bit of drinks/food before the bio bay tour. So the tour is in the very aptly name Mosquito Bay (not allowed to wear repellent either!). We went out on kayaks which was a ton of fun, then we got in to swim.
Tiniest boat ever!
Tiniest boat ever!
Getting ready for bio bay!
Getting ready for bio bay!
They darker it got, the more you could see it. It almost looked like tons of tiny bubbles trailing behind your hand at first. They really did take us out way to early. It was just getting really good when it was time to head back. This bioluminescence is way tinier than the stuff we're used to seeing. It's so magical. We lagged behind as much as we could without getting yelled at. haha. Even stabbing your oar into the water made a cool glowing effect! Wish we could have stayed out longer, but it was still a super cool experience! Could have had it all for free too since they forgot to charge us -LOL. What is it with people here?

Got back to Isabella 2 so late that only one restaurant was open. Richard's Cafe. It actually turned out to be pretty funny. The place was pretty expensive, and I have to say, the food was all horrible! It just became comedic after a while. Mom's Chicken Cordon Bleu was from a frozen thing, the wine has, um, can't even come up with a word for it, and Summer couldn't even eat her $35 lobster. You just had to laugh it was all so bad. Okay, the Sara Lee cheesecake was at least tasty - but Sara Lee?!?

Jun 30 - More Exploring Viequez

Did some snorkeling in the morning at an old US military pier. Weird to see it all abandoned like that. I guess the military pulled out in 2003 after a bunch of protests. Then Summer and David headed home.

Then the four of us went over to the beaches that the military used to occupy. Talk about untouched and perfect!! We particularly loved La Plata beach at the end of a long dirt road. A tropical beach at its best. So hard to imagine they used this area for bombing and war practice!
Had to do it.
Had to do it.
OMG La Plata beach!
OMG La Plata beach!
Found our way to the previous U.S. military beaches.
Found our way to the previous U.S. military beaches.
The next day as a bday gift, Mom treated us to a flight to Culebra!! Not only did we not have to take the ferry back over to the mainland, then over to Culebra, but the flight was like a private air tour! It was a small 6 seat plane that took us over the beautiful beaches, turquoise water, and hilly islands. Awesome!! And of course, all of us left our cameras in our luggage. Thanks mom!!
About to get on the small plane over to Culebra.
About to get on the small plane over to Culebra.
Smallest baggage pickup. haha
Smallest baggage pickup. haha

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