Beach Fun in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Looking for some fun beach activites in San Juan, Puerto Rico? Kristien
Wilkenson offers vacation planners a great list of things to do in San
Juan for those who love the water and the beach.
What is there to do when you are on a
Caribbean island and practically surrounded by beaches? If you're a
perfectly rational human being, then the ideal answer would be to throw
off those shoes and go crazy in the water.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, there's so much room for beach
adventures. For one, the tropical climate is on your side. The average
annual temperature is 82 F (28 C) and it almost never goes below 64 F
or above 97 F. With a great weather, it's almost impossible not to
enjoy San Juan's clear waters and white sand.
Isla Verde is the premier beach destination in San Juan.
Stretching for miles along the city coastline, Isla Verde Beach lies in
front of numerous luxury hotels, condominiums, restaurants, clubs,
guesthouses, upscale apartments, parks, and even a cemetery.
Although you can still read or take a nap here, this beach is
not your ideal location if you're looking for a tranquil and deserted
getaway. There's not much of a crowd on weekdays but people come
in droves during the weekends and Isla Verde becomes a hub of water
activities. The surf is good enough for body surfing or you can venture
further into the sea with parasailing, jetskiing, and water skiing.
Nearby sports shops offer equipment for rent. Beachfront hotels and
resorts in Isla Verde also feature various facilities for water sports.
Fishing is another popular water sport in San Juan. Most
anglers here practice the catch-and-release system though so the
farthest you can get for a souvenir catch is a picture of the fish. A
common style here is deep sea fishing. The most abundant species in
these parts of the Caribbean are allison tuna, sailfish, wahoo, and
mackerel. Thanks to the island's tropical climate, fishing is good all
year you have more chances of catching tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish
and other species during the months of October to early March.
San Juan has a lot of marine charters that offer a half-day or
full day fishing trip. Boats often range from 32-50 feet and can take
in about six passengers along with two to four fishing crew. Deep water
is close to shore so you can usually start fishing within half an hour
of leaving port. A half-day tour package can cost $480-$500, a six-hour
trip ranges from $650-$700, and a whole day of fishing costs anywhere
from $850 to $1,000. These fees are already inclusive of fishing
equipment, beverages, and services of captain and mate.
For those who would rather stay out of deep waters but still
want a great fishing experience, light tackle fishing in the bays and
lagoons is a good alternative. There are marine charters as well that
offer smaller boats, around 16-18 feet, for a half-day or full day
Scuba diving and snorkeling are must-do activities as well in
Puerto Rico. The visibility is at least 60 to 75 feet in areas closer
to the beach but it can be up to 100 feet offshore. Diving sites in San
Juan feature awe-inspiring marine diversity and picturesque
geographical formations. Other impressive dive sites are 50 miles west
of Mayaguez, near Desecheo Island off Rincon, off Mona Island, and off
Culebra and Vieques. There's no reason to panic even if you're a newbie
in diving. Some hotels and resorts offer diving lessons for beginners.
As for snorkeling, the shallow reefs in San Juan are more than enough
to dazzle you with awesome underwater scenery. A good snorkeling
location is in the bay marina near the Caribe Hilton hotel.
Kristien Wilkinson is an online writer and contributor to http://www.sanjuan.com
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