This is one of the best kept secrets for kayaking in Puerto Rico. It is a well-cared for nature reserve with miles of canals, lagoons, and birds. The entrance is in a small public park on highway 3 just east of Humacao about 1 km before reaching the coast. There is a small stand that rents kayaks by the hour but when we brought our own and when we were there (mid-week) the kayak rental was closed. The entrance is unassuming, and the view of the small dirt ramp leading to the canal hides the magnificent kayaking experience to be had by those who enter, which may be a reason why it’s not well known. Once in the water you kayak through a mangrove canal that has signs along the side explaining some of the sights. After the first canal (about one quarter mile) the first lagoon is entered, again with signs along its shores. The kayaker can either remain within this lagoon or, with a map and/or gps, find a second longer canal (about one mile) that opens up to another two beautiful and larger lagoons whose waters reflect the mountains of the El Yunque rain forest to the north. It’s possible to continue along linked canals all the way east to the ocean, though the last portion requires porting of the kayak. We kayaked for about 5 miles round trip within this nature reserve in about 4 hours and saw a number of egrets (one of which we followed through a canal), flocks of colorful small birds in the shallow waters, a few iguanas, and many tarpon leaping from the waters. Although one is just a few miles from Humacao, the feeling is one of being in a totally deserted and natural environment. Strongly recommend this either on a tour or with individual kayaks for intermediate kayakers.
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