The previous review by Abattig covers a lot, so I will primarily add to it. Our visit took place on 12/29, because my daughter found a 1/2 off deal that included meal/drink tickets. We were a group of 5. You should be aware that bathroom facilities once you leave the dock in Ponce are limited, so plan ahead! There are two bathrooms on the boat, and there are composting toilets on the island. There was an EMT person there from Ponce, and others that deal with security and I imagine maintenance. I went looking for a bit of freshwater to clean the salt spray from my sunglasses, and found it in the first aid station.
My son and I took the hike up to the unoccupied lighthouse, as did quite a few others. It was a bit longer than 30 minutes for us. Along the route there is a toilet facility. About 1/2 of the route is gradually sloped and wide enough, on an earthen path. You will see cactus everywhere. The rest of the route is narrower, walking over rocks infilled with earth, and for the steeper portion, just rocks with some loose gravel. Some people we encountered had sandals on, which I would not recommend. Once you reach the top you find your way to the wooden lookout structure, and like Abattig said, it is postcard quality. You also become aware of how far up the climb really was, although the dense vegetation does not allow you to figure out where the route is.
Our coupons allowed us to pre-order either hot dogs or a chicken skewer. You order on the boat, and after 12pm the skewers are brought to the beach, and later the hotdogs.
You can set up on the beach or in any of the covered bohios with picnic tables away from the beach. On the beach you can rent large umbrellas and lounge chairs. Most people brought along their own chairs, coolers and snacks. There is a large collection of very rounded colored stones at the edge of the sand. In the water, some small fish could be seen close to the shore. Note that the beach was awarded a Blue Flag designation.
The Island Venture staff is friendly and helpful, making sure you are ok on the beach and on the boat. Our group that day was close to 100. I was told that the boat can carry as many as 135 persons. Note that if you want to sit in the upper deck, you must leave your belongings on the lower deck.
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