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“Lovely views and grounds, excellent guides”

Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
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Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure from San Juan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Comprised of three headlands that extend into the Atlantic ocean, this nature reserve encompasses seven different ecosystems including forests, beaches and offshore coral reefs.
washington D.C.
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely views and grounds, excellent guides”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We greatly enjoyed this trip through the reserve. You are driven in an open air vehicle and the guides are well informed, patient, and very friendly. You can see beautiful views and learn about bioluminsecent bays at the light house and walk through different kinds of eco systems. The price is reasonable but reservations are needed. There are only one or two tours daily in English but most tour guides spoke English even if tour is in spanish. Highly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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Warsaw, Indiana
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77 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Good for all”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

...Five years ago, we went to the bioluminescent bay at Las Cabezas de San Juan. Then, we did not have the time to visit the reserve. This time, our family group of 9 took the time to do so. I certainly would put this high on the list of places to see when visiting Puerto Rico. Everyone in our group spaning 70 + years enjoyed themselves. We took the English tour and had an excellent, friendly Puerto Rican guide who was knowledgeable, spoke good English and was quite passionate about preserving this part of Puerto Rico for the future.
...Each tour group is limited by the seating capacity of the trams that move you around. You must book in advance which we did with no trouble from the States. We received verification and all went smoothly. The trip was full which showed the necessity of pre-registering. We aslo found that we could get in to park no sooner than 30 minutes before our scheduled tour. The limited parking space dictates this. If you arrive early, you can visit a nearby beach or restaurant.
...The tour itself was well organized with the guide smoothly taking us from one place to another. The walking tour was nicely done over a wooden walkway that allowed you to get closup to the plants of the area. The guide did an excellent job of describing the various flora and fauna.
...The lighthouse tour was nicely done. A display in a dark room showing flourescent organisms gave at least a hint of what you would see at night when kayacking through the bioluminescent bay. From someone who has done this, you really have to experience it first hand to really appreciate it.
...There was nothing about the tour that I did not like. The views are spectacular. The way it is arranged, most anyone can take it. We had a 3 year old as well as a 76 year old and both survived quite well.
...This place is so easy to get to that anyone visiting Puerto Rico should consider taking the tour. Be sure to pre-register over the internet and enjoy yourself while learning a bit about the biology of Puerto Rico.

Visited January 2013
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Thunder Bay
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171 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Very cool place. This is a ecological protected area in Fajardo. It is run by a not for profit organization. The tour includes a great informative session on the mangrove forests, the beach with broken coral all over. Some great example as of brain coral and fan coral just lying on the beach. The views from the light house were magnificent. The guide (leonora) was very knowledgeable.
The only hard part is making the reservations. Would recommend combining the 2 pm tour with the bio bay kayaking trip at sundown.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank world_MD
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Vestal, NY
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101 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Beautiful place”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We made reservations via the internet and had a bit of trouble doing it. However the tour was most informative and the scenery is so beautiful, that it is worth the time to make the reservations.

Visited January 2013
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38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2013

The rainforest was lovely and cool and the tourist center was nice. We heard lots of birds though we did nothikebecause of an injury

Visited December 2012
Thank PennsylvaniaPaki
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