Twenty minutes of planning, forty minutes of driving (from San Juan), and one ferry boat ride (about $2.50) later, we arrive on the island of Culebra. Despite the fact that I’ve been here several times before and have sailed over since I was a child, I am ALWAYS excited to return. My friends and I have come very prepared for this trip. One tent, two sets of clothes, an empty cooler, and… “oh wait I forgot my toothbrush!” No worries, it will all work out. First things first, we need to fill up that cooler, get some food, water, and if budget permits… a toothbrush. We head to one of the nearest markets which feels like a cross between a New York style bodega and a hardware store. They usually carry just about anything you will need on the Island plus some other cool water toys here and there. We stock up on supplies that include mainly beer, since we know that the beach we’re camping at offers all sorts of food, drinks, and water toys as well. In fact, the taxi driver that takes us to Flamenco Beach assures us that his wife makes the best rice and beans on the planet, and she has a cart right there on the beach. Does it get much better than this?
After we set up camp we decide to get some food and maybe a beer (or ten) at one of the local places called Dinghy Dock. They have great food, cold beer, and always a fun crowd. Since this is a more formal place, I decide to change into my good flip-flops. When we arrive, there is a live band playing and everyone is in the whole island groove by now.
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