Puerto Ricans love their beaches. And with good reason. They’re among the best in the world! And when you throw in the words “blue flag” they become even better.
In my last post I mentioned my decision to explore Puerto Rico like any other tourist: with no prearranged interviews or special treatment. After all, that’s what my reader’s prefer. They want it real. So that’s what I did last weekend. I took to the road with my wife Zoraida and we explored four of Puerto Rico’s Blue Flag beaches.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label that is only bestowed to the best-kept beaches in the world. I’m not going to go into every detail about the Blue Flag program now because many of them are covered in the video. Besides, you can learn all about it at their website www.blueflag.com.
By now you might have noticed that I can be quite critical when things aren’t what they’re supposed to be. After all, why would anyone read my posts if they were just spin-jobs. I tell it like I see it. And if anyone’s offended they can always work harder and improve.
So what did I think about Puerto Rico’s Blue Flag beaches? Well, let’s just say that it had been quite a while since I had been so impressed! All of them passed with flying colors. To sum it all into one word… wow!
Puerto Rico has seven Blue Flag beaches and two marinas. However, on this first installment we’ll cover only four: Seven Seas, in Fajardo; “Balneario La Monserrate”, in Luquillo”; “Balneario de Carolina”, right next to the Isla Verde hotel district; and “Punta Salina”, in the town of Toa Baja. All four are within an hour’s drive of the San Juan Metroplex.
On a future post we’ll explore the remaining three: “Boquerón”, in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo; Pelican Beach, on a small islet called “Caja de Muerto”, just off our southern coast, and Sunbay Beach, on the smaller Island of Vieques to our east.
So if life on the beach is your idea of rest and relaxation, and you’re already planning your winter escape, Puerto Rico should definitely be your destination. And, of course, stay tuned to Puerto Rico By GPS. We’ll show you around…
Enjoy Puerto Rico,
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