There is one weather condition that I cannot stand – RAIN. I hate rain whether it is Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter.
So on a nasty day like today – a gray, cold day, with rain and ice, I can only dream about being somewhere else…and I choose Culebra Island in Puerto Rico!
During the summer, we had the opportunity to go to Culebra for my 20th High School Reunion gathering. I had never been to Culebra before and had no clue what we were missing!
It was a BIG holiday weekend in Puerto Rico so unfortunately we were not the only ones going to Culebra. Waiting at the dock for our ferry was an experience of its own; packed with people and a lot of pushing and shoving. But there was also music, and since it is Puerto Rico, we were allowed to drink some of our cold beer while we waited! (notice the RED cooler at my feet!).
Culebra is a municipio of Puerto Rico which I guess would be similar to being a city. However it is an island. It is this island condition that has kept it somewhat virgin and underdeveloped. You will not find beach resorts there as the beaches, Flamenco in particular, are quite virgin with dunes still intact. The habitat has been nicely protected, which result in quite the beautiful beach. And again, because it is Puerto Rico, beer and alcohol are allowed on the beach so long as they are not in a glass container (it is Puerto Rico after all, full of hot blooded people!).
My best friend Marisol and her husband Victor (yes, the same that we hosted for Nochebuena) also went and shared the apartment with us. During our short stay (3 days, 2 nights) we were blessed with sunny clear skies and I have to say, though warm the water temperature was actually quite pleasing! Which was good because man, it was fucking HOT in Culebra and the Puerto Rican sun takes no prisoners….
On Sunday, while Marisol and Victor slept, Alan and I hitched a ride into town to the local panadería to buy breakfast – essentially tostadas, cortaditos and breakfast sandwiches..and oh yes a Mallorca! On our way back, unfortunately, we had to walk….it was about a 30 minute walk under the murderous Puerto Rican sun. To top it off, it was an UPHILL walk. Did I mention Culebra is mountaineous terrain?
Let me tell you it was worth dehydrating and almost dying under the heat while carrying breakfast if only to get to see the beauty of the island. It is truly a breathtaking place.
While Alan was all smiles and looking great, I was dying. I swear I don’t know how I survived 20 years in Puerto Rico. Now, whenever I visit, I’m dying from the heat and the humidity in five seconds flat. And that walk up the hill in the sun was no exception! But how big of a hill was it you ask? I’ll do better than tell you I will show you!
You see that road that leads all the way up and then dissapears because the photo ends???? Yes! That is where we were headed! Fortunately for us, some property personnel (we were staying at Bahia Marina, one of those places where you purchase a condo and rent it out as a hotel kind of deal) were driving back and recognized us! I mean, really it wasn’t that hard…who else was crazy enough to be walking on a one lane, curvy off road????
And then all too soon it was time to leave our little island paradise (newly discovered for us and we loved it!). So while I sit here in my icy rainy gray winter day…..I’m Culebra Dreaming! See you soon Culebra!
If you ever have the chance to go to Flamenco (Flamingo in English) Beach in Culebra, PR I only have one word for you: GO!