The hunt for caverns, ice cream, and a hidden beach.
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It was the day we went underground see rock formation and delve into the caverns, drove to a town just to eat ice cream, and ended the day on one of the best, adorable beaches I have ever seen.
It was just another day in our weeklong vacation in Puerto Rico. Five friends with one car for 6 nights and 7 days in one island in the Carribean Sea.
We woke up to yet another early morning with a plan. Visit the Camuy Caverns, have ice cream at popular ice cream shop with over 50+ exotic (also unusual) flavors, and check out the beach that the lady we chatted with in Vieques has highly recommended to us.
The Camuy Cave River Park, or Parque de las Cavernas del Río Camuy, is a vast cave system and definitely has a different feel compared to the other caverns I've visited before (like Luray Caverns in VA). The tropical environment is evident in the atmosphere of the caverns. A tree growing upside-down welcome you to the caves.
The first cave we entered was pretty impressive.
After Camuy, we were excited to have some ice cream from Lares. Well known to have over 50+ flavors, we drove to Lares, unaware that it was going to take more than an hour! After a quick stop to buy mangoes and mangosteen on the road to Lares, we finally arrived at this small town just for ice cream! Heladeria Lares had over 50+ flavors, most we don't even know what (they were in Spanish), unique and delicious, we tasted and bought 3-flavor combinations. Across from the ice cream shop, a wedding ceremony was taking place in the church. We almost crashed the wedding - but we quietly sneaked out. Hehehe...
We headed to our next destination - Mar Chiquita, a small crescent cove of a beach, recommended by a local whom we met in Vieques.
The beach is protected from the strong waves by an enclosed rocky barrier - clear waters, it is ideal to snorkel and great for the little kiddies. The view from the rocky barrier was breathtaking, as you can see the strong waves crashing.
We stayed at the beach for about 2 hours before heading back to San Juan.
Of all the beaches we visited on this trip, Mar Chiquita was hands down my favorite!