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Puerto Rico is a must for any travelers wanting to experience a unique culture filled with great food, natural wonders and of course shopping and nightlife! Although our visit to the island was short, it definitely left us wanting more. Downtown San Juan was a great place to go shopping, try local cuisines and experience Puerto Rican culture without going too far. My experience however mainly consisted of my visit to Las Croabas Lagoon in Fajardo.
The bus ride about 2 hours, which seemed really long, but it gave us the opportunity to see a great deal of the island including the more rural areas. The beaches were amazing and the people were very hospitable.
To get to the lagoon, we must first navigate through a thick forest of mangroves, which proved to be very difficult in almost total darkness. However, as dark at it was, it made for an exciting adventure, not knowing where we were heading and trusting only the people ahead of us by haphazardly following their light sticks and their voices. There were countless times where my friend and I would get stuck between the mangrove roots. Because it was so dark, we were basically zigzaging our way through this narrow river going from one end to the other.
The closer we came to the lagoon, the more the water began to glow flourescent green. Scoop a handfull of water and you begin to understand the draw of this amazing lagoon. In my hand were little tiny creatures no bigger than a grain of sand called flagellates glowing bright green. At first, one scoop would only capture 5 or 10 flagellates, but the closer we got it became countless...my hand was glowing. Finally, the magroves opened into this majestic lagoon lit by the light of the full moon reflecting off the lake made an unforgettable experience.