You may be just a few miles from civilization, but this half-day catamaran cruise to Icacos Cay feels like your very own tropical adventure. Explore the untouched beaches of this nature preserve while you spend the day swimming and snorkeling, before enjoying a buffet lunch and cocktails.
Start your day with an optional pickup from hotels in San Juan, or make your own way to the marina in Fajardo. As your catamaran pulls up anchor and heads into the cerulean seas, check out great views of the coastline’s beaches, plus scenic vistas of nearby El Yunque National Forest. Don’t forget to enjoy a piña colada, rum punch, soda or juice from the bar on the way.
Your catamaran arrives at Icacos Cay, part of a chain of 10 small islands that comprise La Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve. If weather conditions require, your captain may navigate instead to the equally stunning island of Palominitos. Then hop in the water for some aquatic activities, including snorkeling on the nearby reef, swimming or beach combing on the shore of this placid paradise.
When you start to get hungry around midday, head back to the boat for a buffet spread. Build a sandwich from the included array of fresh baked bread (pan de agua), sliced meats including turkey, ham, pastrami and salami, sliced cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Make sure to also grab some sides, including gourmet pasta salad, chicken salad, coleslaw, bean dip, chips, cookies and fresh fruit.
Following lunch, your catamaran heads to another reef for more snorkeling or sunbathing. While underwater, keep your eyes peeled for reef creatures including colorful fish and the occasional octopus or manta ray. Or stay dry on the deck, where you can gaze at the sea life through glass windows or shoot down the boat’s built-in waterslide.
Your relaxing sailing day finishes with a return cruise back to harbor, where you can find your optional hotel transportation back to San Juan.