|Shabby entrance to Balneario Punta Guilarte|
Puerto Rico has a lot of hilly areas which for me, makes biking difficult. Today we set out with our bikes mounted onto the back of our SUV, and went in search of a flat place to ride! Ever since we hiked to the furthest point on our beach and found what looked like a park around the corner... we have been hoping that it would be just what we're looking for. As always seems to happen... it turned out to be so much more!
|Very nice cabanas for weekend rental|
So, we parked the SUV in the nice parking lot near the recreational centre and strolled up to the shady porch for a chat with George. Turns out that my poor Spanish prompted a mini-lesson from our fellow American-turned-Puerto Rican and we had a lot of laughs. George was a source of information and very friendly. Hurricane Maria did a massive amount of damage to these park areas and he is a part of the repair crew. Little by little, things are coming along.
The cabanas and the connecting boardwalk, as well as the information building and swimming pool have all been repaired and are maintained in top condition. Kids of all ages were splashing and having a blast while set-up was underway for several parties. Gotta love these party people! George told us that yes, this beach area had been closed up until a couple of weeks ago, but now it has reopened to the public. The cabanas in the area further to the east where we came in have not yet been repaired, but the beach is open. I think we've found our bike-ride paradise!
|Of course he is measuring the swimming distance in his mind...|
|The Lighthouse on Punta Figuras|
|We wound our way out of the recreational area and took off in the direction of Punta Guilarte|
|Livin' large in the shade of palms!|
|Looking east to Punta Guilarte - which is the far end of our beach!|
|Looking west to Punta Figuras|
We climbed up into the ruins and found a hive of activity... BEES! Inside the tower made of coral and other stones, you could see what looked like rectangular holes where wooden beams must once have fit to form floors. Inside these cavities is the perfect place for bees to make their honeycombs and we could even see them in a couple of places. My photos didn't turn out great, but you get the idea.
|See the empty cavities where the beams once fit?|
|Nice skylight effect!|
|Bad photo, but this is honeycomb!|
|Looking up at the root growing down into the tower. You can see the buzzing bees if you look closely!|
What a fun day! It seems that our old motto: "If you wanna have fun you've gotta get off of that boat!" proves just as true for land life!