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Maddy Nov 15th, 2000 04:25 AM

Loquillo/ El Yunque then Culebra?
Hi: Can anyone recommend places to stay (not high rise glitzy resorts but low-key hotel/inn/condo) on Loquillo which I understand is a good place from which to go to El Yunque for the day. Or is there somewhere interesting to stay (a parador or inn) in El Yunque area. Then after several days we would like to go to Culebra. Any favorite places to stay there, as well. We prefer self-catering facilities or if not, walking distance to the village and restaurants. <BR> <BR>Thanks for any advice abvout these areas of Puerto Rico. <BR> <BR>

Rey Nov 16th, 2000 02:31 PM

Hello There; <BR> Try the is the oficial page for the PR Tourism Company <BR>

cj Nov 17th, 2000 05:13 PM

We stayed on Culebra 2 yrs ago in a place called Harbourside Villas. if you're OK with non-rise, non-glitzy, this might be ok for you. Culebra is definitely low-key non-touristy, kind of a poor island, but the people are great -- and friendly. Also you might want to check out the places at Flamenco Bay -- great beach. It's on the northern side of the island and those beaces tend to be sandier. We stayed on the southern area, right near Melones Point. Beaches there are made of coral bits, so beach shoes or sneakers are advisable, but the snorkeling was phenomenal! Harbourside is also only about a 3-5 minute walk into the village. (Harbourside has kind of a-frame shaped "villas". Ours had living room/dining dowonstairs and bedroom upstairs. They also have a 2-bedroom unit which costs more, and some kind of suites further up the hill. Two restaurants we liked in the viullage: Dinghy Dock and Mamacita's. Want any more inf, please let me know. We loved it there! Have a great trip! (I can't wait to go back someday . . . )

cj Nov 17th, 2000 05:20 PM

P.S. When are you going? There are groups that participate in the Leatherback turtle project in the springtime when the turtles come on shore to lay their eggs. Our son got to hook up with some of the researchers and spent 2 nites on one of the remote beaches participating in the egg-counting, tagging, research. it was an experience of a lifetime! <BR>Also, Flamenco Beach is not within walking distance to the village but there are "buses" that cost about $3 one way that run fairly regularly. My hubby didn't like the look of the accomodations at Flamenco -- they are kind of squeezed in, but the Harbourside places are nice and private and have a nice view -- just VERY basic -- not to everyone's taste, especially if you're used to more frills -- thjere are no frills there, but we loved it. <BR>

Maddy Nov 20th, 2000 12:29 PM

Thanks everyone. Still contemplating whether we can get away or not, but your input on Culebra is just what I needed to know. If we can couple it with El Yunque I think we can make the kind of trip we would really enjoy! Happy Holidays everyone.

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