Alelí Tours and Encantos Ecotours in La Parguera offer ecological tours of the southwestern area, including two- or three-hour kayak trips that cost about $40. Aventuras Puerto Rico and VIP Tours in Ponce offer city tours, horseback riding, and island-hopping adventures.


Alelí Tours. An alternative to the more pervasive party boats in La Parguera, Alelí Tours and its staff are appreciated for their personal touch, knowledgeable commentary, and the good condition and safety of their watercraft. Rte. 304, Km 3.2, La Parguera, n/a Puerto Rico, 00906. 787/390–6086;

Aventuras Puerto Rico. This outfitter offers an array of excursions on the southern coast, from hikes in the Guánica Dry Forest to city tours in Ponce. 787/380–8481;

Encantos Ecotours. Encantos offers numerous boat excursions. There are half- and full-day charters, sunset and nighttime sails, and themed sails, including fine dining, romance, and family outings. 787/272–0005;

VIP Tours. While this outfitter covers the whole island, Ponce is a particular specialty. Unique offerings include Ponce bar-hopping tours, as well as trips to less visited, offshore spots, such as Caja de Muertos. 787/536–4683;

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