Road Trip to La Parguera

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So since we rented a car here in Puerto Rico we decided we wanted to check out some beaches on the West Coast. We woke up pretty early to go on our road trip. Our goal was to explore the town of La Parguera which is on the Southwest side of the island. The trip started out not so great because we missed our exit on the expressway and we were lost for awhile. Driving here is crazy I can’t stand the drivers. Finally we found our way and took a road through the mountains. We drove through lechon highway, this is where all the restaurants have a pig on the roaster.

Once we started getting to the other side of the island it got a lot hotter and dryer. The climate was so different. The drive got better on the highways and it was beautiful.
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We didn’t stop much though, only for gas once. Then we made it to Parguera in Lajas. Right when we parked a man came up to us and wanted to know if we wanted a boat or if we wanted to eat. He took us to a restaurant called Puerto Parguera. We were the only ones there. We ordered empanadas and they were delicious. Then we each ordered a mofongo and it was good. People were stopping by to take carry out. The woman there was very nice.
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After lunch we went to the port and looked at all the boat shops. We came to Johnny’s Boats and talked to them about a 1 hour snorkel trip. The guys there didn’t seem very friendly but we decided to do it. One guy took us out on a little motorboat to a mangrove island. We got out and snorkeled around the island. It was kind of scary because it was dark by the mangroves we saw a lot of cool stuff.

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When we were done we asked the tour guide if he knew any good beaches on the way back to Ponce he told us Playa Santa. So we started driving…saw some horses by the street, stopped at dive shop. Looked for Playa Santa but got side tracked and ended up in a nature reserve and went to a beach there.

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It was a pretty awesome day. On the way home we got some lechon.

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