Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Buck Island: St Croix, Virgin Islands.

Our friend Erik from St. Croix was nice enough to have his friend Michael bring us to Buck Island on his boat for the day. I'd say this was the highlight of our trip! It was so much fun swimming around in even more clear water. Seeing all the different coral reefs and fish was amazing! I think I was just made to be in the ocean, it's my happy place! We also hiked to the viewpoint so we could see the view of the island. It was so beautiful, photos don't do justice. Erik, Michael and Tommy are such amazing swimmers it's mind blowing. Swimming literally in the middle of the ocean with just flippers, mask and a snorkel! Being able to swim 50 ft deep is crazy, he took the photos of the coral and fish above. Motivates me to become a better swimmer!

Fredireksted, St. Croix: Virgin Islands.

Day 2

Fredireksted has plenty of things to do for the day. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, snorkels, go scuba diving for the day, jump of the pier, etc. Erik brought us here the first time to snorkel and jump off the pier, it was so much fun! I jumped in and stayed in the water for the longest time just looking at all the different types of fish and everything that was alive on the beams holding up the pier! There's nothing like clear water to swim in so I had to take advantage of it, since California beaches are nothing compared to this. I did pretty well paddle boarding, but the wind started coming in and I was getting too far out into the ocean! Luckily TL was there on a kayak, he had to pull me back into shore! What would I do without him?! :D The second day we hung out with Tommy before he went back to St. Thomas, we swam around, went paddle boarding and swimming. If you're in Fredireksted, don't forget to check out the pier! You won't regret it!

Christensted, St. Croix: Virgin Islands.

This was our first full day in Christensted so we decided to go to the beach of course and swim around! Can't go wrong with that. We were glad to meet some people on the island to show us around and get a better feel of the island. There is nothing better than having someone from the island to show you around. Erik's family has been in the islands for a long time! Since the Danish conquered St. Croix. We met his grandma and uncle as well, they live in this cute old style home! They were really sweet. Since we travel a lot and hotels can get expensive we met a lot of really outgoing people on www.couchsurfing.com it really helps you meet people that like to do the same things as you. I'd have to say this trip we met some of the best people yet on our travels. 

Toro Negro, PR.

Gigi and Chris were nice enough to host us in San Juan at their home. We met them in Aguadilla couch surfing at Bernhard's place. We decided on our last day with them before we left to St. Croix that we needed to go hiking and see some nature. Our trip was really tiring so it was hard to get us motivated to things at the end, but we all motivated each other and we made it out there. It took about 2 hours to drive there from San Juan since it's the highest point in PR, the roads we so narrow and zig zaggy! We made it there after all and we were happy we did, it was actually our favorite part of PR. It wasn't crowded with people and not touristy, that's what we like!

Rio La Planta, Arecibo. PR

Rio La Planta, I found on Instagram: we swam around in the pool of water and hung out in the waterfalls. That pretty much sums it up!

El Yunque Rain Forest, PR.

El Yunque was a bit disappointing for us. Unfortunately, a lot of the hiking trails are off limits to the public because they do not want the rain forest destroyed. It makes sense, but it sucks for the people who actually know what they are doing and take care out the forest. When we go camping or hiking we always pick up our trash and even other people's trash because it is the polite thing to do. We always leave it better than when we came. We hiked to La Mina falls, which is about 25-30 ft tall. We thought we would see 300 ft waterfalls, but we didn't. If you want to see bigger falls you have to pay a tour guide $200. Uhmmmm, yeah thats ridiculous. We're not going to pay someone that much money just to show us the trail how to get somewhere. They should have a bigger map of the trails so people who know what they are doing can get there themselves. If you want to camp here you have to get permits and licenses to even camp. Usually at parks they have designated areas where you can camp. They have so many open spots to camp, but it's so regulated it's not even worth it. FYI.