As if the prospect of floating along on a turquoise sea weren’t idyllic enough, there’s even more to look forward to when you visit La Parguera, Puerto Rico. Once it’s too dark to enjoy that beautiful blue-green water, it actually glows. Two of the area’s bays — Bahia La Parguera and Bahia Monsio Jose are filled with a bioluminescent creature called dinoflagellates, which glow when they’re disturbed. Rent a boat or grab a charter, whether it be day or night.
Step 1Check the weather. Puerto Rico is in the middle of hurricane alley, so it’s important to know whether any storms are brewing from about May through November. Other times, an afternoon shower can put a damper on the boat trip. Use Weather.com or the National Weather Service to check for any storms that might be in the area, and plan accordingly.
Step 2Call a local boat company to inquire about rates. Some options include Aleli Tours (787-899-6086) or Johnny Boats (787-299-2212), though you must be older than 35 and pay in cash to rent from them. Another option is Cancel Boats (787-899-5891), which offers rentals as well as guided day and night trips around the Bay. Talk to any companies you’re interested in renting with to check on rates and whether you’ll need to pay a deposit.
Step 3Head to the docks of La Parguera and check out the available kayaks, sailboats and motor boats. While you will sometimes find good deals by visiting websites or calling the available boat rental companies, often the best way to stir up a bit of competition and get the best rate is to show up and haggle. Talk to the people running the rental shacks about their prices for the day and see if you can negotiate a better rate than what you were quoted on the phone. Ask if there’s a deposit or age minimum.
Step 4Make a reservation with one of the companies you contacted over the phone, or pay in cash at the docks.
Step 5Provide your driver’s license and a deposit, if you have to pay one, and get the keys. Be sure the boat is gassed up before you leave the dock, and fill it up if it’s not. Make sure you have life jackets for each member of your party.
- Drive responsibly, and return the boat at the time specified in your booking contract.
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