Welcome to Mar Chiquita

It's a paradise for bird watchers, with over 220 feathered species, 86 of which are migratory, including flamingos. Fishermen love it too, thanks to over 55 fish species. You can rent kayaks at the mouth of the lagoon. The nearby beach is also popular for windsurfing, kiteboarding or just hanging out for a while.

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Mar Chiquita Beach and Birth of a New World Monument Tour from Old San Juan

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Birth of the New World Statue - Cristobal Colon Statue, Arecibo, Puerto RicoOne of the newest wonders of our beautiful and diverse island is the Birth of a New World statue in the so called Captain's Correa Village, Arecibo. In this experience you will visit and enjoy as we locals call it, Columbus Statue, the western hemisphere tallest statue which also ranks 5th in the world.Enjoy the private and personal attention from your driver/guide. You will be picked up at your hotel or cruise ship by a private luxury vehicle and set out on a 70 minute journey through the north coast to be transported to the Statue that commemorates the 5th century of the discovery of the new world.After that you will be transported to Mar Chiquita beach, one of the top 10 emerging touristic spots in the world described as "spectacular, fascinating, magnificent and paradisiacal"... by tourists visiting this wonderful beach in Manati.Birth of a new world statueSculpted by Zurab Tsereteli from the Soviet Republic of Georgia in 1991, the statue prominently depicts Columbus controlling a steering wheel, with a backdrop featuring the Niña, Pinta and Santa María traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Made of 2,750 bronze and steel pieces and weighing more than 600 tons the monument's 360 ft (110 m) height made it the tallest in the world until 1998 and still tallest in the Western Hemisphere, dwarfing the Statue of Liberty and the Monumento a la Paz (also known as Virgen de la Paz).Just like the statue of Liberty, a smaller and modified version, named The Birth of a New Man and meant to be the European link of a two-part composition along with Birth of the New World, was adopted by Seville, Spain, and dedicated there in 1995.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Playa Mar Chiquita, Manati, Puerto RicoLegend tells the name comes from the legend of a Puerto Rican woman, very cheerful and attractive, who always walked along the shore of a large limestone rock.One day, as a result of an earthquake, she slipped and fell into the sea. Suddenly, on the verge of losing hope to save herself, one of the stones broke in half and the torrent of water that passed between the stones dragged her, leaving her on the sand "miraculously saving her". It is said that this woman was called Fini-Ana and that thanks to that miracle Mar Chiquita was formed, providing her waters in which she could then swim without any danger. Experiences originating from Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton are priced the same, but Golden Door Spa Gran Melia, St. Regis or Riomar resorts must choose the $25 pp for pick up since experiences originate from San Juan.Duration: 1 hour

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