Live out your fantasy of island escape and hop aboard a catamaran to Cayo Icacos, a deserted island surrounded by the bright blue Caribbean. On this day cruise from Fajardo, enjoy views of El Yunque mountains and then dig your toes into the beaches of Icacos, part of a nature preserve, and take a leisurely swim and snorkel nearby. A lunch buffet and drinks on board round out this day in paradise. The catamaran takes you back to civilization when you’re ready. For added convenience, upgrade and enjoy hotel transport from San Juan.
In the morning, head over to the marina in Puerto del Rey and board your sleek catamaran. Or, if you’ve opted for hotel transport, check the 'additional info' link below for your hotel pick-up time. As you sail, admire the mountains of El Yunque National Forest and Fajardo’s coastline of beaches, an upscale yacht harbor and a nature preserve. Sip a piña colada, rum punch, soda, juice or iced tea from the bar on board.After about an hour on the Caribbean Sea, anchor at Cayo Icacos, one of 10 small islands off of Fajardo that make up La Cordillera Keys Nature Reserve. (Depending on conditions, the captain may take you to Palominitos instead, another tiny, pristine island with a smattering of palm trees.) Slip on snorkel gear to explore the reef and warm Caribbean waters, go for a swim or beachcomb your way down the stretch of quiet paradise. Snorkel masks, fins and floating belts are all available on board.Around midday, satisfy hunger pangs with a lunch buffet on the boat. Build your own sandwich with freshly baked bread (pan de agua), sliced meats (turkey, ham, and pastrami or salami), sliced cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. Side accompaniments include gourmet pasta salad, chicken salad, coleslaw or bean salad, chips, cookies and fresh fruit. After lunch, head to a nearby reef area for more snorkeling fun. You might spot rays, octopuses, schools of colorful fish, as well as different varieties of coral. If you prefer to stay dry, stay on board and gaze at the underwater landscapes through glass windows. Or, change up the pace and shoot down the boat’s water slide.Then take a relaxing sail back and arrive midafternoon at the Puerto del Rey marina, where your hotel transport awaits (if option selected).