Author: Tim S (---.hsd1.pa.comcast.net)
Date: 01-26-13 22:22
In my experience, most rental places and guide outfits need to accommodate the general public to make the experiences they offer safe, fun and pleasantly memorable. This doesn't mean that you, assuming you are qualified to objectively assess your own abilities and the limitations of each member of your group, can't plan for fun and challenging activities that are within your group's capabilities. And I do want to stress "the group's capabilities". We have kayaked to Culebrita, and have also decided not to kayak to Culebrita. Our decisions were based on the realities at each time. Most, not all of us, being capable "open-water" swimmers and watercraft familiar, have made the crossing when others may not have. You really need to be willing to listen to the advice you are given by the local businesses and their assessment of the conditions, and also, in the end, judge for yourself. If you have your own gear, then you should know the assumed risks. I am not one to tell some one "you can't do this or that", but I will tell people who are willing to listen, "know and take serious the limitations of all in your group". We have done open water swims with newbies and always have condition worthy watercraft accompanying us for the untested human factors. There is nothing like a panic attack to dampen the fun. These words are all just due diligence. Fun can be found everywhere on Culebra. I have never, ever been disappointed by the opportunities on Culebra or the hospitality of the Culebrenses. My suggestion, regardless of if it is Culebrita or Luis Pena, would be to NOT do it on a weekend day or holiday. Less people and less boating traffic, the main reason.