Author: Debbie (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 04-29-07 17:12
What Michael was trying to point out is you have to double the 2.5 hours you've calculated for going there AND back.
It's interesting that the catamaran trip advertises Flamenco Beach, but the snorkeling is at Luis Pena, a separate, outer island (also called a cayo or key). If it took you to Carlos Rosario for snorkeling, you could take the path over the hill to Flamenco Beach to see it for yourself. You're on the wrong side of the island to even see Flamenco Beach while cruising if you go to Luis Pena only.
The trip to Culebrita is also a trip to an outer island. Doesn't mention anything about Flamenco Beach. Based on the route though, if they really travel along the north side one way and the south side the other way, you would at least get to see Flamenco Beach and the whole island for that matter. Nice deal to be on a vessel where you can enjoy the beauty of the waters, get some sun on the way over and back, and some great snorkeling in between.
If you take the ferry, here's how it goes. Not all ferries have enough outdoor seating for you to enjoy the ride. If you get stuck inside, it's kind of the same as being on a bus or a plane. Leave Fajardo 9am. Get to Culebra at 10:30 am, get off with 500 other people trying to jam into publicos for the 10 minute ride to Flamenco. Enjoy lunch at the kioskos at the beach, hang out at the beach until 3pm, so that you can catch the publicos back to the 5pm ferry. Arrive back in Fajardo 6:30pm.
Hope this helps.