Want to monkey around? A 30 minute boat ride leaving from the renowned Palmas del Mar Resort in the municipality of Humacao ... More
Want to monkey around? A 30 minute boat ride leaving from the renowned Palmas del Mar Resort in the municipality of Humacao takes you to Santiago Cay, off the coast of Naguabo, better known as Monkey Island. This island is home to over 1,200 playful monkeys. Near this islet you can snorkel in a shallow coral reef or explore a sunken barge. Monkey Reef features a variety of tropical marine life and native corals. The Doral Resort at Palmas Del Mar offers full- and half-day charters to the island.
The experience itself was priceless. Watching the monkeys roam free and in a natural habitat. The only thing I would say was negative is the fact that the ride made my mom a bit nauseated. Someone that came along even jumped into the water and took out a star fish so we can see it up close. It's an experience I would never forget.
We chartered a boat out of the Palmas marina. The captain and the first mate were very friendly and personable. It took approx 15 min to reach the island, although we were not allowed to get very close. We had to maintain a distance of about 50 yards (maybe...can't remember exactly) from the shore to keep from upseting the monkeys. Luckily we had binoculars with us or we wouldn't have been able to even see the monkeys. It was funny how the monkeys actually prepared to attack us. They had rocks and sticks in hand and began throwing them towards us. We just continued snorkeling. The monkeys were pretty entertaining, especially once a couple of them started mating, making another jealous.
We took "La Paseadora" at the Malecón (boardwalk) in Naguago and I have to say that for $10 a person this was one of the highlights of my trip to Puerto Rico. Mr. Frank Lopez, the Captain of the boat, was not only very knowledgeable person in regards to the Monkey Island and the town of Naguago, but he was very funny and very accommodating as well. The ride takes around 30 minutes each way and we were very close to the Island and could clearly watch many monkeys all over the place. The kids were thrilled with the experience. La Paseadora runs from Thurs orFriday to Sunday. You can call 787-850-7881 to find out more about it.
My family and I loved it so much that we are going next year to do the snorkeling with Mr. Frank which is another activity that he offers with reservations only. The other thing that will take your breath away is the view from the boat. It was extremelly beautiful.
Once back from the boat ride we had lunch in one of the many restaurants in that area. There is fresh seafood al over the place. We ate at Makos and it was succulent. I was also able to buy some crafts from some of the vendors and tables around the Malecón.
This day of my summer vacation went on perfectly.