The clarity of the water there is like no other on the east coast of Puerto Rico. The long strips of reefs beside the abandoned pier are home to many schools of fish and other marine creatures that you’ll get to observe while you snorkel. Whether it is by a water taxi or a private charter, don’t miss the chance to stroll around the white-sand shore of this natural reserve and have a great day of swimming, snorkeling, or paddleboarding under the sun.
Cayo Icacos – often referred to as Icacos island – is the largest and most picturesque of the cays (little islands) that make up La Cordillera Nature Reserve off the northeast tip of Puerto Rico. This popular weekend destination has a relaxing, unspoiled beach to lounge on and is surrounded by unbelievably clear blue waters hosting a diverse and abundant underwater life, making it an ideal snorkeling site.
Just a 45-minute drive from San Juan to the Fajardo marina, reaching Icacos is a short, lovely sail off the coast. Icacos is literally a deserted island and no camping is allowed, so daytrips to the cay start early in the day. Most vessels anchor a few yards from Icacos’ main beach, framed by palm trees and sea grape bushes on one side and fringed with rocks dipping into the ocean on the other. Turquoise waves crash lightly against the white sand sprinkled with bits of seashells. It's a postcard-perfect location.