Summertimes in Guanica, Puerto Rico

We celebrated endless summers for 4 consecutive years in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The club organized a watersports vacation in the south west part of the island. We traveled with 30-35 invitees to this perfect location with calm bay, outer island nature reserve, and beautiful reef. It offered the perfect learning conditions, and incredible memories.

The hotels have various docks. We would bring a jet ski, motor boats, optimist sail boat, sunfish, hobie cat, water skis, wake boards, kite boards, windsurf equipment, paddleboards, scuba equipment, snorkel gear, fishing equipment, and the legendary “Screamer”, an inflatable for tubing.

We then spend a week on the water. The mornings were usually for ski sessions. We have a great learning program where participants start with kneeboarding, and progress through double skis, wake-board, and slalom ski.

The afternoons we’re dedicated to windsurf, kitesurf, and sailing. Kids would learn how to rig the sails, and how to tack and jibe in the bay.

Each night, one of the families would host a big dinner, and invite the other parties. We play music, and spend long hours into the night star gazing.

The participants were occasionally dared to do a nighttime paddleboard. Sometimes the bay would glow with bioluminescence, and Gilligans Island was like a magical oasis.

Certified scuba divers would venture to the cliffs of La Pared. The scuba dive included a dip to 50 feet, and then swim off the cliff to a ledge that dropped more than 200 feet. The wall has a fascinating eco-system with curious fish and corals.

The last night we coordinate a farewell dinner at Bodega Andreau Sole. The highlight was live music and a fascinating selection of flavored liquers made in a local winery. The dinner was always a big hit.

For 4 years we invited participants to Guanica, many took the offer, some did not. Little did we know how special those memories would be.

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