Kayaking Laguna Torrecilla Loiza Piñones

This kayaking trip is very long (6.41 km / 3.98 miles) and takes roughly 4 hours to make. Is very intense so is advisable that you have top physical condition before attempting it.

Route

I arrived at Loiza - Piñones and parked my car at "Corporación Piñones Se Integra" (check step 2 of my "Puerto Rico Vacation Kit #1" for instructions on how to get there).  They rent kayaks, but if you have your own they charge $5 to use their dock. I happily paid and continue to inflate my Sea Eagle Kayak.


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As I was inflating my kayak a group of tourist passed by and asked about my boat. They didn't knew inflatable kayaks were a thing so I talked a bit about it, but then someone asked the name of a tree that was near the water (is the tree on the left side of the picture above). I had no idea so couldn't answer that one. After that they went away as I continue to inflate my kayak.

Everything was setup so I immediately departed, but as I was in the water I noticed that I missed something extremely important. I left my life vest in the car so I immediately went back to get it (what a dummy I am LOL).


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Now I really had everything ready to make my kayaking trip. I started on red marker (see route above) and continued via the red line/path. There are several fishing boats and jetskis here, but the area is big enough to paddle safely.


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When I reached the area in the picture above I had two options, go straight or to the right. I always prefer going to the right because you cut through a mangrove that looks amazing.


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After going through the mangrove I was just behind the San Juan International Airport and is very fun to see airplanes flying over you. I always find fascinating that the sound of large commercial airplanes have a slight delay from their actual position.


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I continue going south, slowly moving to the green marker ("Rest Here 1" - see route above). The wind sometimes hits hard moving the water a bit and giving a nice breeze. I saw several boats and jetski going way faster than I was. It always bothers me that my kayak is so slow, but is still get me places.


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At this point I had been in the water for around 2 hours so it was time to rest for a bit. Around the green marker ("Rest here 1" - see route above) there is a mangrove with enough space and shade to rest.


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There are many other places in that area that you can even get out of your kayak. For my next trip here I will definitely look for another place to rest because the place I picked had this rather disgusting fungus.


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I rested here for about 15 minutes, but just as I was about to leave I noticed something red floating in the water. I first thought it was trash that floated there, but as I looked closer the red thing was my cheap water bottle.


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Of all the places it could had go it went behind the nasty fungus. I was not going to leave trash behind so using my paddle I pull it out. While I was doing that I grabbed one of the fungus (by accident) and it felt incredibly disgusting. Anyway I got my cheap water bottle back and from there on continue my route, now going via the orange path (see route above).

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Around the area of the picture above the wind was stronger, but nothing unmanageable. I continue and arrived at a very narrow path between mangroves that I needed to pass to get to the other side.


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When I enter this narrow path all I can say is that it smelled pretty bad.


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I continue through the narrow path at a steady pace for about 10 minutes and made it to the other side.


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From there on I was on the returning path, but was a little tired so I stopped on the green marker ("Rest Here 2" see route above) to rest for a little while.


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After resting for a bit and drinking some water I got on my kayak again for the final push. I continue back the path that I came until I reach the starting point. At the end of the trip I can honestly say that I was exhausted (started the trip at around 11:00 am and finished  at 3:00 pm). In spite of that I was incredibly happy with my achievement and very thankful that it didn't rain.


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After I deflated my kayak and put away everything in my car I went for a short walk in Piñones. I wanted to eat a Pincho and drink something cold (ended with a lemonade).


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I walked for a bit in "Paseo Piñones", enjoying how beautiful the beach is here. You can check out out the walking route I made on step 4 of my "Puerto Rico Vacation Kit #1".


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From here I had plans of visiting Old San Juan (step 6 of my "Puerto Rico Vacation Kit #1"), but was so incredibly tired from my kayaking trip that I just didn't have the energy. In the future I will take you to Old San Juan, but I will be doing a much simpler kayaking trip (most likely in Condado). Until then be sure comment below or contact me on my social networks. I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

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