|On Flamenco Beach|
|Green fish(?) with neon green outline, seen at Tamarindo Beach|
As part of the Luis Pena Channel Natural Reserve, Melones Beach, offers the possibility of seeing turtles and rays. Told to get there early to see the turtles, our 9A.M. arrival time the next day was too late, and the turtles had already breakfasted on the sea grasses and taken off for the day, but we did see string rays, a spotted eagle ray, a ribbon eel and a great diversity of fish. Fan and soft corals, along with several types of hard corals were seen here as well. A peacock flounder hid in the sand, and only a slight flutter of movement allowed him to be seen. After a couple of hours in the water, we moved back over to Flamenco Beach for some lunch and relaxation.
Culebra was our favorite of the eight islands we visited, with so much to offer. On boarding the ferry our last day, we regretted that we ran out of time to explore the waters off the small island. But time to head back home now. Next trip will be to South America in April, with plenty of adventures awaiting us there.
|Peacock Flounder hiding in the sand|
|Jewelfish swimming next to golden coral|
|Wooden statue near the ferry dock in Culebra|
|At Tamarindo Beach|