Canoeing and kayaking are relatively new sports to Puerto Rico, although the island’s first Indian settlers probably arrived in dugout canoes a few thousand years ago. In the past decade, kayaking has taken off. Olympic smooth-water kayaking and kayak polo are now practiced on Puerto Rico’s lakes under the watchful eye of the Canoe and Kayak Federation of Puerto Rico.
You don’t have to be an Olympic champion to have an exciting experience running the island’s only real rapids on the Tanamá River or gliding silently along the island’s only navigable river, the Espíritu Santo. A kayak or canoe is a marvelous way to sightsee or bird watch on the island’s many man-made lakes, or on its countless coastal inlets, coves and bays.
Some of the most popular sites for ocean kayaking are along the coasts of the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, Ballenas Bay bordering the Guánica Tropical Dry Forest in the southwest, and the small east coast islets and cays off Fajardo.
There are many places you can rent a kayak, join an excursion or take classes. Start your search by contacting Club Kayak de Puerto Rico, whose members know the island almost as well as the Indians did!
Club Kayak de Puerto Rico (787) 782-6735.
Canoe and Kayak Federation of Puerto Rico (787) 755-4793.