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Kayak, SUP, or Snorkel on Calm Water in Fajardo

There is nothing better than enjoying the beautiful water around Fajardo. The water at Playa Ensenada Yegua is usually nice and calm, due to a coral reef, which makes the area perfect for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), and even some snorkeling. If you don’t have your own gear, there are 2 companies right there on the beach that will rent gear to you. They even offer guided snorkel tours. We recently spent an afternoon checking it out.

Playa Ensenada Yegua

Getting Your Bearings

Playa Ensenada Yegua, in Fajardo, is a favorite with locals. You probably won’t hear it called by that name. Most people call it “the beach at Las Cabezas Nature Reserve”, “the beach by the malecon”, or “the beach by Seven Seas”. Regardless, this beach is accessed from Road 987, just east of Balneario Seven Seas. The beach area has a thin strip of sand, but it stretches for miles around the tip of Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve. There are trees for shade, the sand is soft, the water is crystal clea, and usually calm. Underwater, this is sea grass and some coral reefs, so you could snorkel here. But I will honestly say that, knowing where the reefs are and swimming out to them, can be tricky. It’s best to snorkel here with a guide.

Playa Ensenada Yegua

There are 2 companies right at the malecon that offer kayaks and paddle boards for rent, snorkel equipment rentals, and guided snorkel tours. They also have other tours available, and you can contact them to find out about those. This is perfect way to enjoy the Fajardo water if you are active but don’t want to be part of the catamaran crowd.

On a tour, you will experience and learn about nature, in an area a little less traveled. We were in the area after walking to La Zanja, so we decided to stay for some fun, rent some kayaks/paddleboards, and try snorkeling.

Pirate Snorkel Shack Fajardo and Zúmbate Fun Rentals both offer guided snorkel tours (with equipment, tour guide / life guard, and flotation devices). I believe they are similarly priced. They both offer paddleboards and kayak rentals. If the weather or water conditions are bad, they may close … check their Facebook pages for updates.

Playa Ensenada Yegua

Going Out on the Water

We rented from Pirate Snorkel Shack (just by chance, no special reason why). We had our own snorkel gear, so the guys had a 2-person kayak, while I did the paddle board. Rentals come with a life jacket, and they gave us a map of the reefs and a fish ID card. They gave us a quick “how to paddle” lesson, and pointed out the general direction to head get to the reef. We paddled out, and that part was very enjoyable. It was a bit of a challenge to find the reef (it looks darker than the surrounding sand in the water). When we found it, the guys got out to snorkel while I held their kayak. It was windy, so I had trouble staying close to them. The wind drifted me away quickly! It was quite a workout for me and them to meet back up!

Playa Ensenada Yegua

The reef was deep. It was OK … it had some corals and fish. But it was not easy snorkeling. If you want to snorkel, I suggest you do it with a tour guide from the beach! Lesson learned! Or just snorkel from the beach in the sea grass area. That’s where you may see things like sea cucumbers, starfish, some fish, and other shelled creatures like conch or Bullnosed Helmets.

But we had a great time paddling, the scenery was beautiful. I believe the companies will make a guided paddle tour and teach you about the area, which may be very interesting!

Afterward, we saw that Zúmbate has clear kayaks … that sounds like it might make seeing the reef easier … maybe not, I don’t know!

Note that on-street parking can be problematic. If there is no on-street parking, pay to park at Balnerio Seven Seas and walk (short 5-minute walk). There are no facilities at Playa Ensenada Yegua, but there is a restaurant across the street from the malecon where you can get some good food and drinks and patrons can use the restrooms. Additionally, there are restrooms at the balneario.

Playa Ensenada Yegua

Details

Obviously, dress for the beach and water sports. That means sunblock, sun glasses, towel, and beverages. Stay hydrated! If the water or weather conditions are not good, they close.

Playa Ensenada Yegua is located in Fajardo, about a 1-hour drive from the San Juan area. This beach is accessed from Road 987, just east of Balneario Seven Seas.

Zúmbate Fun Rentals rents kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel equipment, and they give guided snorkel tours. Additionally, they rent bikes, and can give guided bike tours. They are open Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Call them 787 414 3343 or check their Facebook page for more info.

Pirate Snorkel Shack Fajardo rents kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel equipment, and they give guided snorkel tours. Additionally, they offer a SUP Yoga class. They are open 7 days/week from 8am to 5pm. Call them 787 556 0104 or check their Facebook page for more info.

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