Places to visit in
the Recreation area
It is less than thirty minutes by boat from Gran Roque. The most
interesting thing about this key is the beach which occupies
nearly the whole west side. Its waters are quiet and many
pelicans and Camiguana (small eatable fish, a bit smaller than a
Herring) fish for their food near the beach.
The border of the coast is occupied by fishermen and their make
shift housing, a site that has prevailed in the archipelago for
the past century. Four of these dwellings serve as restaurants
(Juanita, Don Luis, Camping Agua Clara y Don Felipe) where in a
very simple environment they serve fried fish with salad, rice
and Arepas (Corn bread).
"This dish is
my favorite when I anchor in front of this Island, and it is a
must every time I go there".
For snorkeling the
most interesting places are the Venada shoals at the southern
tip and the north beach. The latter is deserted and quite sought
by those who want to meditate under the protection of nature. At
the Juanita restaurant one can rent small sail boats,
catamarans, kayaks (bring ores).
The national parks institute (Inparques) operates sometimes a
base station where one can obtain all kind of information. This
station is in one of the oldest constructions of the old
up to date price and online reservation!
ride form mid Francisqui beach until La Piscina is a good
opportunity to enjoy the internal landscape of the keys, where
patches of red and black mangrove are outstanding including the
fields of prairie alike vegetation with its inside lagoons. Some
of these lagoons are about to dry up but before its very salty
waters are dyed red with the hues of algae which can grow in
this environment. Those who like geology can see in this key one
of the most developed storm terraces of the archipelago which
reaches a height of almost four meters.