Kayaking the mangroves in La Parguera
Where: Southwest corner of Puerto Rico
Why: For getting up close and personal with tropical wildlife, it’s hard to beat a mangrove islet. Rare birds, crabs, lizards, manatees, dolphins, turtles, all manner of fish -- everything lives in these rich environments. In La Parguera, you’ll find upwards of 30 different islets, the closest around a mile offshore. In some places, the trees join above you, forming eerie tunnels and waterways that’ll have you wanting to film a movie, hopefully starring those manatees.
Bonus: La Parguera is also home to one of the world’s most vibrant bioluminescent bays. After a day of traversing the mangroves, see if you can get a local fisherman to take you out there, so you can jump in and make like a glow stick.