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$8 Million Upgrade Proposed for La Parguera

Located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico, near the town of Lajas, La Parguera is the essence of Caribbean scenic beauty. Stunning white beaches, lush vegetation and the sparkling azure sea are features of this picturesque part of the island, while the bioluminescent bay adds to the pleasure of visiting La Parguera.

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla recently announced that an $8 million upgrade at La Parguera will include a boardwalk, bicycle lanes and the planting of mangroves. Moreover, streets, sidewalks and sporting facilities are to be refurbished, and infrastructure, such as water supply, will be improved. A twenty meter boarding dock is to be constructed by the Department of Natural Resources, and the existing dock at one of the beaches will be rebuilt. These will accommodate tourist and fishing boats with ease.

La Parguera is one of four areas on the coastline of Puerto Rico that has colonies of microscopic organisms known as dinoflagellates. These tiny organisms light up and glow blue-green in the water when disturbed. Visitors can hire a canoe or kayak to go out on the bay (fuel-powered watercraft are not permitted) to enjoy this phenomenon up close. Moonless nights are the best time to enjoy the bio bay, as the glow of the dinoflagellates is particularly bright in the absence of ambient light.

Experienced divers have rated La Parguera as one of the top dive destinations in the world, and its coral reefs are among the finest to be seen off the coast of Puerto Rico. The waters are very clear and warm and there are no strong currents to deal with – all adding up to perfect conditions for exploring the island's underwater world. Local tour operators are equipped to take divers out to the huge coral reef wall – known locally simply as "The Wall" – and other dive spots. In addition to spectacular coral and underwater vegetation, the marine life is diverse and colorful. Divers are likely to see bright green moray eels, stingrays, hammerhead sharks, and a host of brightly colored fish.

Certainly, La Parguera is a destination nature-lovers will not want to miss, and the proposed upgrade will no doubt make a visit to the area even more enjoyable.

 





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