Caribbean Tourism

Accommodations

Vieques

Vieques a peaceful, relaxing, low-key island of rolling hills, is located 11 km across the sea from Puerto Rico. It was catapulted into the limelight in 1999-2000 when locals campaigned for the removal of the US military from their bases at the east and west ends of the island. The island is about 34 km long by 6 km wide, the inhabitants mostly concentrated...

The Southeast

One of the prettiest parts of Puerto Rico, which should be visited, lies south of Humacao, between Yabucoa and Guayama. Here are the villages of Patillas (público from Guayama) and Maunabo (público from Patillas, and from Yabucoa). There are a number of restaurants in this area, especially on the coast, which sell good, cheap food. Yabucoa is the east...

Rincon

Going north from Mayaguez, you come to Rincon, on the westernmost point of the island. Here the mountains run down to the sea, and the scenery is spectacular. For a great view visit the Punta Higuera Lighthouse, built on a cliff overlooking the surf where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet. It was refurbished in 1993 and offers a wonderful panoramic view of...

Ponce

Much renovation has taken place in the heart of the city; the Casas Villaronga and Salazar-Zapater have been restored (the latter to accommodate the Museo de Historia de Ponce), other houses are being repainted in pastel shades, streets have been made into pedestrian areas (for example the Paseo Peotonal Atocha and Callejón Amor), and the large, air-...

Mayaguez

Mayaguez is a crowded city with little of interest to the tourist. There are botanical gardens, at the Tropical Agricultural Research Station, near the University of Puerto Rico. Free. Monday-Friday, 0730-1630. The city also has a zoo. Adults US$1, children US$0.50. Tuesday-Sunday, 0900-1630. The tourist office is in the Municipalidad on Plaza Colón but...

La Parguera

Further west is La Parguera, originally a fishing village and now a popular resort with two paradores, guest houses, fish restaurants, fast food outlets. Noisy on holiday weekends. Fishing, kayaking, mountain biking and other activities are offered. Nearby is Phosphorescent Bay, an area of phosphorescent water, occurring through a permanent population of...

El Yunque

El Yunque (see also Flora & Fauna), or Caribbean National Forest, is a tropical forest and bird sanctuary. El Yunque is reached via Route 3 from San Juan towards Fajardo, and then right on Route 191. The forest is divided into north side and south side, with no road connection. After a series of landslides everyone has given up and Route 191 is...

Eastern Tour

An interesting round trip through the east half of the island can be done by a series of públicos from San Juan – Río Grande – Luquillo – Fajardo – Humacao – Yabucoa – Guayama – Cayey – Aibonito – Barranquitas – Bayamon – San Juan. If travelling by car, a variant between San Juan and El Yunque takes you on Route 187 from Isla Verde, outside San Juan, to...

The Interior

Out of the metropolitan area, ‘on the island’ are a variety of excursions; as it is a small island it is possible to see forested mountains and desert-like areas in only a short time. However, because the public transport system is rather limited, it is difficult if not impossible to visit some places without a rented car (see Getting Around and Before...

The Southeast

Near Maunabo, is C Playa Emajaguas Guest House, off the Ruta Panorámica, Route 901, Km 2.5, Box 834, Maunabo, T8616023. Lovely view, short walk down private path to empty beach (rough sea, currents), owned by Victor Morales and Edna Huertos, 7 apartments with kitchens, friendly, helpful, tennis court, pool table, horses. Highly recommended. Good seafood...

The Southwest

B Banos de Coamo at the end of Route 546, Coamo, Puerto Rico 00640, T8252186, F8254739. Thermal water springs (maximum 15 mins) and an ordinary pool (spend as long as you like), 48 rooms, bar, restaurant with limited hours.

San German

Inland from La Parguera, off the main Route 2, San German has much traditional charm; it was the second town to be founded on the island and has preserved its colonial atmosphere. It is an excellent base from which to explore the mountains and villages of southwest Puerto Rico. The beautiful little Porta Coeli chapel on the plaza contains a small, rather...

Rincon

LL Horned Dorset Primavera, Route 429, Km 3, T823-4030/4050. No children under 12, 22 suites, good restaurant, watersports but beach not good for swimming, pool, nothing much to do. B Villa Cofresi alongside it. AL-B Villa Antonio, Route 115, Km 12.3, T8232645/2285, F82333380. Apartment on a good beach for swimming and near good surfing beaches, a/c,...

Ponce

LL Ponce Hilton, on the beach, T2597676. A-B Hotel Melia, 2 Cristina, just off main plaza, PO Box 1431, T8420261, F8413602. A/c, TV, bath and breakfast, small stuffy rooms, not nice, roof top and garden terraces. Also the AL Ponce Holiday Inn, Route 2, Km 221.2, west of the city, T8441200, F8418085. Tennis courts, pools, and golf arrangements made. To the...

Panoramic Route

A Parador Hacienda Juanita, Route 105, Km 23.5, Maricao, T8382550. 21 modest rooms, part of an old coffee plantation, bar, restaurant, pool, volleyball, tennis, parking, facilities for disabled, cool at night. B Fomento Recreativo cabins at Km 13.1 on the Maricao Rd 120, T8735632/5652. Not a natural setting but cabins have a fireplace, sleep 6 and have cool...