Caribbean Tourism

Food & Drink

Excursions

Puerto Rico’s coastline is protected in many places by coral reefs and cays which are fun to visit and explore. La Cordillera is a nature reserve of cays and rocks off the northeast tip of Puerto Rico, including Icacos, Diablo, Ratones and Las Cucarachas, which have a rich coral reef, clear water and sandy beaches. There is an abandoned limestone quarry on...

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-...

Panoramic Route

Heading east from Mayagüez is the Panoramic Route which runs the whole length of Puerto Rico, through some of the island’s most stunning scenery. It passes through the Cordillera Central, with large areas of forest, and there are several excursions to various countryside resorts. Despite the fact that you are never far from buildings, schools or farms, the...

Mona Island

Mona Island, 80 kilometres west of Mayagüez, is fascinating for historians and nature lovers, with turquoise sea and white sand. Originally inhabited by Taino Indians and then by pirates and privateers, it is now deserted except for its wildlife. Here you can see one-metre-long iguanas, colonies of sea birds and bats in the caves (possibly pirates too). 60-...

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...

Boqueron

On the south side of the west coast is Boquerón, in Cabo Rojo district, which has an excellent beach for swimming. It is very wide and long, admission US$1, parking for hundreds of cars, camping, changing rooms, beach and first 30 yards of sea packed with bodies on holiday weekends. About one and a half kilometres away across the bay is a beautiful,...

Places to Eat - Vieques

Almost all of the island’s restaurants are part of a hotel or guesthouse listed above. There are numerous small places offering take out or eat in sandwiches, hamburgers, barbecue chicken, etc. In Esperanza Inn on the Blue Horizon has Cafe Blu for fine dining, open Wednesday-Sunday 1800-2200, lunchtimes Saturday, Sunday, reservations recommended, T7413318,...

Places to Eat - San Juan

Old San Juan Fortaleza, Fortaleza 252. For Puerto Rican cuisine. Bistro, C Cruz 152. A pleasant, small restaurant and bar with tasty local food at reasonable prices. Chef Marisol, C Cristo. California cuisine with imported ingredients, including imported fish. La Mallorquina, San Justo 207, T7223261. The oldest restaurant in the Caribbean. Recommended. Also...

Places to Eat - Ponce

The restaurant of the Melia Hotel is good (look out for the ‘Breaded Lion’ on the menu), there is a vegetarian restaurant in the Plaza del Mercado shopping centre, Calle Mayor, 4 blocks northeast from main plaza. Fast food places on main plaza.

Places to Eat - Mayaguez

The Vegetarian Restaurant, C José de Diego. Open 1100-1400. Fuente Tropical, same street. Run by Colombians, good fruit shakes and hamburgers. Recomeni, C Vigo. Good inexpensive food, open all hours, eat in or takeaway.

Places to Eat - Eastern Tour

Rosa’s Seafood in Fajardo. Lighthouse, near Roosevelt Roads. Inexpensive meals. Plaza Caliente Seafood, opened April 1998 on the beach at Puerto del Rey Marina, T8609162.

Places to Eat - Culebra

There are several small restaurants in Dewey, offering local dishes and seafood. Takeaways available. Prices range from US$3-20. Dinghy Dock Restaurant on the water in the lagoon, breakfast, lunch and dinner, American and Caribbean food, kayak rental from their dock in town. El Pesquerito, breakfast and lunch, Puerto Rican and seafood, US$3-8. Wai-Nam,...

Places to Eat - Boqueron

Joyuda is famous for seafood restaurants on the beach; inexpensive food, good quality, nice atmosphere, whole, grilled fish is a must, especially snapper (chillo).

Food & Drink

Good local dishes are the mixed stew asopao, (chicken, seafood, etc). Mofongo, mashed plantain with garlic served instead of rice, is very filling. Mofongo relleno is the mofongo used as a crust around a seafood stew. Sancocho is a beef stew with various root vegetables, starchy but tasty. Empanadillas are similar to South American empanadas but with a...